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Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | December 1, 2022
Not-so-sleepy Joe: U.S. President Joe Biden's Democrats outperformed the historical trend in the Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections. According to the Cook Political Report’s Amy Waters, the election hinged on what she termed the 'meh voters,' defined as independents, Americans not registered as either Republicans or Democrats. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | December 1, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | December 1, 2022
Not-so-sleepy Joe: U.S. President Joe Biden's Democrats outperformed the historical trend in the Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections. According to the Cook Political Report’s Amy Waters, the election hinged on what she termed the 'meh voters,' defined as independents, Americans not registered as either Republicans or Democrats. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 28, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Trudeau could seek a less controversial division, such as splitting up Canadians between those who want change in government and those who favour keeping the status quo. We’ll have to wait and see how Poilievre's pollsters come up with a way to divide and conquer. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 28, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 28, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Trudeau could seek a less controversial division, such as splitting up Canadians between those who want change in government and those who favour keeping the status quo. We’ll have to wait and see how Poilievre's pollsters come up with a way to divide and conquer. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 16, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured recently on the Hill. In the political game of 'Us vs. Them,' politicians must follow one key rule: they should always identify with 'us,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 16, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 16, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured recently on the Hill. In the political game of 'Us vs. Them,' politicians must follow one key rule: they should always identify with 'us,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 10, 2022
Ontario Doug Ford, pictured on Oct. 17, 2022, at Nokia in Kanata, Ont., recently buckled on his threat to use the notwithstanding clause to pre-emptively protect a law his government had enacted banning the province’s education workers from going on strike. Apparently, he miscalculated. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 10, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 10, 2022
Ontario Doug Ford, pictured on Oct. 17, 2022, at Nokia in Kanata, Ont., recently buckled on his threat to use the notwithstanding clause to pre-emptively protect a law his government had enacted banning the province’s education workers from going on strike. Apparently, he miscalculated. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 2, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured Nov. 12, 2021, on TikTok. The video, which picked up on a popular TikTok trend and showed Mr. Singh eating spaghetti and dancing, had received 212,800 likes, 6143 comments, and more than 3.2 million views. Photograph courtesy of Jagmeet Singh's TikTok
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 2, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | November 2, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured Nov. 12, 2021, on TikTok. The video, which picked up on a popular TikTok trend and showed Mr. Singh eating spaghetti and dancing, had received 212,800 likes, 6143 comments, and more than 3.2 million views. Photograph courtesy of Jagmeet Singh's TikTok
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 27, 2022
The Capitol Hill Building in Washington, D.C. According to recent polls, the issues that dominate right now in most American states are the economy, inflation, crime, justice, immigration, and border chaos. All these issues, by the way, favour the Republicans, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 27, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 27, 2022
The Capitol Hill Building in Washington, D.C. According to recent polls, the issues that dominate right now in most American states are the economy, inflation, crime, justice, immigration, and border chaos. All these issues, by the way, favour the Republicans, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 21, 2022
It doesn’t matter if Justin Trudeau isn’t to blame for the onset of inflation, it doesn’t matter if it’s worse in other countries, it doesn’t matter if there’s no short-term, painless way to stop it; at the end of the day, all that matters is he’s the prime minister and the loonie ultimately stops at his desk, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 21, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 21, 2022
It doesn’t matter if Justin Trudeau isn’t to blame for the onset of inflation, it doesn’t matter if it’s worse in other countries, it doesn’t matter if there’s no short-term, painless way to stop it; at the end of the day, all that matters is he’s the prime minister and the loonie ultimately stops at his desk, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 12, 2022
Former Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole in a recent media interview basically claimed that what brought him down was a sudden stroke of bad luck, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 12, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 12, 2022
Former Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole in a recent media interview basically claimed that what brought him down was a sudden stroke of bad luck, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 6, 2022
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured on Sept. 30, 2022, speaking with attendees at the National Truth and Reconciliation Day ceremony on Parliament Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 6, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | October 6, 2022
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured on Sept. 30, 2022, speaking with attendees at the National Truth and Reconciliation Day ceremony on Parliament Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 29, 2022
The charm offensive: Imagine if newly minted Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured on Sept. 12, 2022, with his wife Anaida and their son Cruz, sent out a seemingly handwritten letter on his own letterhead to party donors that said something like, 'Dear Joe; it’s late at night and I’m sitting here in my study worried about our party’s finances. The bills for the leadership campaign are piling up on my desk. That’s why I’m writing to you. You’ve stood by me from the beginning so I know you’ll stand by me now at this crucial moment when I need your help.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 29, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 29, 2022
