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Stories by Tim Powers

Late MP Obhrai demonstrated the good that can still be found in federal politics

Opinion|By Tim Powers
Deepak Obhrai got into politics for the right reasons, wasn’t misdirected by ambition, spoke truths to power when needed, and departed with a well-earned reputation of decency.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
When Canada looks like its mimicking message control approaches from the Chinese, we are failing in making the case that we are some virtuous democracy that should be listened to.
News|By Tim Powers
When he stepped down before, Gerald Butts wasn’t meant to be sentenced for an eternity to purgatory. However, timing is everything, whether in politics or sport, and he is back on the field a tad too early.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Canada's premiers were at a prostates-only party in Saskatoon and Donald Trump was being Donald Trump, the U.S Women’s National soccer team was disrupting all manner of cultural norms.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The party might be engaged in a clever form of psychological warfare where in fact it has built a Trojan horse, or it may truly be out of steam. Let us hope not, as the NDP is good for Canadian democracy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Recent provincial elections have taught us that there is a bit of a disruptive mood in the land that has led voters to make less predictable choices.
With all the major parties recognizing they need to compete on climate policy, that should create openings to address the issue seriously—not dodge it.
It looks like we are about to step backwards as politicians want to be safe in talking about some romantic health-care system that doesn’t exist as opposed to the one that does.
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Opinion|By Tim Powers
The prime minister may apologize too much, but Andrew Scheer also needs more than words.
Rodger Cuzner had a massive impact in Ottawa by being who he is. He did Cape Breton proud because he reminded the rest of us what fine, capable leaders look and act like.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott can afford to be fearless, since most of the scenarios they have gamed out show many more positives than negatives in their upcoming electoral contests.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The openness of the retiring Supreme Court of Canada justice also affords the court an extra degree of credibility in showing how key societal institutions are connected to the rest of us.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Contain yourselves, one and all, for the enlightenment that awaits us. I'll buy the beer and popcorn.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Be wary of old prisms and assumptions when looking at things political these days.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Corporate leaders need to play a consistent, open role in daily political discourse, like smart unions and environmental bodies do. And that’s not as simple as aligning with one party.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It’s unfortunate our political leaders don't spend as much time addressing people’s concerns as they do playing off them.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Alberta politician isn’t the villainous, heartless character out to destroy the planet, as some of his political opponents ridiculously try to characterize him.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If tripping over themselves with a leaking campaign wasn't enough, someone thought it would be a grand idea for the prime minister's personal lawyer to send Andrew Scheer a libel notice.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Rock goes to the polls before school rises for the summer, but the large number of undecided voters means there’s no certainty about the outcome.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Trying to figure out the next plot twist in this ongoing political drama would be a fool’s errand.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
After a month trying to clean up this self-made mess, the PM appointed ex-Liberal minister Anne McLellan as a special adviser, leaving little faith the advice might be free of the appearance of political influence.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh has arguably outperformed Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer in the wake of revelations from the former attorney general.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Instead of manning the barricades, Justin Trudeau is better off admitting he and his officials erred in the way they dealt with former minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Will Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party play spoiler for the Tories? Will the SNC-Lavalin story help or hinder the Liberals in Quebec? Time will tell.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Gerald Butts is a highly skilled warrior, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where fighting Jody Wilson-Raybould in public helps the government.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The late NDP MP was a fundamentally humble man who sought to make a difference, not further the family name.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The party got a load of free advertising, while the heritage group got a chance to remind people of its mission.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The last pre-election budget, a contested environmental assessment bill, and the Burnaby South byelection are all on politicos’ radars.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
He may not win many seats this fall, but his nascent political party is so far succeeding in its drive to be a disruptive force.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The winners and losers of the most-recent cabinet shuffle, while fun to talk about, won’t be a factor in whether the Liberals come out on top in the October election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The fact that the heroic and humble ambassador is contemplating getting into the bar-room brawl that is now provincial politics is creating a moment of optimism that is needed in Atlantic Canada.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Singh and Scheer both need to matter more in the political conversation, while Trudeau is likely wishing for a smooth-sailing economy and more chances to position himself in contrast to Trump and Ford.

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