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Stories by Susan Riley

Time for Scheer to get another job 

Opinion|By Susan Riley
From now until April, Andrew Scheer’s entire focus is on saving his job when it comes up for review at the party’s convention in Toronto. His public comments are aimed only to Conservatives, especially angry ones. And he seems to think the way to win their favour is to double-down on Trudeau.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The Alberta premier’s belligerent and distorted attacks on 'Ottawa,' and his deafness to the climate change concerns that influenced the outcome of the recent election, is winning him no friends.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Monday’s outcome will be a verdict on the shameless brand of Trumpian politics that crept into this campaign. Does it work, or does a fair-minded, open-hearted, slow-to-judgment country assert itself and say 'enough'?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
So while science, a new generation, this particular moment, popularity,and history are all on Elizabeth May’s side, the electoral cards are stacked against her.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
A brace of new Green members could keep a new government’s feet to the fire on what is, arguably, an issue that transcends all others. For everyone else, there’s the Conservatives.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The NDP has ceded the environment to the Green Party, and is struggling to distinguish itself from other progressive parties on issues other than Quebec's Bill 21.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The only conclusion is that florid opposition to the federal carbon tax has less to do with protecting hard-pressed consumers, than with defending the oil industry’s ongoing right to pollute.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Public trust in politics takes a more sustained beating from legitimate political leaders every day than from any foreign bot, online troll, or basement-dwelling saboteur.
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Opinion|By Susan Riley
Water may flow to the sea, but will Canadian oil ever get to Chinese ports? There are indisputable environmental and practical reasons to oppose the idea.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
But what about the planet? There's been too little room for a thoughtful, passionate defence of stringent environmental protections, unfettered by short-term economic considerations—before it's too late.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Justin Trudeau has two personality traits that have deeply harmed his prospects. The first is a stubborn refusal to acknowledge a mistake. The second is that he appears to love the sound of his own voice.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The main parties are on the same page on ending subsidies; they're just having trouble reconciling their schedules. Complete phaseout starting in 2019? No. How about 2050? How about never? Does never work for everyone?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Justin Trudeau is in trouble as the October election looms, but he has a good story to tell on trade. Besides the new U.S./ Mexico/Canada deal, his government signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 other Pacific Rim countries.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
It is a flawed attempt to buy permission for a major industry to continue producing a product that is harming the planet and that is increasingly reviled globally. That this is the best we can do is distressing.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are doing politics differently, as, it must be said, is Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The sad thing is that they are so alone.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The government sacrificed two cabinet ministers, handed a bludgeon to its political opponents, made itself vulnerable to more 'jobs blackmail,' and made a mockery of the PM’s tributes to 'an independent judiciary.'
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Justin Trudeau, himself, has signalled an openness to rescue a company that has repeatedly fallen afoul of legal and ethical practises, overseas and at home.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
This pre-election period in Canada needs several Daniel Dales, news organizations that will assign an individual, or a team, to full-time research of incendiary political claims.
It sounds as if Andrew Scheer is opposing for the sake of opposition, and, worse, not with an eye to Canada’s larger interests.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls it reconciliation. But until Indigenous voices are truly heard, it looks more like the same old bribery and bullying.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
No one ever advances evidence of a specific carbon tax, in a specific place, killing specific jobs. Instead, this threat is accompanied by vague warnings.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The future of Canada’s oil industry, the future of oil itself, is a complicated and divisive issue, ridden with false claims. It may also be the defining issue of the next federal election.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The threat lies south of the border where a crazed, but effective demagogue has turned lies into truth and the media into the enemy. We can’t let that happen here.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The federal Liberals, self-described champions of climate action, are approving giant fossil fuel projects at breakneck pace, even compared to their predecessors, the oil-friendly Harper Conservatives.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
But there is a sea change in the air as more elections—provincial and federal—loom.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
History has a way of turning on former leaders, often long after the fact. They might want to consider what is happening to Sir John A. Macdonald.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Trying to please the party's various factions on the pipeline-climate change issue has kept the NDP silent, or disjointed, on a crucial policy front.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
As with electoral reform and, increasingly, the environment, Trudeau is throwing that constituency overboard in an attempt to mollify, or win over Canadians who would never vote for him in the first place.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
It is something to think about the next time you enjoy some shady park, or quiet beach, or lakeside boardwalk—or even breath in surprisingly fresh summer air. It takes politicians, and bureaucrats, with vision, shrewdness, and community support to beat back the greedy, self-interested, banal armies of the status quo.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
And, brace yourself: it is almost certainly bound to get worse, as we head into an interminable pre-election period starting in the fall.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Those who urge Trudeau to jettison the supply management program are wrong. Canada would not be liberating its farmers to conquer the world as its critics claim. We'd be putting further distance between what we produce.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Justin Trudeau not only imperils his re-election chances in 2019, he risks squandering the small, progressive steps his government has taken over the last few years.

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