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A government reboot is in the cards this summer

Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Trudeau team needs to do some work on itself before it goes back to the people to seek their confidence.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Dig out from under the bullshit and bravado and help those who are struggling by being open about mental health.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Singh should spend the summer shaking off negative fatalism, Scheer must delicately manage kissing up to Quebec, and Trudeau channelling Harper may be a good thing.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Any political party is better with diverse voices in it. Some tension around policy is needed, particularly when you are in opposition, so ideas can be debated before they become platform planks.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
He used his perceived assets to narrowcast to what the audience wanted to hear, especially on pocketbook issues.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The right and bold thing for Wynne to have done would have been to vacate her leadership long before this election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Tories shouldn’t be popping champagne corks yet, but the fact they’re still bringing in bucks, at a decent spot in the polls, and not carving themselves up, is proof of Scheer’s steady hand.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Only the NDP can appeal to voters who want change and those afraid of Doug Ford at the same time.
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Opinion|By Tim Powers
With caucus-conduct controversies and concerns about his chances in the next election, it’s not a great time to be the NDP leader.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
He demonstrated that nice guys can succeed, the importance of friendships even across party lines, and the key to job security is always keeping your community front and centre.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Neither he nor his opponent, Liberal Premier Dwight Ball, are your normal fire-breathing politician. But maybe that’s what Newfoundland and Labrador needs now.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne is trying to bait Doug Ford into acting like Donald Trump. But if he doesn’t, voters may sense her desperation and see through her self-interested motives.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
What major pipeline or trade deal (of his own making) does he have to show during the first half of his government’s mandate? Not one.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Often in politics we write and talk about division, but Humboldt has shown us much about the power of unity and the common goal to go on.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Hopefully the small bump in the polls the Ontario Liberals received after tabling their budget isn’t a sign of the electorate’s collective amnesia.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Stephen Harper’s government muzzled scientists. Justin Trudeau’s government instead wants federal employees to be hand puppets mouthing the sanitized words of the master. They’re more alike than you might think.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is taking a page from Napoleon Bonaparte, who said: ‘never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.’
Opinion|By Tim Powers
New Ontario PC leader Doug Ford has more discipline than his late brother and American President Donald Trump, to which he is often compared.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The budget’s already an afterthought and the Atwal affair still has legs. It's been a crappy few days for the PM.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
This is an appeal for politicians to not always be held captive by their craft or be so self-obsessed that they lose the ability to recognize they are doing or saying stupid things.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Absolutely no one should be subject to injurious, false allegations made about them, but Patrick Brown is wrong to say he has cleared his name.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The province is up to its ears in fast-growing debt. Residents say they’re ready to listen to new approaches to boost economic sustainability.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Whereas in the United States they wanted a time out from the Kennedys, Bushes, and Clintons, the Ontario PC Party and potentially the broader electorate aren’t fazed by it.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
And that’s a problem. They ought to take more time to review their organizational practices on everything from harassment policy to candidate selection to really show Ontario that they get it.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Can you imagine the outcry if ex-Conservative PM Stephen Harper had pulled this Canada Summer Jobs stunt? The YMCA wants kids to run swimming lessons, not Bible study.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Conservative leader has hardly had time to unpack the family minivan at Stornoway, but media soothsayers are already writing his obit.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There is being empathetic, but there is also getting played by someone who shouldn’t be within spitting distance of the PM.
Don’t sweep mental health challenges under the rug during a holiday season that can make challenges seem even more pronounced.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The government’s halfway mark is a time of critical internal assessment, prevention of fatal brand wounds, and laying the groundwork for a contest two years out.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Some work still needs to be done to deal with some of the menaces that enter your life post-automobile accident.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Senators deciding they're worthy of sesquicentennial medals makes it awkward for the real unsung heroes to accept such a prize.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Until Kevin O’Leary can clear away his political debts, he may haunt us still. This must terrify some in the Conservative leadership team.

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