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Jagmeet Singh digs himself a deep hole

Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
His decision to bar sitting MP Erin Weir from contesting the NDP nomination in his own riding has sparked an open revolt in the Saskatchewan wing of the party.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Justin Trudeau says Canada is fulfilling its international obligations. In a way he’s right. By and large, Canada is doing everything the U.S. wants. Surely that’s enough.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
European members of NATO call Russia a threat, while their businesses work on a pipeline to ease the flow of natural gas from Russia to Europe.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Donald Trump accuses Canada of being a free rider. But the real story is that, in practical terms, NATO does not mean much to Canadians. They prefer their governments to spend money on things that do—which is why successive Conservative and Liberal governments have been so miserly when it comes to defence.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Ottawa says it wants to wait to reform animal-cruelty legislation until it was able to undertake a complete rethinking of the Criminal Code, writes columnist Thomas Walkom.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Canada's foreign affairs minister has articulated a truth that Americans would be wise to consider: Don't screw your friends, writes columnist Thomas Walkom. You might need them sometime.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
In this campaign, the partisans of each leader treat the other as some kind of Satan.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
In all of this, the federal government’s assumption appears to be that the obstacles facing Trans Mountain are transitory—that all Ottawa need do is guide the project through a rough patch.
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Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
But for Doug Ford the easy ride is over. He now has to specify exactly what he would do if elected and explain why his solutions are superior to Andrea Horwath’s.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Why is public auto insurance not on the political radar in Ontario, where drivers pay by far the highest premiums in Canada?
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The peace train is rolling in the Korean Peninsula. Countries such as Canada that traditionally take their cue from the U.S. might want to hop aboard—even if Trump doesn’t.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
If this dispute is to be handled by law alone, then pipeline proponents have the edge. The Constitution seems clear that Ottawa has the ultimate authority over interprovincial undertakings.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The Russians are being punished for saying that Chrystia Freeland’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. The only trouble with all of this is that the Russians were telling the truth.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
If he and his party win the June provincial election, it will be for homegrown reasons.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Sometimes governments talk tough when they are tough. But sometimes they do it to distract attention when they are preparing to cede ground, writes Thomas Walkom.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
A new law, known popularly as Bill 62, makes it illegal for Quebec public services to be given or received by people wearing face coverings.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The Airbus deal effectively marks another failure in Canada's long-running efforts to nurture a homegrown aerospace industry. It seems we are not big enough to go it alone.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
It is encouraging to see any finance minister attempt to do anything about this problem. Let's give half a cheer for Bill Morneau's attempt at tax reform. At least he tried.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Canada and Mexico could keep the shell of NAFTA alive until Trump is replaced. This is the strategy Japan hopes to use with the remnants of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal from which Trump has already removed the U.S.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The North Korean crisis has thrown Japan's beleaguered Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a lifeline. But it is a slippery one.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Aung San Suu Kyi's reluctance to champion this particular group may stem in part from the fact that, in Burma, the army still remains a powerful force. Or it may stem from the fact that Rohingya Muslims are not popular among Burmese voters, the majority of whom are Buddhist. Or it may merely reflect her view of the world.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
U.S. President Donald Trump has changed the calculus. He is insisting not only that America must win from the NAFTA talks but that Canada and Mexico must lose. His is an aggressive form of nationalism that borders on jingoism. But it could spark a new, practical and more productive form of Canadian nationalism in response. And that wouldn't be so bad.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples seemed relegated to the ashcan of history, until now.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The strategy of maintaining a war going badly and inherited didn't work for Nixon and almost certainly won't work for Trump.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Donald Trump likes to portray himself as the victim. The purveyors of 'fake news,' he says, undermine him because they cannot accept that he won the U.S. presidency. His paranoia isn't entirely misplaced.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
His Canada Seniors Guarantee would scrap OAS and roll it, along with three other programs aimed at those 65 and over, into one means-tested benefit for the elderly poor. It's a bold move that bears an uncanny resemblance to an idea floated—but never acted on—by Jean Chrétien's Liberal government in 1996.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
The deal reached between Omar Khadr's lawyers and the federal government, whereby Ottawa will pay the 30-year-old Muslim-Canadian roughly $10-million in compensation, is not the first of its kind. It won't be the last.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Today, Canadian special forces are fighting in Iraq, where they shoot and kill enemy soldiers. But the government refuses to call this combat. Meanwhile, a decision on where to send Canadian peacekeepers has been postponed indefinitely. On June 27, Trudeau stuck by the fiction that Canadian troops involved in combat are not involved in combat. He also said that Canada would commit troops only to a UN peacekeeping mission that has 'a chance of success.'
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
I will celebrate it although our history of nation-building includes the usual mixture of bad-faith dealing, intolerance, and greed. I will celebrate it even if some of my compatriots among the country's indigenous peoples do not.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Last week, Ontario government lawyers argued in court that even if Wynne's cabinet had privatized Hydro One to solicit campaign contributions, it was within its rights to do so.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
A marketplace bombing in Iraq is back-page news in the West. An attack in London that kills far fewer tops the newscasts. This is understandable. It is also what the terrorists want.
Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
Catherine McKenna can keep asking but all she will get are the same non-answers. It is a classic standoff between a first-term minister and a canny bureaucracy. We shall see who blinks first.

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