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Bhagwant Sandhu

Bhagwant Sandhu is a retired director general from the federal government. Between 2002-21 he held senior roles in several departments, including Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Infrastructure Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Public Works Canada. He has also held executive positions in the governments of Ontario and British Columbia.

Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 12, 2024
Following the stunning NSICOP report, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, is on the attack while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tries to hold the line, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 12, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 12, 2024
Following the stunning NSICOP report, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, is on the attack while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tries to hold the line, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 5, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre peddles empty ideas like ‘freedom’ instead of hard policies to help workers, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 5, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | June 5, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre peddles empty ideas like ‘freedom’ instead of hard policies to help workers, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has enshrined a net-zero goal by 2050 into law, but the data suggests that won’t be met, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 29, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has enshrined a net-zero goal by 2050 into law, but the data suggests that won’t be met, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 16, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has sanctioned over 2,100 Russian individuals and entities since the start of the war in Ukraine. Sanctions, it turns out, disenfranchise the poor, not the political elites, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 16, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 16, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has sanctioned over 2,100 Russian individuals and entities since the start of the war in Ukraine. Sanctions, it turns out, disenfranchise the poor, not the political elites, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 2, 2024
Lucky for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trending even lower on personal likeability than he is The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 2, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | May 2, 2024
Lucky for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trending even lower on personal likeability than he is The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 29, 2024
Justice Marie-Josée Hogue will release her first report on foreign interference this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 29, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 29, 2024
Justice Marie-Josée Hogue will release her first report on foreign interference this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 18, 2024
If Pierre Poilievre becomes prime minister, he could build our foreign policy on tact, soft diplomacy, negotiations, and dialogue. That won’t happen though, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. He is apt to label those kinds of things as too ‘woke.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 18, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 18, 2024
If Pierre Poilievre becomes prime minister, he could build our foreign policy on tact, soft diplomacy, negotiations, and dialogue. That won’t happen though, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. He is apt to label those kinds of things as too ‘woke.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 15, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, should pay attention to the costs wasted on drug prices in Canada, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. At least Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, centre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have pushed for a more cost-effective approach for Canadians.
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 15, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | April 15, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, should pay attention to the costs wasted on drug prices in Canada, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. At least Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, centre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have pushed for a more cost-effective approach for Canadians.
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 28, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has hinged his campaign on 'common sense,' but he should be careful not to affix his political cause on that notion alone—Canadians will eventually catch on, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 28, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 28, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has hinged his campaign on 'common sense,' but he should be careful not to affix his political cause on that notion alone—Canadians will eventually catch on, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 21, 2024
Foreign Affairs recently shared a photo of Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, meeting with humanitarian groups in Gaza, with the caption 'the humanitarian situation in Gaza is catastrophic.' You don't say, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 21, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 21, 2024
Foreign Affairs recently shared a photo of Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured, meeting with humanitarian groups in Gaza, with the caption 'the humanitarian situation in Gaza is catastrophic.' You don't say, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 18, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre may not want to risk his lead in the polls by speaking about policy issues, but the pitfall of his silence is that it will get filled with speculation, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 18, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 18, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre may not want to risk his lead in the polls by speaking about policy issues, but the pitfall of his silence is that it will get filled with speculation, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 6, 2024
Auditor General Karen Hogan, pictured, delivered a report on the ArriveCan app to the House of Commons on Feb. 12, stating she found a 'glaring disregard for basic management practices' in her investigation. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 6, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | March 6, 2024
Auditor General Karen Hogan, pictured, delivered a report on the ArriveCan app to the House of Commons on Feb. 12, stating she found a 'glaring disregard for basic management practices' in her investigation. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 21, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen pictured speaking to reporters before Question Period on Feb. 15, 2024. Canada can play a constructive role in Africa's Sahel region, but the Liberal government nor the Conservative Party are willing to spend the money to do so, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 21, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 21, 2024
International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen pictured speaking to reporters before Question Period on Feb. 15, 2024. Canada can play a constructive role in Africa's Sahel region, but the Liberal government nor the Conservative Party are willing to spend the money to do so, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 14, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, could lobby U.S. President Joe Biden, left, to reverse his predecessor Donald Trump's abrupt decision to put Cuba on the U.S. hit list of state sponsors of terrorism, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 14, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 14, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, could lobby U.S. President Joe Biden, left, to reverse his predecessor Donald Trump's abrupt decision to put Cuba on the U.S. hit list of state sponsors of terrorism, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 7, 2024
As the federal election approaches, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre will have to decide where to put his political marbles: with the neoconservative grievances of Maxime Bernier’s playbook, or with the policies of pragmatism preferred by the rest of us, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 7, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 7, 2024
As the federal election approaches, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre will have to decide where to put his political marbles: with the neoconservative grievances of Maxime Bernier’s playbook, or with the policies of pragmatism preferred by the rest of us, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 1, 2024
When Black politicians succeed, they do so not because of any boost from the political structures within which they function, but because of their own merit and character. Greg Fergus, the first Black House Speaker, is a good example, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 1, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | February 1, 2024
When Black politicians succeed, they do so not because of any boost from the political structures within which they function, but because of their own merit and character. Greg Fergus, the first Black House Speaker, is a good example, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 22, 2024
Greg Fergus, the first Black Speaker of the House of Commons, had to jump through hypocritical hoops to prove his sincerity to his peers, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 22, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 22, 2024