The charm offensive: Imagine if newly minted Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured on Sept. 12, 2022, with his wife Anaida and their son Cruz, sent out a seemingly handwritten letter on his own letterhead to party donors that said something like, 'Dear Joe; it’s late at night and I’m sitting here in my study worried about our party’s finances. The bills for the leadership campaign are piling up on my desk. That’s why I’m writing to you. You’ve stood by me from the beginning so I know you’ll stand by me now at this crucial moment when I need your help.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 22, 2022
Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May, pictured Oct. 3, 2020, is running to be leader again. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 22, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 22, 2022
Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May, pictured Oct. 3, 2020, is running to be leader again. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 14, 2022
Pierre Poilievre is a badass leader and exactly what Conservatives want right now; they want a leader who's willing to mix it up with his opponents, who’s willing to vigorously defend conservatism, and who’s prepared to stand up to the 'Laurentian elites,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 14, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 14, 2022
Pierre Poilievre is a badass leader and exactly what Conservatives want right now; they want a leader who's willing to mix it up with his opponents, who’s willing to vigorously defend conservatism, and who’s prepared to stand up to the 'Laurentian elites,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 7, 2022
Wilfrid Laurier, who was prime minister from 1896-1911 and one of Canada’s most celebrated prime ministers, was a classical liberal, writes Gerry Nicholls. As author Brian Lee Crowley notes in his book, The Canadian Century, Laurier promoted 'minimal state interference, low taxes and respect of property and of contract.' Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 7, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 7, 2022
Wilfrid Laurier, who was prime minister from 1896-1911 and one of Canada’s most celebrated prime ministers, was a classical liberal, writes Gerry Nicholls. As author Brian Lee Crowley notes in his book, The Canadian Century, Laurier promoted 'minimal state interference, low taxes and respect of property and of contract.' Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 1, 2022
The Conservative Party will choose its new leader—whether it's populist Pierre Poilievre, right, or moderate Jean Charest, left—on Sept. 10, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 1, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | September 1, 2022
The Conservative Party will choose its new leader—whether it's populist Pierre Poilievre, right, or moderate Jean Charest, left—on Sept. 10, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 24, 2022
Other parties have been cutting away at the NDP base, and leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured, better find a way to stop the leak, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 24, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 24, 2022
Other parties have been cutting away at the NDP base, and leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured, better find a way to stop the leak, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 18, 2022
Shortly after unveiling a new haircut, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left to vacation with his family in Costa Rica—much to the chagrin of his political opponents. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 18, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 18, 2022
Shortly after unveiling a new haircut, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left to vacation with his family in Costa Rica—much to the chagrin of his political opponents. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 11, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured with his family on July 1, 2022, at the Canada Day celebration in Ottawa, has been polling badly lately, painting a bleak picture for his government. A recent Abacus poll indicated that 51 per cent of Canadians have a negative view of his government, the highest number ever recorded since the Liberals were elected in 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 11, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 11, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured with his family on July 1, 2022, at the Canada Day celebration in Ottawa, has been polling badly lately, painting a bleak picture for his government. A recent Abacus poll indicated that 51 per cent of Canadians have a negative view of his government, the highest number ever recorded since the Liberals were elected in 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 4, 2022
Harper picks his favourite to win: Former prime minister Stephen Harper, pictured in his video posted on Facebook and Twitter on July 25, 2022, endorsing Pierre Poilievre for leader of the Conservative Party. If Poilievre ends up winning the leadership, the torch will have been passed. Maybe then, Harper will finally disappear into the background; maybe then the 'Harper effect' will come to an end, writes Gerry Nicholls. Screen capture images courtesy of Stephen Harper's Facebook
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 4, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | August 4, 2022
Harper picks his favourite to win: Former prime minister Stephen Harper, pictured in his video posted on Facebook and Twitter on July 25, 2022, endorsing Pierre Poilievre for leader of the Conservative Party. If Poilievre ends up winning the leadership, the torch will have been passed. Maybe then, Harper will finally disappear into the background; maybe then the 'Harper effect' will come to an end, writes Gerry Nicholls. Screen capture images courtesy of Stephen Harper's Facebook
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 27, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured recently sporting his new haircut. It is surprising that Trudeau would make such a radical change to his appearance, especially since his thick and magnificent coiffure was such an integral part of his image, writes Gerry Nicholls. Image courtesy of Twitter
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 27, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 27, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured recently sporting his new haircut. It is surprising that Trudeau would make such a radical change to his appearance, especially since his thick and magnificent coiffure was such an integral part of his image, writes Gerry Nicholls. Image courtesy of Twitter
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 20, 2022
Money and politics: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and Green Party interim leader Amita Kuttner. It’s almost impossible this summer to escape or to ignore the hard, cold realities of what’s currently going on in the world, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 20, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 20, 2022
