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Leonard Tilley: unlikely saviour of Confederation, ‘rare example of a politician who knew when not to talk’

Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—When British North American colonial leaders gathered at QuĂ©bec City in 1864 to shape the details of the Confederation project, one man stood out, in historian P.B. Waite’s words, as “the rare example of a…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—Originally, Confederation was meant to be not just a political but an economic union. The purpose of this economic union was the creation of an integrated East-West national economy. And 150 years later this remains…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—The metaphor of a marriage is often used to describe the union of the British North American provinces of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Perhaps fewer Canadians know that an actual marriage was a…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—The year 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, should be more than an occasion for “feel good” celebrations and parties. It should also be a time to reflect on some of the enduring themes that have…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—On Jan. 21, it's estimated that 4.8 million people in the United States and around the world, including protesters in Ottawa, participated in marches in support of causes they believed to be threatened by Donald Trump’s presidency. For…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—On Jan. 21, it's estimated that 4.8 million people in the United States and around the world, including protesters in Ottawa, participated in marches in support of causes they believed to be threatened by Donald Trump’s presidency. For…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
The first two articles in this series made the following points: Between 1990 and 2000, market and disposable income inequality in Canada rose significantly, poverty rates rose or remained stable for people under 65, the real…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—My column in last Monday's issue, “It’s time to tackle inequality and poverty in Canada," pointed out that between 2000 and 2014, market and disposable income inequality declined slightly in Canada, poverty rates for the…
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Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Many people believe that income and wealth inequality and poverty are serious and growing problems in Canada. But the perception that the situation has only gone from bad to worse over the past several years,…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—A national vote is held on a controversial issue. The overall result is close with the winning side’s margin under four per cent. One large, populous region votes massively for the losing side. The vote…
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
OTTAWA—Donald Trump has now passed the threshold where he has enough delegate support to assure him the Republican nomination for president. This development has intensified discussion about where Trump and his supporters fall on the…

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