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Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 16, 2022
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly recently previewed Ottawa’s long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy by signalling that Canada’s decades-long effort to improve trade integration with China will be reshaped, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 16, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 16, 2022
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly recently previewed Ottawa’s long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy by signalling that Canada’s decades-long effort to improve trade integration with China will be reshaped, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 9, 2022
In the short run, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s government is for the most part facing a lose-lose proposition, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 9, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 9, 2022
In the short run, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s government is for the most part facing a lose-lose proposition, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 2, 2022
The open question is how much damage Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s anger-based paranoid populism will bring to Canadian society and governance, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 2, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | November 2, 2022
The open question is how much damage Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s anger-based paranoid populism will bring to Canadian society and governance, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 26, 2022
Some experts believe former U.S. president Donald Trump, left, opened the door for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expanded war against Ukraine by weakening by weakening U.S. democracy and turning Ukraine’s future into a divisive political issue, writes Les Whittington. White House photograph by Shealah Craighead
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 26, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 26, 2022
Some experts believe former U.S. president Donald Trump, left, opened the door for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expanded war against Ukraine by weakening by weakening U.S. democracy and turning Ukraine’s future into a divisive political issue, writes Les Whittington. White House photograph by Shealah Craighead
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 19, 2022
Convoy organizer Tamara Lich, centre, arrives for the Public Emergency Order Commission public hearing with lawyers Eva Chipiuk, left, and Keith Wilson at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Oct. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 19, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 19, 2022
Convoy organizer Tamara Lich, centre, arrives for the Public Emergency Order Commission public hearing with lawyers Eva Chipiuk, left, and Keith Wilson at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Oct. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 12, 2022
Andrea Skinner’s resignation as Hockey Canada’s interim board chair isn’t likely to put the issue of payouts for player sexual misconduct to rest, as MPs are probably going to want to get to the bottom of it all, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 12, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 12, 2022
Andrea Skinner’s resignation as Hockey Canada’s interim board chair isn’t likely to put the issue of payouts for player sexual misconduct to rest, as MPs are probably going to want to get to the bottom of it all, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 5, 2022
Quebec Premier François Legault, left, Alberta United Conservative Party leadership front-runner Danielle Smith, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre are championing self-defeating causes, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photograph
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 5, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | October 5, 2022
Quebec Premier François Legault, left, Alberta United Conservative Party leadership front-runner Danielle Smith, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre are championing self-defeating causes, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photograph
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 26, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin seems ready to push his self-appointed war with the West into even more dangerous realms, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 26, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 26, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin seems ready to push his self-appointed war with the West into even more dangerous realms, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 21, 2022
There’s no compelling reason for this country to have the British monarch, now King Charles III, as head of state; however, there’s no easy way to get rid of this antiquated situation, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 21, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 21, 2022
There’s no compelling reason for this country to have the British monarch, now King Charles III, as head of state; however, there’s no easy way to get rid of this antiquated situation, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 14, 2022
Pierre Poilievre and his wife Anaida greet the audience after he becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on Sept. 10. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 14, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 14, 2022
Pierre Poilievre and his wife Anaida greet the audience after he becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on Sept. 10. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 7, 2022
The United People of Canada supporters gather outside their location in the former St. Brigid’s church in Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood on Aug. 25, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 7, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | September 7, 2022
The United People of Canada supporters gather outside their location in the former St. Brigid’s church in Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood on Aug. 25, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 31, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland addresses Laurier Club members at the Canadian War Museum on June 13. The improvement in wealth inequality has attracted little media attention, and a lot of the people helped by the federal government’s anti-poverty efforts are not among those with a high voting tendency, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 31, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 31, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland addresses Laurier Club members at the Canadian War Museum on June 13. The improvement in wealth inequality has attracted little media attention, and a lot of the people helped by the federal government’s anti-poverty efforts are not among those with a high voting tendency, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 24, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre hasn’t said much yet about economic policy, but you can bet his plan to make Canada ‘the freest nation on earth’ will include freedom for the rich to pay fewer income taxes, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 24, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 24, 2022