Money and politics: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, and Green Party interim leader Amita Kuttner. It’s almost impossible this summer to escape or to ignore the hard, cold realities of what’s currently going on in the world, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 13, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, pictured May 5, 2022, at the first leadership debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network’s conference in Ottawa. Perhaps Canadians would reject Poilievre's message today, but the question is, will they reject it in two or three years?  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 13, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 13, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, pictured May 5, 2022, at the first leadership debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network’s conference in Ottawa. Perhaps Canadians would reject Poilievre's message today, but the question is, will they reject it in two or three years?  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 6, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre. As former prime minister Brian Mulroney once aptly put it, 'In politics ... you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 6, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | July 6, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre. As former prime minister Brian Mulroney once aptly put it, 'In politics ... you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy,' writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 30, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 21, 2022, after delivering remarks at a National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa. Things aren’t trending well for the Liberals, writes Gerry Nicholls, and as pollster Nik Nanos put it, 'Canadians are grumpy and the Conservatives are in the driver's seat.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 30, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 30, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 21, 2022, after delivering remarks at a National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa. Things aren’t trending well for the Liberals, writes Gerry Nicholls, and as pollster Nik Nanos put it, 'Canadians are grumpy and the Conservatives are in the driver's seat.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 23, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, pictured March 31, 2022, at a rally in Ottawa. His campaign team recently made an interesting tactical move when it called upon Elections Canada to investigate fellow candidate Patrick Brown over alleged election law violations, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 23, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 23, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, pictured March 31, 2022, at a rally in Ottawa. His campaign team recently made an interesting tactical move when it called upon Elections Canada to investigate fellow candidate Patrick Brown over alleged election law violations, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 16, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Writer Gerry Nicholls argues that in politics, division is often better than unity, and that it's better for the Liberals to remain a separate political entity from the NDP. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 16, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 16, 2022
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Writer Gerry Nicholls argues that in politics, division is often better than unity, and that it's better for the Liberals to remain a separate political entity from the NDP. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 9, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured on the Hill on Nov. 21, 2019, just won a massive majority victory by getting the votes of just 18 per cent of Ontario’s eligible voters. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 9, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 9, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured on the Hill on Nov. 21, 2019, just won a massive majority victory by getting the votes of just 18 per cent of Ontario’s eligible voters. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 2, 2022
Conservative leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre, top left, Jean Charest, Patrick Brown, Leslyn Lewis, above left, Roman Baber and Scott Aitchison. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and handouts
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 2, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | June 2, 2022
Conservative leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre, top left, Jean Charest, Patrick Brown, Leslyn Lewis, above left, Roman Baber and Scott Aitchison. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and handouts
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 26, 2022
It's too crazy an idea to even contemplate, since former prime minister Stephen Harper is happily retired from partisan politics. But, as crazy as it might sound, there’s still a lot about the idea which makes sense. For one thing, throughout his career, Harper has always made protecting Alberta’s culture and economy his number one priority, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 26, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 26, 2022
It's too crazy an idea to even contemplate, since former prime minister Stephen Harper is happily retired from partisan politics. But, as crazy as it might sound, there’s still a lot about the idea which makes sense. For one thing, throughout his career, Harper has always made protecting Alberta’s culture and economy his number one priority, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 19, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are running to win the June 2 election. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 19, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 19, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are running to win the June 2 election. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 11, 2022
At the first—unofficial—Conservative leadership debate, Pierre Poilievre, left, had some heated moments with opponents including Leslyn Lewis, right. Scott Aitchison, centre, said in an email to supporters after the debate that he was 'embarrassed' by its tone. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 11, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 11, 2022
At the first—unofficial—Conservative leadership debate, Pierre Poilievre, left, had some heated moments with opponents including Leslyn Lewis, right. Scott Aitchison, centre, said in an email to supporters after the debate that he was 'embarrassed' by its tone. