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Stories by Susan Riley

Another pipeline, another panic 

Opinion|By Susan Riley
Once again, the Trudeau government’s larger, loftier climate ambitions seem to vanish every time a pipeline company, or a western premier, declares that the sky is falling. It never falls.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
If Question Period remains impervious to reform, it needs to be marginalized—fewer sessions, selected topics, no longer televised?—and replaced by more rigorous committee hearings with rotating casts of MPs.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
As deft as it was in designing and delivering relief, the Trudeau government’s ability to sell its message remain abysmal.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Erin O’Toole currently has a foot in two camps—those who want a modern, centrist party that takes climate change, social justice and the role of government seriously, or, the moral purists.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The prime minister has to know that any detailed, well-funded federal 'intrusion' on provincial turf, aimed at improving long-term care, could be wildly applauded by the public.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
If Justin Trudeau was serious about climate, he would stand up to Jason Kenney and the well-financed oil lobby, not to Joe Biden.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
'Shaming and blaming people does not prevent the spread of COVID. It creates stigma. It drives people underground,' says Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, and ain't that the truth.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
There is appropriate fodder for opposition critics, but instead they waste hours demanding timelines when everything is in flux, greeting every federal announcement with the same level of hostility and volume.
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Opinion|By Susan Riley
The clearest culprit in the current mess is an ideology—the neoliberal preference for small government, the stubborn and wrong-headed belief that private sector is always more efficient, a distrust of science.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The Trudeau government has shown it can move quickly, and mostly effectively, when faced with a health crisis. Wasn’t climate change supposed to be a crisis, too?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The Conservative motion is a fishing expedition, and, given the ongoing crisis, definitely out-of-season.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Taxing the rich sounds good in a campaign ad, but making it work requires careful design, clever marketing, and enduring commitment. These are not qualities associated with political leaders of any persuasion.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Why waste any more time and emotional energy blaming anyone, or everyone, when we need governments, political leaders, school boards, and public health agencies to start fixing what went wrong?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The climate crisis is accelerating with every passing season. If not now, when? If not us, who?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Canada's federal party leaders have another chance to deliver much-needed social reforms, if they can ignore the temptations of partisan politics.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
He was wealthy, politically naive, and loyal to the point of tedium. It cost him his job.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
As a political issue, the environment has definitely been downsized.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Some eternal verities are not so eternal after all—and that includes the present-day Conservative Party as a dominant force in federal politics. Increasingly, it speaks for a disappearing Canada.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
It is crucial, however, that everyone shares equally the sacrifices and rewards that lie ahead. That will require uncommonly wise political leadership.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Canada's record on reducing carbon emissions doesn't match Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's rhetoric.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
It may be too much to ask that our prime minister, premiers and opposition leaders not revert to familiar behaviours, to the old struggle for partisan advantage, and forget too soon the tragedy that unfolded on their wat
Opinion|By Susan Riley
When it comes to when and how fast we should resume quasi-normal life as pandemic infection rates slow, the answer probably depends on how old you are, how broke you are, and where you live. Or so you would think.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
We’ll get our democracy back when this crisis is over—along with the daily barrage of Quebec Period—but, in all honesty, has anyone really missed it?
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Canadians are getting their first sustained exposure to the talent, variety, and weaknesses around the cabinet table.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
Everyone needs to be rowing in the same direction. Well-paid and well-insulated critics, sniping from the sidelines, need to put their outrage in park.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
In a macho political culture, peacemakers are not 'blessed'; they are suspect.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
This moment calls for humility and understanding on all sides—not inflammatory attacks on imagined provocateurs.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
A government that takes the climate crisis seriously, would manage down existing projects over coming years and pour all its energy, imagination and money into encouraging alternative enterprises.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
It is early days, there may be other candidates stepping up, but at the moment it looks as if that prize will go to yet another ambitious, confident and aggressive white male politician straight from central casting.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
We’ll soon see if Conservatives are interested in more of the same—however artfully it is packaged.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
If the government rejects Teck Resources’ Frontier Mine, Jason Kenney declared, it leaves the oil industry in his province 'no way forward.'
Opinion|By Susan Riley
John Wilkinson is well-versed on environmental issues and said to be a good listener. But his initial comments do not signal any urgent resolve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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