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre hasn’t said much yet about economic policy, but you can bet his plan to make Canada ‘the freest nation on earth’ will include freedom for the rich to pay fewer income taxes, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 17, 2022
By refusing to lift the effective wage freeze Ontario Premier Doug Ford imposed on nurses, he is hastening the decline in the health-care system and without doubt setting the stage for further privatization in the province, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CityNews
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 17, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 17, 2022
By refusing to lift the effective wage freeze Ontario Premier Doug Ford imposed on nurses, he is hastening the decline in the health-care system and without doubt setting the stage for further privatization in the province, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CityNews
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 10, 2022
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, pictured during the party's first leadership debate held at the Canada Strong and Free Network's conference in Ottawa on May 5. It gets more obvious every week that Poilievre, a sort of Trump stand-in, is riding a wave of angry anti-establishment sentiment with a lot more momentum than anyone expected, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 10, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 10, 2022
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, pictured during the party's first leadership debate held at the Canada Strong and Free Network's conference in Ottawa on May 5. It gets more obvious every week that Poilievre, a sort of Trump stand-in, is riding a wave of angry anti-establishment sentiment with a lot more momentum than anyone expected, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 3, 2022
The art installation Broken, by Dennis Josef Meseg, is pictured in Bonn, Germany. In 2021 alone, 173 women and girls were violently killed in Canada, with the vast majority of the accused being male, research shows. Unsplash photograph by Mika Baumeister
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 3, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | August 3, 2022
The art installation Broken, by Dennis Josef Meseg, is pictured in Bonn, Germany. In 2021 alone, 173 women and girls were violently killed in Canada, with the vast majority of the accused being male, research shows. Unsplash photograph by Mika Baumeister
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 25, 2022
RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell testified before the Mass Casualty Commission on July 25. It’s hard to imagine how any other single individual could have come to the attention of the various police forces in the region more than the Nova Scotia shooter during his decades-long run of lawless behaviour before the 2020 shooting, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of the Mass Casualty Commission
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 25, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 25, 2022
RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell testified before the Mass Casualty Commission on July 25. It’s hard to imagine how any other single individual could have come to the attention of the various police forces in the region more than the Nova Scotia shooter during his decades-long run of lawless behaviour before the 2020 shooting, writes Les Whittington. Screenshot courtesy of the Mass Casualty Commission
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 20, 2022
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly sits alongside her Chinese, America, Brazilian, and German counterparts at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 8. The relatively young G20 was designed to bring together leading wealthy and developing nations to tackle world problems, but it has instead laid bare the acceptance in some capitals of Putin’s bloodletting, writes Les Whittington. Photograph by Ron Przysucha courtesy of Flickr/the U.S. Department of State
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 20, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 20, 2022
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly sits alongside her Chinese, America, Brazilian, and German counterparts at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 8. The relatively young G20 was designed to bring together leading wealthy and developing nations to tackle world problems, but it has instead laid bare the acceptance in some capitals of Putin’s bloodletting, writes Les Whittington. Photograph by Ron Przysucha courtesy of Flickr/the U.S. Department of State
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 13, 2022
Outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his resignation statement outside 10 Downing Street on July 7. Johnson helped give rise to Brexit, sold it to Britons in 2016, and got the keys to 10 Downing Street to finally make the separation with the EU happen. Which he did. But, after only three years, he is giving up as prime minister, writes Les Whittington. Photograph by Tim Hammond courtesy of No 10 Downing Street's Flickr
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 13, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 13, 2022
Outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his resignation statement outside 10 Downing Street on July 7. Johnson helped give rise to Brexit, sold it to Britons in 2016, and got the keys to 10 Downing Street to finally make the separation with the EU happen. Which he did. But, after only three years, he is giving up as prime minister, writes Les Whittington. Photograph by Tim Hammond courtesy of No 10 Downing Street's Flickr
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 6, 2022
The general thinking has been that choosing chief trucker convoy apologist Pierre Poilievre as Conservative leader would be a huge gift for the Liberals. But that may prove fanciful, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 6, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | July 6, 2022
The general thinking has been that choosing chief trucker convoy apologist Pierre Poilievre as Conservative leader would be a huge gift for the Liberals. But that may prove fanciful, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 6, 2022
One way to view Doug Ford’s victory can be as support for a pragmatic focus on cost-of-living issues as opposed to aspirational calls to create a fairer and/or greener society, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Twitter/fordnation
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 6, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 6, 2022
One way to view Doug Ford’s victory can be as support for a pragmatic focus on cost-of-living issues as opposed to aspirational calls to create a fairer and/or greener society, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Twitter/fordnation
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 1, 2022
Pierre Poilievre has tapped into baseless suspicion of the central bank to beef up his popular campaign for Conservative leader, but it’s clear he correctly sees the affordability crisis as a potent political force with the potential to scramble the outlook for all federal and provincial parties over the next few years, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 1, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | June 1, 2022
