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Tim Powers

Tim Powers is vice-chairman of Summa Strategies and managing director of Abacus Data. He is a former adviser to Conservative political leaders.

Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
The reaction to Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s road-building comments demonstrates that the government’s main climate messenger is either dismissed as a messianic nut or politically naive, neither of which help advance a sensible, solution-oriented climate-change discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
The reaction to Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s road-building comments demonstrates that the government’s main climate messenger is either dismissed as a messianic nut or politically naive, neither of which help advance a sensible, solution-oriented climate-change discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Some people have their lives ruined by decades-long struggles with their mental health, so why can’t we find a way to give them the opportunity to pursue medical assistance in dying, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Nik Shuliahin
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Some people have their lives ruined by decades-long struggles with their mental health, so why can’t we find a way to give them the opportunity to pursue medical assistance in dying, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Nik Shuliahin
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Newly elected Conception Bay East–Bell Island rep Fred Hutton, left, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey were able to shake off ties to the federal Liberals and take back a Progressive Conservative-held seat in a recent byelection. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CBC NL
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Newly elected Conception Bay East–Bell Island rep Fred Hutton, left, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey were able to shake off ties to the federal Liberals and take back a Progressive Conservative-held seat in a recent byelection. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CBC NL
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
While there may be some broad comparisons that can be drawn in campaign tactics, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and former U.S. president Donald Trump are different, regardless of how the Liberals try to paint them with the same brush, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
While there may be some broad comparisons that can be drawn in campaign tactics, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and former U.S. president Donald Trump are different, regardless of how the Liberals try to paint them with the same brush, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and former U.S. president Donald Trump will draw plenty of eyes over the next few months, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and former U.S. president Donald Trump will draw plenty of eyes over the next few months, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, left, died on Jan. 11, which also marked former PM Jean Chrétien's 90th birthday. Broadbent and Chrétien, while top-notch brawlers in the Commons, also happened to be very decent human beings outside of the political boxing ring of Parliament, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph and photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, left, died on Jan. 11, which also marked former PM Jean Chrétien's 90th birthday. Broadbent and Chrétien, while top-notch brawlers in the Commons, also happened to be very decent human beings outside of the political boxing ring of Parliament, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph and photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Jamaican jaunt looks clueless, if not cruel, to some, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Jamaican jaunt looks clueless, if not cruel, to some, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Unfortunately, the 988 system will be well used amid tougher economic circumstances, global strife, rising hate, climate worries, and a litany of other things that challenge our mental wellness, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Dustin Belt
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Unfortunately, the 988 system will be well used amid tougher economic circumstances, global strife, rising hate, climate worries, and a litany of other things that challenge our mental wellness, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Dustin Belt
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
It just doesn’t seem necessary for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, or former leader Andrew Scheer to treat every matter as if they are red rags to bulls, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
It just doesn’t seem necessary for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, or former leader Andrew Scheer to treat every matter as if they are red rags to bulls, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals find themselves where they do in large measure because they have become their own worst enemies, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals find themselves where they do in large measure because they have become their own worst enemies, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference on Oct. 26 announcing the carbon-price exemption with Atlantic MPs as his backdrop, it was hard not to see this as a special political deal for this influential group. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference on Oct. 26 announcing the carbon-price exemption with Atlantic MPs as his backdrop, it was hard not to see this as a special political deal for this influential group. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
An environmental campaigner and advocate before he got into politics, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault must feel disillusioned these days, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
An environmental campaigner and advocate before he got into politics, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault must feel disillusioned these days, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces measures aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians, including a three-year pause on taxing home heating oil for rural Canadians, in the West Block on Oct. 26 alongside members of his Atlantic caucus. The announcement is a major blow to the government’s climate agenda, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces measures aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians, including a three-year pause on taxing home heating oil for rural Canadians, in the West Block on Oct. 26 alongside members of his Atlantic caucus. The announcement is a major blow to the government’s climate agenda, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair announced her retirement from international play on Oct. 20. Screenshot courtesy of CTV/IOC via CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair announced her retirement from international play on Oct. 20. Screenshot courtesy of CTV/IOC via CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have mostly provided a mature, responsible response the unfolding war in Israel and the Gaza Strip, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have mostly provided a mature, responsible response the unfolding war in Israel and the Gaza Strip, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
All of Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s moxie and enthusiasm likely won’t be enough to convince Canadians the Liberals are wrestling food inflation and runaway prices to the ground, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
All of Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s moxie and enthusiasm likely won’t be enough to convince Canadians the Liberals are wrestling food inflation and runaway prices to the ground, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
The cost of living is such an acute political problem in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Liberals because so many residents indicated they are either living paycheque to paycheque, or falling behind, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
