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Stories by Susan Riley

Will there ever be a right time for concerted action on climate? 

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
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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.
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.
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.

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