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Don’t put yourselves in knots over all political family ties

Opinion|By Tim Powers
My hope is this Ratansi mess does not lead to a politically motivated ill-thought-out reaction. A desire to erase all form of familial-related employment in federal politics would be dumb.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There are political neophytes growing up now who will see Trump’s political success even in defeat and look to copy it. What a rotten legacy with real potential impacts for us all.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Remembering Maz is also vital as the American election comes to a merciful end. His bridge-building approach, grounded in decency and respect, should be more sought after in the days ahead across North America.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It is not hard to conceive the Trudeau Liberals would want to get the support of Canadians while they are writing them cheques, and before they hand them the bill.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While I agree the opposition is right to push for accountability of the government, their messengers can sometimes drift with their rhetoric and imaginings.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
One and half months into his leadership and no one is calling for his head—that is pretty good by Conservative Party standards.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Whenever I've felt I need an exercise pick-me-up, I binge watch The World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. It makes the virus just seem like a pimple on the arse of life.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
One of the great casualties of COVID-19 is the division it is sowing between regions and people on an individual level.
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Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Atlantic Canada has done a good job of managing COVID-19 counts, it is breathtakingly short-sighted to assume that the retention of the 'bubble' for a sustained period is effective policy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The return of Parliament will likely provide us brief moments of escape from our pandemic prison. Unfortunately, though the virus’ outbreak will continue to dominate everything.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Since the Kielburgers announced their decision to shutter WE Charity's Canadian operations, a game of blame and brand protection has broken out.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Teachers and early childhood educators are the new front line in this COVID-19 conflict.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If the return to school is a mighty mess and wave two of the virus hits with force in the fall, the Liberals might get a mighty smack in the chops from a tired, angry, disheartened public.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Erin O'Toole won't have much time to enjoy the win. Being the leader of the Conservative Party is difficult at the best of times, but much more precarious when in opposition.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The fable of Morneau and the beginning of the Liberals’ rebrand is now upon us. Flip on some Sister Sledge and let us all sing the chorus of We Are Family.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
My goal most days is to limit moments of anxiety and find some good in the circumstances, because there are positives to be had.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While the finance minister and the prime minister have apologized for their mistakes, those acts of contrition do not seem enough for the circumstances.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The bigger challenge for the Trudeau government and the provinces on the sports front is not going to have been saying ‘no’ to baseball and ‘yes’ to hockey—it is the state of our national sports structure.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Managing reopening the wrong way could also stoke some nasty regionalism and inflame discontent. We all have a role to play in making sure that is not the case.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
For the benefit of the organization they both hope to lead, addressing the accusation of campaign hacking internally and co-operatively would have seemingly been a better approach for the party.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
We have to guard against punishing all police for the actions of the criminal element among some of them.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his team are not going to win any new support for the Conservative Party by spending time parsing the appropriateness of Trudeau attending a public march, even in a pandemic.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If George Floyd or all the other Black people who have been brutally killed have children, I would want the same for their kids—safe places and spaces to live free of the horrors their daily lives often resemble now.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Taking CEWS is not the great equalizer for Canada’s federal political parties—it does not make them like the rest of us or preserve their place as key Canadian institutions.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Hopefully, with three months to go before the new leader of the Conservative Party is chosen, the campaigns will get a bit more adventurous and maybe even discuss some of the big ideas the party needs to embrace.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Who would have guessed that during the COVID-19 crisis we would have seen Trudeau and Ford sharing similar patterns of behaviour? I guess that is what you call the new normal.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Just as leaders were judged on how effectively they contained the outbreak, they have the potential to be cruelly assessed on how they bring us back from it. It is an unenviable spot to be in.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Tiresome is not the exclusive preserve of Conservative MP Derek Sloan, it is also time for the government to shake things up, specifically, can we bring an end to the daily prime ministerial sessions on COVID 19?
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Despite legitimate arguments and successes in advancing an accountability agenda, the Conservatives' efforts over the past week came across mostly as shallow.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
As our leaders have been prone to say often, we are all in this together. Let there be no hidden suffering.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Canadian officials were working behind the scenes to ensure Canada's supply of 3M masks, some of Canada’s premiers stepped up to the cameras to launch the moral-suasion offensive.

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