Greg Fergus, the first Black Speaker of the House of Commons, had to jump through hypocritical hoops to prove his sincerity to his peers, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 17, 2024
Liberal MP Salma Zahid speaks to the press in December, 2023. Justin Trudeau's biggest critics on the Israel file are on his own team, and Zahid is one of them, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 17, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 17, 2024
Liberal MP Salma Zahid speaks to the press in December, 2023. Justin Trudeau's biggest critics on the Israel file are on his own team, and Zahid is one of them, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has two options when it comes to Ukraine: uphold the illusion that ongoing war represents a victory for Ukraine; or, use pragmatic diplomacy, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 11, 2024
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | January 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has two options when it comes to Ukraine: uphold the illusion that ongoing war represents a victory for Ukraine; or, use pragmatic diplomacy, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | December 28, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | December 28, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | December 28, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly have looked to the Americans for moral guidance, going against the tide of world opinion and joining the U.S. to vote down UN General Assembly resolutions that denounced Israel’s belligerent behaviour. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 22, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly have looked to the Americans for moral guidance, going against the tide of world opinion and joining the U.S. to vote down UN General Assembly resolutions that denounced Israel’s belligerent behaviour. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 8, 2023
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is serious about making Canada an interlocutor of peace and diplomacy, he should use this time to gather academics, experts, and diaspora community members to build global goodwill, policy capacity, and programming which can be deployed once the war is over, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 8, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 8, 2023
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is serious about making Canada an interlocutor of peace and diplomacy, he should use this time to gather academics, experts, and diaspora community members to build global goodwill, policy capacity, and programming which can be deployed once the war is over, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 1, 2023
Speaking at the Economic Club of Canada on Oct. 30, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly presented a detailed new foreign policy framework. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 1, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | November 1, 2023
Speaking at the Economic Club of Canada on Oct. 30, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly presented a detailed new foreign policy framework. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 25, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. When it comes to their position on Israel-Hamas conflict, federal politicians of all stripes are far too busy picking sides in hopes of scooping up votes wherever they can, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 25, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 25, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. When it comes to their position on Israel-Hamas conflict, federal politicians of all stripes are far too busy picking sides in hopes of scooping up votes wherever they can, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 19, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' conference on Antisemitism on Oct. 17. Responding to the Israel-Hamas conflict, party leaders recite pre-scripted lines that follow a pattern of 'we stand with Israel' to 'we call on all parties to show restraint,' writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 19, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 19, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' conference on Antisemitism on Oct. 17. Responding to the Israel-Hamas conflict, party leaders recite pre-scripted lines that follow a pattern of 'we stand with Israel' to 'we call on all parties to show restraint,' writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 12, 2023
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly wants 'to do more' on Haiti. That usually means humanitarian aid will rapidly follow the deployment of 1,000 armed Kenya-led soldiers to the beleaguered island. Since 2010, Canada has directed $1.87-billion in aid to Haiti. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 12, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | October 12, 2023
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly wants 'to do more' on Haiti. That usually means humanitarian aid will rapidly follow the deployment of 1,000 armed Kenya-led soldiers to the beleaguered island. Since 2010, Canada has directed $1.87-billion in aid to Haiti. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 28, 2023
If Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre wants to be politically astute, he can turn the heat high on the prime minister on India, as he did with China, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 28, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 28, 2023
If Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre wants to be politically astute, he can turn the heat high on the prime minister on India, as he did with China, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 20, 2023
Instead of getting a grip on the changing nature of global politics, leaders like Justin Trudeau, pictured on Sept. 19, still view the Global South as a third-world abstraction to be used, not as a shrewd driver of its own domestic political interests and transnational agendas, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 20, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 20, 2023
Instead of getting a grip on the changing nature of global politics, leaders like Justin Trudeau, pictured on Sept. 19, still view the Global South as a third-world abstraction to be used, not as a shrewd driver of its own domestic political interests and transnational agendas, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 11, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister for Women and Gender Equality Marci Ien, centre, raise Pride flags on Parliament Hill on June 8, 2023, surrounded by other MPs from different parties. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said he missed the ceremony because he had been working late the night before. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 11, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 11, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister for Women and Gender Equality Marci Ien, centre, raise Pride flags on Parliament Hill on June 8, 2023, surrounded by other MPs from different parties. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said he missed the ceremony because he had been working late the night before. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has recently attempted to soften his image through a series of video advertisements. However, we can safely assume that the nastiness will continue, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 6, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has recently attempted to soften his image through a series of video advertisements. However, we can safely assume that the nastiness will continue, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 16, 2023
It is odd that Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet, pictured in the background, is expected to crank up messaging on the economy when we already have one of the strongest economies in the G7, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 16, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 16, 2023
It is odd that Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet, pictured in the background, is expected to crank up messaging on the economy when we already have one of the strongest economies in the G7, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 2, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference on July 26, standing in front of his newly shuffled cabinet. Post-cabinet shuffle, bureaucrats will be preparing briefs for all the incoming ministers, but don't expect them to be providing policy direction, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 2, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | August 2, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference on July 26, standing in front of his newly shuffled cabinet. Post-cabinet shuffle, bureaucrats will be preparing briefs for all the incoming ministers, but don't expect them to be providing policy direction, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 19, 2023
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. Internally, the public service functions as a tightly-wound hierarchy. Externally, it's steered by the political power of the relevant minister and commands of the PMO, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 19, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 19, 2023
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. Internally, the public service functions as a tightly-wound hierarchy. Externally, it's steered by the political power of the relevant minister and commands of the PMO, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 10, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ukraine. The war is stuck in a stalemate, but Trudeau has no reason to change course, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. Photograph courtesy of the government of Ukraine
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 10, 2023
Opinion | BY BHAGWANT SANDHU | July 10, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ukraine. The war is stuck in a stalemate, but Trudeau has no reason to change course, writes Bhagwant Sandhu. Photograph courtesy of the government of Ukraine