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On the bubble: Atlantic Canada’s plan getting mixed reviews

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Hopefully, the pause in the campaign will allow the candidates to come back with a focused pitch, not to just to Conservatives, but to Canadians in the tough new world we find ourselves in.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It isn’t politics as usual, and the Conservatives risk looking tone deaf and self-interested if they march on here.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Part of all of us will feel a bit empty because she is not around. If she knew that, she’d tell us all to get the ‘F’ on with it.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Appealing to your base today has merit. But to telegraph your plans for six months from now, when a very different set of political circumstances will prevail, is not the best strategy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
We are at a time in Canada where we need political maturity more than ever. If we want to address so many of Canada’s opportunities and challenges, we are all going to have to up our game.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While the Liberals sort out their leadership, the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is not beyond its own political theatrics.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
In circumstances like these, where it is easy to aspire to be fully on side with educators, the reality of these job actions is that they have a disruptive personal impact on people.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The longer Conservatives rail on about the 'Trudeau carbon tax,' the more it makes them appear incapable of doing something economically beneficial and environmentally responsible to address climate change.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Even the most hardened egoists or masochists find it harder to see reward in political life. It is almost as if politics has become a virtual-reality version of video games like Mortal Kombat.
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.'
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.

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