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Stories by Tim Powers

There’s more to Jason Kenney than he allows to meet the eye

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The political theatre they generate can work in the PM’s favour. But as a tool to achieve tangible results for Canadians, they are as useful as Stéphane Dion’s leadership of the Liberal Party.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Alberta premier can’t transform herself into a Jason Kenney clone, but the Angry Albertan fist pumper is more appealing to voters.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Kevin O’Leary’s shock-jock style of commentary, coupled with his poor political judgment, could present Andrew Scheer with some problems.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There’s an opportunity for Canadian sport leadership to use Calgary's rejection of the 2026 bid to push the IOC to change the nature and cost of the games.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If you know a politician, you know one of the hardest things they can do is let go of the game. There is always a next election; except this time there shouldn’t be for Hillary.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
She’s sending a clear message that she believes her appointment as governor general in 1999 was a lifetime sinecure.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
In the past, this has proven to be fundraising gold for the Tories and further fuel for the base.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Sen. Mike Duffy was acquitted, but the Harper government took a hit, having an unpleasant picture of its operating culture put on display just before an election. The Liberals now await a similar fate.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There’s no strong pool of voters creating the opportunity to wedge against the prevailing acceptance that legal weed is here to stay. Even most Conservative voters support or can accept it.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Canadians aren’t in rapture over the notion we must immediately and forcefully address a warming planet, so it’s hard to imagine our politicians would be either.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Nearly 25 years ago, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. It sounded like a lifetime sentence of misery, but it propelled me on a journey that has led to much awakening.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Let’s take lessons from the weekend tornados to harness a more co-operative public service model without the need for debris to be flying around and emergency alerts bellowing from smart phones.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
A Liberal MP leaving a Liberal government to join the Conservative opposition helps dampen the flames of an apparent Tory implosion after Maxime Bernier’s exit.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s opponents won’t be weak forever; in fact, he could risk accelerating their rebirth if he comes across as the guy who must win every fight.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The buck stops with the PM on NAFTA and Trans Mountain, but fewer bucks will be flowing in the country unless some of this gets unstuck.

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