The cost of living is such an acute political problem in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Liberals because so many residents indicated they are either living paycheque to paycheque, or falling behind, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Anthony Rota is a well-liked and well-respected person, but even good people of integrity make mistakes. When that happens, don’t fight for your job—do what is patently right, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Anthony Rota is a well-liked and well-respected person, but even good people of integrity make mistakes. When that happens, don’t fight for your job—do what is patently right, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in July and then gathered them in P.E.I. in mid-August, there were a lot of crocodile tears about listening and recognizing how tough it was for people. But his audience has moved past words and seems to be longing for action, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in July and then gathered them in P.E.I. in mid-August, there were a lot of crocodile tears about listening and recognizing how tough it was for people. But his audience has moved past words and seems to be longing for action, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is not likely to have a road-to-Damascus-like conversion to middle-of-the-road policy, he will look to continue to demonstrate he feels people’s pain on the affordability front at the party’s convention this week, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is not likely to have a road-to-Damascus-like conversion to middle-of-the-road policy, he will look to continue to demonstrate he feels people’s pain on the affordability front at the party’s convention this week, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Publicly released research from different national data firms over the last six-plus weeks have shown Pierre Poilievre’s, left, Conservatives with healthy support over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Publicly released research from different national data firms over the last six-plus weeks have shown Pierre Poilievre’s, left, Conservatives with healthy support over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Former senator Hugh Segal leaves the National Press Building in Ottawa in 2008. Segal worked hard to make the case for whatever he championed, but he did it with kindness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Former senator Hugh Segal leaves the National Press Building in Ottawa in 2008. Segal worked hard to make the case for whatever he championed, but he did it with kindness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 9, 2023
It is no coincidence that the day immediately following the cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went east, as did his finance minister and other senior government figures, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 9, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 9, 2023
It is no coincidence that the day immediately following the cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went east, as did his finance minister and other senior government figures, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 12, 2023
Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge and Michel Ruest, senior director of programs with the Department of Heritage's Sports Canada branch, appear before the House Heritage Committee on July 26, 2022, to speak about the investigation into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual misconduct allegations. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 12, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 12, 2023
Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge and Michel Ruest, senior director of programs with the Department of Heritage's Sports Canada branch, appear before the House Heritage Committee on July 26, 2022, to speak about the investigation into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual misconduct allegations. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 5, 2023
Heavy wildfire smoke obscures Parliament Hill on June 30. Whether or not we want to accept it, our behavioural patterns are already being altered at micro levels by climate change, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 5, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 5, 2023
Heavy wildfire smoke obscures Parliament Hill on June 30. Whether or not we want to accept it, our behavioural patterns are already being altered at micro levels by climate change, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 21, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have some summer homework to secure their political futures, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 21, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 21, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have some summer homework to secure their political futures, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 14, 2023
The great emancipator of the Disney Plus shackles, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is person of formidable intelligence, but has a relatability deficit, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 14, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 14, 2023
The great emancipator of the Disney Plus shackles, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is person of formidable intelligence, but has a relatability deficit, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 7, 2023
Special Rapporteur David Johnston is blatantly being used by the Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats to suit their own story lines. It would seem no one wants to dig deep into some of the information he has reported on, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 7, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 7, 2023
Special Rapporteur David Johnston is blatantly being used by the Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats to suit their own story lines. It would seem no one wants to dig deep into some of the information he has reported on, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 24, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre takes the built-in cantankerous critic role of his job to new dimensions, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 24, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 24, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre takes the built-in cantankerous critic role of his job to new dimensions, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 17, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Liberal National Convention on May 4. The sense I got at the convention was that while more credit is being given to Poilievre’s political skills than his two predecessors, there is still a sense of hubris that, ultimately, he will flame out, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 17, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 17, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Liberal National Convention on May 4. The sense I got at the convention was that while more credit is being given to Poilievre’s political skills than his two predecessors, there is still a sense of hubris that, ultimately, he will flame out, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 10, 2023
Senate Speaker George Furey’s wisdom, experience, and fair-mindedness meant politicians and people of all backgrounds sought his advice or guidance. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 10, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 10, 2023
Senate Speaker George Furey’s wisdom, experience, and fair-mindedness meant politicians and people of all backgrounds sought his advice or guidance. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 3, 2023
PSAC’s win will have multiple impacts across the country, and will influence other labour negotiations in Canada, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 3, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 3, 2023
PSAC’s win will have multiple impacts across the country, and will influence other labour negotiations in Canada, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 19, 2023
Before deciding to volunteer, most people probably reflect on the risks, not just the benefits, of helping out a group. In today’s environment, one of those risks is having your record, or your group's record, of service turned into a political football, writes Tim Powers. Photograph courtesy of Pexels/Julia M. Cameron
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 19, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 19, 2023
Before deciding to volunteer, most people probably reflect on the risks, not just the benefits, of helping out a group. In today’s environment, one of those risks is having your record, or your group's record, of service turned into a political football, writes Tim Powers. Photograph courtesy of Pexels/Julia M. Cameron