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The long road back from COVID will challenge Canadians on every front

Opinion|By Les Whittington
The post-COVID era will be politically definitive. Canadians will have to decide if they are a progressive social democracy or a nation of backward-looking reactionaries with one foot in the Trump camp.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With only a minority in Parliament and facing a once-in-a-century health crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is understandably cautious about confronting this third rail of Canadian politics.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s a massive failure of the courts, the legal profession, the police, and society in general to protect women subjected to gender-based violence.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It may be that some federal officials are relieved that, with a guilty plea, there will be no public airing of the serious lack of security for Trudeau and the GG exposed by the July 2 incident.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
As COVID-19 persists into a second year and shows signs of becoming a worse catastrophe, the prospects for elected leaders could take a decidedly negative turn.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canada could end this relationship and insert in its place a home-grown head of state, but it’s not likely to happen.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While Trump’s incitement of the mayhem at the Capitol has hurt his standing with Americans, generally, polls indicate his followers by and large have not been chastened or turned against the outgoing president.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Among the lessons for Canada in this capstone of Trump’s destructive tenure is the danger of coddling good old (white) boys.
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
In the rich, industrialized world at least, the pandemic proved that our societies aren’t equipped to deal with crises that paralyze our economies and rely on individual responsibility to confront a universal problem.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The abiding lack of accountability between overtures and action is what gives right-wing populism its power for demagogues like Trump.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Viewing this from north of the border, one has to keep in mind that the currency Trump uses is not unknown here.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The package is meant to keep the economy afloat as Canada grapples with the unexpectedly fierce second wave of COVID-19 while laying the groundwork once a vaccine is in place for a long-term recovery.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A provision allowing organizations to disclose de-identified data to governments for 'socially beneficial' purposes is one of two likely controversial aspects of Bill C-11.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The pandemic, coupled with the rise in illiberal political movements, has made the future of free-flowing information and facts more in doubt than ever.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Despite Biden’s victory, hoped-for improvements in U.S. co-operation on trade, economic matters, and the environment may prove largely elusive.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Anti-elitist politics, based on resentment, misinformation, and demagogic messaging, have consequences.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The PMPRB’s recent experience, which saw the new guidelines challenged in court by the pharmaceutical industry, provides a glimpse of the challenge ahead.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Regardless of polls, it’s difficult to write off Trump, whose surreal fun house of lies, demagoguery, and hate keeps his deluded right-wing base coming back for more.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A Democratic victory on Nov. 3 by Joe Biden would eliminate the gratuitous anti-Canadian attitude favoured by Trump, but the Democrats’ attitude on free trade is mixed.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It goes without saying that, with the second wave of the pandemic roaring ahead, Canadian leaders need to work much harder to reinforce the message that individual responsibility is the key to holding back COVID-19.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It is obvious now, with the pandemic bouncing back fiercely, that the virus will dictate socio-economic conditions and every government’s programs for some time to come.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Bringing new ideas about creating a better Canada to life will require time and an ongoing, historic commitment once the pandemic recedes.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Conservative standard bearer has continued his party’s policy of demonizing Justin Trudeau, never missing a chance to depict the prime minister as a preening celebrity.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canada has not been fertile ground for this approach, but heavy-handed, illiberal populism gains ground with the normalization of extremism and the politics of fear, hate, and resentment.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The shape of the country’s politics, social policy framework, and economy will hang in the balance as leaders manoeuvre for advantage around the upcoming speech from the throne.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
That nearly half as many Conservatives cast ballots for Sloan as MacKay tells you everything you need to know about this contest.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The challenge will be bringing the Conservatives together forcefully enough to take advantage this time of the Liberals’ renewed problems.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canadians should be ready for further trade ambushes on flimsy national security grounds, including possibly renewed tariffs on Canadian steel.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
There’s a direct line over the decades connecting the Montreal massacre to the outpouring of sexualized hate and threats against McKenna.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On pharmaceuticals, Canada appears to be the most salient miscreant in Trump’s contrived attempt to finally do something about the drug price outrage in the U.S.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
This lack of official information after such an incident would not be tolerated in any other so-called advanced country; here we live with it.

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