Pierre Poilievre has tapped into baseless suspicion of the central bank to beef up his popular campaign for Conservative leader, but it’s clear he correctly sees the affordability crisis as a potent political force with the potential to scramble the outlook for all federal and provincial parties over the next few years, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 25, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford still depicts himself as being for the little guy, but most of his government’s actual policies are geared to his upscale supporters and business backers, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 25, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 25, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford still depicts himself as being for the little guy, but most of his government’s actual policies are geared to his upscale supporters and business backers, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 18, 2022
If anything, Ontario Premier Doug Ford seems to have shown that, although people are worried about impending climate disasters, they’re not too fussy about accountability when it comes to what governments are actually doing, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 18, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 18, 2022
If anything, Ontario Premier Doug Ford seems to have shown that, although people are worried about impending climate disasters, they’re not too fussy about accountability when it comes to what governments are actually doing, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 11, 2022
MP Leslyn Lewis participates in a Conservative leadership debate in Ottawa on May 5. Would-be leaders of the official opposition are consumed with the outpouring of anti-government grievance in February related to the pandemic, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 11, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 11, 2022
MP Leslyn Lewis participates in a Conservative leadership debate in Ottawa on May 5. Would-be leaders of the official opposition are consumed with the outpouring of anti-government grievance in February related to the pandemic, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 4, 2022
Inflamed by reams of conspiratorial misinformation, the thinking behind events like the weekend Rolling Thunder protest in Ottawa plays out as a rejection of today’s cosmopolitan, tolerant, and multicultural Canada, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 4, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | May 4, 2022
Inflamed by reams of conspiratorial misinformation, the thinking behind events like the weekend Rolling Thunder protest in Ottawa plays out as a rejection of today’s cosmopolitan, tolerant, and multicultural Canada, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 27, 2022
Curtains for the G20? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured speaking with Australian PM Scott Morrison during the G20 meeting in Rome, Italy, in October 2021. The G20 and its goal of enhanced financial and economic co-operation is fading fast in the current context, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of PMO
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 27, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 27, 2022
Curtains for the G20? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured speaking with Australian PM Scott Morrison during the G20 meeting in Rome, Italy, in October 2021. The G20 and its goal of enhanced financial and economic co-operation is fading fast in the current context, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of PMO
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 20, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approach all along obviously reflected the fact that his base is composed in part by social conservatives, a group that not only opposes COVID vaccines but was key to his long-shot leadership victory in 2018, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 20, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 20, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approach all along obviously reflected the fact that his base is composed in part by social conservatives, a group that not only opposes COVID vaccines but was key to his long-shot leadership victory in 2018, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 13, 2022
The racist froth leaking into French campaign discourse appeared to have helped Marine Le Pen, right, creep up on incumbent President Emmanuel Macron by making her extremist views appear more mainstream, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of the European Parliament
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 13, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 13, 2022
The racist froth leaking into French campaign discourse appeared to have helped Marine Le Pen, right, creep up on incumbent President Emmanuel Macron by making her extremist views appear more mainstream, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of the European Parliament
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 4, 2022
The choices made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland are likely to reverberate through Canada’s economy, political landscape, and international relations for years to come, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 4, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | April 4, 2022
The choices made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland are likely to reverberate through Canada’s economy, political landscape, and international relations for years to come, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 30, 2022
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will presumably table a nuts-and-bolts economic plan, with the exception of a down payment on a sizeable increase in defence spending, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 30, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 30, 2022
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will presumably table a nuts-and-bolts economic plan, with the exception of a down payment on a sizeable increase in defence spending, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 23, 2022
Jean Charest’s attempt to offer Conservative Party members policies aimed at winning over moderate voters is clearly a waste of energy if messaging from current leadership frontrunner Pierre Poilievre holds sway, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 23, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 23, 2022
Jean Charest’s attempt to offer Conservative Party members policies aimed at winning over moderate voters is clearly a waste of energy if messaging from current leadership frontrunner Pierre Poilievre holds sway, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 16, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin, personally obsessed with regaining territory lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, has found a welcome partner in Chinese President Xi Jinping, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of the Kremlin
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 16, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 16, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin, personally obsessed with regaining territory lost when the Soviet Union collapsed, has found a welcome partner in Chinese President Xi Jinping, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of the Kremlin
