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Opinion|By Tim Powers
Somewhere in heaven, John Crosbie is sipping on his rum and coke muttering to himself: 'I always said I’d leave with a bang.'
Opinion|By Tim Powers
John was a mentor to me. Learning on his knee was one of the best experiences of my life. To watch him, work with him, and build a friendship with him was the most advanced graduate studies on how to navigate life.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Phone lines are burning, text messages are filling inboxes, and everyone from activists to would-be candidates are determining what is real and what is make believe when it comes to the leadership race.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Scheer's poor instincts continue. Staying on as leader of the Conservative Party until a successor is chosen is further bad decision making.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If Justin Trudeau wants to go after Donald Trump, he should do it publicly and confidently. Say in public what he was caught musing in private.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Throne Speech might provide a glimpse into the parameters of all this national niceness, whereas the 2020 federal budget will be the time when choices get made, and not all will be happy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer looks and sounds so far like a man not ready to quit. Is he deluding himself, or can he turn it all around?
Opinion|By Tim Powers
This isn’t about limiting the free speech of Donald S. Cherry. Instead it is about calling out a wrong. One last chance: practice what you preach, Don, 'be a man.'
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Opinion|By Tim Powers
The current Conservative leadership, for the good of the organization, needs to let truth be spoken. This exercise need not go on forever, as that will over time only benefit their political opponents, but it must happen
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It is highly unlikely that Andrew Scheer will be leading the Conservatives in the next election, but the party would be wrong to think that changing leaders is a simple solution to achieve victory in the next election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
For most of the campaign, Trudeau and Scheer were painful to watch and listen to. Talking points targeting different segments of voters. Political marketing is killing originality and neutering person
Opinion|By Tim Powers
We now have mixed generations of leaders and political activists who are masters in political marketing, audience segmentation, and voter targeting. Many are feeling we are lesser for it.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It is most certainly a step in the right direction to have a third-party body organize debates. However, hopefully they will learn some lessons after this first experience.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Doug Ford may be using Election 2019 to redefine his identity, Canadians are looking to figure out who the real Justin Trudeau is, and why Andrew Scheer looked to inflate his own resume.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Since Trudeau's masquerade party mess was exposed, the Liberal campaign itself has looked a bit rattled in a way that hasn't happened to date. This might be the most pronounced impact so far of these incidents.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If you want to run for office, the easiest thing to do is effectively become a cyborg. Have no flaws; be a perfect, shareable graphic in the space that is now our political arena.
To win a debate or an election, you must be able to grab the opportunity to achieve victory. The question is: whose political story will be the most opportune?
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Becoming Oprah isn't necessary, but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer needs to be a bit more inclined to open up about his personal thinking on matters beyond taxes and the Liberal government malaise.
Twenty-six years ago, then-Progressive Conservative prime minister Kim Campbell was quoted as saying that elections weren’t the time to talk about serious matters. That sentiment has been proven right.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The problem for Justin Trudeau is this pattern of behaviour plays into the Liberal Party of Canada’s greatest vulnerability with the electorate: the sense that Liberals act in their own self-interest. Rules be damned.
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.
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.

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