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Conservatives’ spat a gift for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Opinion|By Tim Harper
Conservative Party Leader Scheer has given an uncommonly long leash to other caucus members who have taken to social media this summer to launch unsubstantiated and often outlandish claims, writes columnist Tim Harper.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
The political future of Jagmeet Singh and the foreseeable fortunes of his federal NDP now sit with voters in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ceded ground this week on both sides of the climate debate, writes columnist Tim Harper.
If Doug Ford wants to butt heads with the prime minister next year, that should be a skirmish that Justin Trudeau would relish.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Bob Rae's new role will be that of an observer as Andrea Horwath becomes the first NDP leader in a generation who can campaign without the weight of the Rae government on her shoulders.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
The coming year in politics will be full of hairpin turns and issues that no one saw coming, making a mockery of any prognostication.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Missing the court-imposed June 6 deadline will not plunge this nation into some type of chaotic constitutional abyss, but the past 16 months leading to that deadline have taught us a lot about our political system and the men and women who represent us. It tells us a lot about the perils of fixed election dates, a move to remove partisanship from the Senate, the management of the legislative agenda by a rookie government, but most of all it tells us a lot about the timidity of our elected representatives.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
This mushy-middle bill is vulnerable and two-thirds of opposition MPs have been denied the opportunity to be heard on a historic bill, and that means their constituents have been gagged.
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Opinion|By Tim Harper
Indigenous high school students ask pointed questions of the PM.
This is, in fact, a major testing of a prime minister barely six months into his job. The fate of a second Canadian being held, 50-year-old Robert Hall, hangs in the balance.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
The church and its health-care providers may see a way out. But it puts institutions ahead of the rights of dying patients. The blame for that rests with a government that gives the church the room to take that road.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Kellie Leitch may have a long climb into the first tier of the Conservative race, but she can draw on a well of support from networks established by her late friend and mentor, Jim Flaherty, and all the way back to the days of former Ontario premier Mike Harris.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Rookie Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a budget that should be an easy political sell to Canadians and will be applauded by the party's core constituency, with its promises to the middle class, its investments in infrastructure and innovation, its employment insurance reforms, its green initiatives, and First Nations investments.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
This Trudeau budget also illustrates the box in which New Democrats are living. Unelectable when promising big deficits and unbelieved when promising to balance the budget, New Democrats will look at Tuesday’s budget in frustration, because this really could be delivered only by Liberals.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
'The Liberals have done a masterful job of preparing Canadians for years of deficit, a sales job that turned recent political orthodoxy on its head,' writes Tim Harper.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
We are still 15 months from the introduction of a new Conservative leader in this country, but amidst many sober, sage calls for a party to open up new policy avenues and find a way to speak to voters who do not hear them, the lure of the bright shiny object beckons.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Justin Trudeau took a chance on Bill Morneau and now both are taking a chance on the economy.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
He is not miffed, he does not feel snubbed, they say. Is he owed something by a party that wouldn't be where it is if Bob Rae didn't roll up his sleeves and don a hard hat when it was needed? So far, I guess not.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
In opposing Stephen Harper that day in October 2014, Justin Trudeau said Harper owed it to Canadians and soldiers to be clear on the mission. Sixteen months later, it is Trudeau who this time has muddied that line. It wasn't 'non-combat' then and it certainly isn't now.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
'The Liberals have announced they would continue the ground mission—in fact triple the number of the Canadians on the ground—and call it “advise and assist.’’ It wasn’t “non-combat’’ then and it certainly isn’t now,' writes columnist Tim Harper.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
Alberta will be competing against big city mayors, First Nations, the middle class . . . the list is long. Only then can we measure whether Trudeau put some money where his mouth was this week.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
The Canadian delegation to Davos illustrated this change of emphasis by Trudeau and the repudiation of the hewers of wood era of Stephen Harper.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
The NDP caucus meets today in Montebello, Que., to plot parliamentary strategy.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
For the first time, government-sponsored refugees have topped the numbers of privately sponsored refugees, and another 15,000 displaced Syrians—a mix of both programs—will arrive by the end of February.
Opinion|By Tim Harper
By word or by deed, 12 people, five women and seven men, including a prime minister, a mayor, three premiers, and a First Nations leader, are set to be the most influential dozen political personalities in 2016.

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