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 7, 2022
At a meeting on March 7 in London with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (whose government has stopped Russian oil imports), left, both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said European countries weren’t ready for such a hit on their energy systems and economies, writes Les Whittington. Number 10 photograph by Andrew Parsons
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 7, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 7, 2022
At a meeting on March 7 in London with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (whose government has stopped Russian oil imports), left, both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said European countries weren’t ready for such a hit on their energy systems and economies, writes Les Whittington. Number 10 photograph by Andrew Parsons
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 2, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has brandished the nuclear sword before in relation to the 2014 annexation of Crimea, is doing what has been unthinkable for 70 years, writes Les Whittington. UN photograph by Mark Garten
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 2, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | March 2, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has brandished the nuclear sword before in relation to the 2014 annexation of Crimea, is doing what has been unthinkable for 70 years, writes Les Whittington. UN photograph by Mark Garten
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 23, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter drinks a beer and dances in front of the Senate of Canada building on Feb. 17, as the convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa entered the third week. Conservatives called the illegal occupiers of Ottawa “patriots” and offered to support their cause even while saying they should go home, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 23, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 23, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter drinks a beer and dances in front of the Senate of Canada building on Feb. 17, as the convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa entered the third week. Conservatives called the illegal occupiers of Ottawa “patriots” and offered to support their cause even while saying they should go home, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 16, 2022
Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly, left, unfortunately was clearly the wrong person at the wrong time, polls show a loss of support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a result of all this, and the unpredictable chain of events initiated by some alt-right, Trump-loving populists in Western Canada a month ago could also upend the leadership hopes of Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Twitter, The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 16, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 16, 2022
Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly, left, unfortunately was clearly the wrong person at the wrong time, polls show a loss of support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a result of all this, and the unpredictable chain of events initiated by some alt-right, Trump-loving populists in Western Canada a month ago could also upend the leadership hopes of Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, writes Les Whittington. Photograph courtesy of Twitter, The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 9, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter waves a flag at the intersection of Kent and Slater streets on Feb. 5. For the Conservatives to throw their lot in with the extremists behind the nihilistic mob is obviously risky, as one assumes the majority of Canadians will probably return to their centrist political orientation once they get their frustrations over COVID out of their systems, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 9, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | February 9, 2022
A Freedom Convoy supporter waves a flag at the intersection of Kent and Slater streets on Feb. 5. For the Conservatives to throw their lot in with the extremists behind the nihilistic mob is obviously risky, as one assumes the majority of Canadians will probably return to their centrist political orientation once they get their frustrations over COVID out of their systems, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 31, 2022
Trucker convoy protesters are pictured in downtown Ottawa on Jan. 30. Misguided, down-the-rabbit-hole thinking is being seen on a wider basis in the Ottawa trucker demonstration, including calls by convoy organizers to use some kind of far-fetched legal process to remove Trudeau from office, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 31, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 31, 2022
Trucker convoy protesters are pictured in downtown Ottawa on Jan. 30. Misguided, down-the-rabbit-hole thinking is being seen on a wider basis in the Ottawa trucker demonstration, including calls by convoy organizers to use some kind of far-fetched legal process to remove Trudeau from office, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 26, 2022
The uproar over ‘partygate’ has reminded Britons of Boris Johnson’s childish, ineffective approach to the enduring economic disruptions of Brexit and led U.K. observers to say that people should have known all along that it would come to this when they put a self-promoting flimflammer in charge of the nation, writes Les Whittington. No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 26, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 26, 2022
The uproar over ‘partygate’ has reminded Britons of Boris Johnson’s childish, ineffective approach to the enduring economic disruptions of Brexit and led U.K. observers to say that people should have known all along that it would come to this when they put a self-promoting flimflammer in charge of the nation, writes Les Whittington. No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 18, 2022
It’s obvious that Canada is seen as easy pickings for a Biden administration that is just Trump-without-the-nasty-talk when it comes to the domestic politics of protectionism, writes Les Whittington. White House photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 18, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 18, 2022
It’s obvious that Canada is seen as easy pickings for a Biden administration that is just Trump-without-the-nasty-talk when it comes to the domestic politics of protectionism, writes Les Whittington. White House photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 12, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden is hemmed in by the scorched-earth mentality of Senate Republicans and Trump’s ongoing rage circus, writes Les Whittington. Flickr photograph by Brett Davis
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 12, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | January 12, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden is hemmed in by the scorched-earth mentality of Senate Republicans and Trump’s ongoing rage circus, writes Les Whittington. Flickr photograph by Brett Davis