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on April 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Branding, in short, provides, what I call, 'structural support.' Certainly, Liberals in Canada have strong branding, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 5, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | May 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on April 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Branding, in short, provides, what I call, 'structural support.' Certainly, Liberals in Canada have strong branding, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 29, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured March 22, 2022, on the Hill. There’s lots of discussion these days about whether the federal Conservatives are moving too far to the right. And yes, I certainly get why that’s happening. But maybe we should also spend some time discussing whether the federal Liberals are moving too far to the left, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times Photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 29, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 29, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured March 22, 2022, on the Hill. There’s lots of discussion these days about whether the federal Conservatives are moving too far to the right. And yes, I certainly get why that’s happening. But maybe we should also spend some time discussing whether the federal Liberals are moving too far to the left, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times Photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 14, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured in Ottawa on Nov. 21, 2019. Ford's government, in the name of refunding the cost of past licence sticker fees which are being phased out, recently mailed every qualified driver in the province a cheque for $280. That’s smart politics because receiving that bit of cash will likely please Ontarians more than if the government had announced some sort of multi-billion-dollar spending scheme, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 14, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 14, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured in Ottawa on Nov. 21, 2019. Ford's government, in the name of refunding the cost of past licence sticker fees which are being phased out, recently mailed every qualified driver in the province a cheque for $280. That’s smart politics because receiving that bit of cash will likely please Ontarians more than if the government had announced some sort of multi-billion-dollar spending scheme, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 7, 2022
Even though Jean Charest is a 'non-winged' underdog candidate, he can still come up with a theory for winning, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 7, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | April 7, 2022
Even though Jean Charest is a 'non-winged' underdog candidate, he can still come up with a theory for winning, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 31, 2022
This is me: Conservative MP Pierre Poillievre, pictured Feb. 14, 2022, speaking with reporters outside the House of Commons before Question Period. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 31, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 31, 2022
This is me: Conservative MP Pierre Poillievre, pictured Feb. 14, 2022, speaking with reporters outside the House of Commons before Question Period. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 24, 2022
Let's do this: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured on Nov. 14, 2019, publicly announced on Monday, March 21, 2022, that they had struck a rare 'supply and confidence' agreement aimed at keeping this Parliament and the prime minister's mandate going until the fall of 2025, when the next fixed election date is scheduled. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 24, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 24, 2022
Let's do this: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured on Nov. 14, 2019, publicly announced on Monday, March 21, 2022, that they had struck a rare 'supply and confidence' agreement aimed at keeping this Parliament and the prime minister's mandate going until the fall of 2025, when the next fixed election date is scheduled. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 17, 2022
One of the ancient Roman Republic’s most successful politicians was general Gaius Marius, who styled himself as a novo homo, 'new man,' writes Gerry Nicholls. Image courtesy of www.bridgemanart.com
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 17, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 17, 2022
One of the ancient Roman Republic’s most successful politicians was general Gaius Marius, who styled himself as a novo homo, 'new man,' writes Gerry Nicholls. Image courtesy of www.bridgemanart.com
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 10, 2022
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen, pictured in Ottawa. With Russia pummelling Ukraine and China sabre-rattling over Taiwan, Canadians will likely see the world as a much more dangerous place. This works for the Conservatives because they’ve always been known as the party which favours having a strong defence and a well-equipped, well-funded military, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 10, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 10, 2022
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen, pictured in Ottawa. With Russia pummelling Ukraine and China sabre-rattling over Taiwan, Canadians will likely see the world as a much more dangerous place. This works for the Conservatives because they’ve always been known as the party which favours having a strong defence and a well-equipped, well-funded military, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 2, 2022
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, pictured at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on March 5, 2019, posing for a selfie with people who attended The Prime Ministers Series, a partnership between the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of Public Service. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 2, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | March 2, 2022
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, pictured at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on March 5, 2019, posing for a selfie with people who attended The Prime Ministers Series, a partnership between the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of Public Service. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 25, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter, pictured on Wellington Street on Feb. 17, 2022. Justin Trudeau has helped create a political climate where everybody despises everybody and everyone will eventually have to pick a side—the good guys or the bad guys. There will be no in between. This is known as polarizing the electorate, writes Gerry Nicholls.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 25, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 25, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter, pictured on Wellington Street on Feb. 17, 2022. Justin Trudeau has helped create a political climate where everybody despises everybody and everyone will eventually have to pick a side—the good guys or the bad guys. There will be no in between. This is known as polarizing the electorate, writes Gerry Nicholls.   The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 17, 2022
A 'Freedom' protester, pictured Feb. 12, 2022, in downtown Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 17, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 17, 2022
A 'Freedom' protester, pictured Feb. 12, 2022, in downtown Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 11, 2022
If nothing else, Erin O’Toole’s recent unceremonious ouster as Conservative Party leader should serve as a cautionary tale to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 11, 2022
Opinion | BY GERRY NICHOLLS | February 11, 2022
If nothing else, Erin O’Toole’s recent unceremonious ouster as Conservative Party leader should serve as a cautionary tale to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade