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Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star.

Right, not fast, is Morneau’s principle

Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 27, 2017
Finance Minister Bill Morneau suggests that very little of his budget has anything to do with Donald Trump being president of the United States, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 27, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 27, 2017
Finance Minister Bill Morneau suggests that very little of his budget has anything to do with Donald Trump being president of the United States, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 13, 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, pictured Jan. 10 at Rideau Hall at the cabinet shuffle, with Labour Minister Patty Hadju, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 13, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 13, 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, pictured Jan. 10 at Rideau Hall at the cabinet shuffle, with Labour Minister Patty Hadju, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 6, 2017
It's time to conclude, on a balance of probabilities, that Donald Trump will be merely an ineffectual president. Photograph courtesy of the Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 6, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | March 6, 2017
It's time to conclude, on a balance of probabilities, that Donald Trump will be merely an ineffectual president. Photograph courtesy of the Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 27, 2017
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured in this file photo at Public Policy Forum event on Oct. 5, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 27, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 27, 2017
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured in this file photo at Public Policy Forum event on Oct. 5, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 20, 2017
The House of Commons is considering a motion from Liberal MP Iqra Khalid that would, if adopted, have the House of Commons 'condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.' The Hill Times photograph by Maureen McEwan
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 20, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 20, 2017
The House of Commons is considering a motion from Liberal MP Iqra Khalid that would, if adopted, have the House of Commons 'condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.' The Hill Times photograph by Maureen McEwan
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 13, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 13, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 13, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 6, 2017
In Ottawa, Stéphane Dion was still in valedictory mode, savouring the memory of a political career that had lasted longer than anyone expected—though not as long as he had hoped. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 6, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | February 6, 2017
In Ottawa, Stéphane Dion was still in valedictory mode, savouring the memory of a political career that had lasted longer than anyone expected—though not as long as he had hoped. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 30, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 30, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 30, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 23, 2017
While Stephen Harper noted how Donald Trump's election as U.S. president is part of growing global uncertainty, he said there could be some positive aspects to his presidency as well. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 23, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 23, 2017
While Stephen Harper noted how Donald Trump's election as U.S. president is part of growing global uncertainty, he said there could be some positive aspects to his presidency as well. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 18, 2017
Prime Minister Trudeau is wise to catch up with ordinary Canadians, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 18, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 18, 2017
Prime Minister Trudeau is wise to catch up with ordinary Canadians, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 16, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo with Stéphane Dion, who was dumped from cabinet last week. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 16, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 16, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo with Stéphane Dion, who was dumped from cabinet last week. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 11, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured last month in Ottawa, is about to embark on a tour to talk to average Canadians to nip small problems before they get big, Paul Wells argues. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 11, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 11, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured last month in Ottawa, is about to embark on a tour to talk to average Canadians to nip small problems before they get big, Paul Wells argues. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 9, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 9, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | January 9, 2017
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | December 12, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 29 at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa with Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | December 12, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | December 12, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 29 at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa with Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 30, 2016
Donald Trump was elected president on the back of a campaign that relied on nationalist rhetoric, a trend that has spread across the democratic world over the past few years. Photograph courtesy of Matthew McBain and Devin Dreeshen
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 30, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 30, 2016
Donald Trump was elected president on the back of a campaign that relied on nationalist rhetoric, a trend that has spread across the democratic world over the past few years. Photograph courtesy of Matthew McBain and Devin Dreeshen
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 29, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Cuba in November 2016 and meets with Fidel Castro's brother, and now president, Raúl Castro. Photograph courtesy of Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 29, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 29, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Cuba in November 2016 and meets with Fidel Castro's brother, and now president, Raúl Castro. Photograph courtesy of Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 28, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could meet all the swells he wants, as long as he doesn't charge admission. In the meantime, he and his ministers do what he bragged they wouldn't. A classic case of promising more than he feels like delivering. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 28, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 28, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could meet all the swells he wants, as long as he doesn't charge admission. In the meantime, he and his ministers do what he bragged they wouldn't. A classic case of promising more than he feels like delivering. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 21, 2016
Before deciding Donald Trump will fleece Justin Trudeau in bilateral talks, prognosticators would do well to wait until everyone knows what Trump plans to ask, or demand, or threaten. For greater certainty, they should then wait a little longer to ascertain whether Trump will contradict himself a day later, writes Paul Wells.
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 21, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 21, 2016
Before deciding Donald Trump will fleece Justin Trudeau in bilateral talks, prognosticators would do well to wait until everyone knows what Trump plans to ask, or demand, or threaten. For greater certainty, they should then wait a little longer to ascertain whether Trump will contradict himself a day later, writes Paul Wells.
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
There are a range of problems, some bigger than others, that will arise for Canada as a result of Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, writes Paul Wells. Photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 14, 2016
There are a range of problems, some bigger than others, that will arise for Canada as a result of Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, writes Paul Wells. Photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 7, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at a youth labour forum on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 7, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | November 7, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at a youth labour forum on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 24, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 24, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 24, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 12, 2016
Lisa Raitt, pictured earlier this year, in Question Period last week spoke of Marie, whom she said was a friend of hers worried she would have to pull one of her kids out of hockey next year because of the Trudeau government's carbon tax that would kick in a year later. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 12, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 12, 2016
Lisa Raitt, pictured earlier this year, in Question Period last week spoke of Marie, whom she said was a friend of hers worried she would have to pull one of her kids out of hockey next year because of the Trudeau government's carbon tax that would kick in a year later. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 10, 2016
Justin Trudeau, pictured Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the Hill with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 10, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | October 10, 2016
Justin Trudeau, pictured Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the Hill with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 28, 2016
The social-licence philosophy of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured last year, may be put to the test by pipeline projects, suggests Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 28, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 28, 2016
The social-licence philosophy of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured last year, may be put to the test by pipeline projects, suggests Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 26, 2016
To some extent, what's happened is, simply, that Catherine McKenna, the rookie environment minister, has been slow to learn the cost of promising a little extra. When she got her job last autumn, she was eager to proclaim that the carbon-reduction targets set by the Conservatives were a minimum. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 26, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 26, 2016
To some extent, what's happened is, simply, that Catherine McKenna, the rookie environment minister, has been slow to learn the cost of promising a little extra. When she got her job last autumn, she was eager to proclaim that the carbon-reduction targets set by the Conservatives were a minimum. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 19, 2016
Christine Lagarde and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a joint press conference in the House of Commons Foyer, Centre Block, on September 13, 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 19, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 19, 2016
Christine Lagarde and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a joint press conference in the House of Commons Foyer, Centre Block, on September 13, 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Kellie Leitch's proposal for values test for immigrants is one way for her to stand out in the crowd of candidates for the Conservative leadership, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Kellie Leitch's proposal for values test for immigrants is one way for her to stand out in the crowd of candidates for the Conservative leadership, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo. At first glance, the parade of cabinet ministers on university campuses across Canada on Sept. 6 might have looked like evidence of a new era in federal support for science, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 12, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo. At first glance, the parade of cabinet ministers on university campuses across Canada on Sept. 6 might have looked like evidence of a new era in federal support for science, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 8, 2016
Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board, was on hand at Dalhousie University when it was awarded a $94 million grant for a multidisciplinary ocean studies project with the University of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland's Memorial University. The Hill Times Photograph by Cynthia Münster
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 8, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 8, 2016
Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board, was on hand at Dalhousie University when it was awarded a $94 million grant for a multidisciplinary ocean studies project with the University of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland's Memorial University. The Hill Times Photograph by Cynthia Münster
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 7, 2016
'This is not the peacekeeping of the past,' Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured, told columnist Paul Wells. "There's no peace to keep.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 7, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 7, 2016
'This is not the peacekeeping of the past,' Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured, told columnist Paul Wells. "There's no peace to keep.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 5, 2016
Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef recently launched a national tour to hear the views of Canadians on electoral reform The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 5, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | September 5, 2016
Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef recently launched a national tour to hear the views of Canadians on electoral reform The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Harper did not leave public life on Friday, he only finished leaving it. He has been extracting himself from the public eye, in stages, for nearly as long as he was in it, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade.
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Harper did not leave public life on Friday, he only finished leaving it. He has been extracting himself from the public eye, in stages, for nearly as long as he was in it, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade.
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Among the ex-members of the committee on Growing the Middle Class is Chrystia Freeland, which is odd, writes Paul Wells, since she wrote a book on growing the middle class. Photograph courtesy of World Economic Forum
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 29, 2016
Among the ex-members of the committee on Growing the Middle Class is Chrystia Freeland, which is odd, writes Paul Wells, since she wrote a book on growing the middle class. Photograph courtesy of World Economic Forum
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 12, 2016
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured here in a file photo, said in a statement "Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential terrorist threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of this country and its citizens." The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 12, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 12, 2016
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured here in a file photo, said in a statement "Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential terrorist threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of this country and its citizens." The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 10, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a changing of the guards ceremony on July 21. The Hill Times Photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 10, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 10, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a changing of the guards ceremony on July 21. The Hill Times Photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
By my count, Navdeep Bains is the fourth industry minister (as people in his office used to be called) to launch an innovation agenda since the turn of the century, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
By my count, Navdeep Bains is the fourth industry minister (as people in his office used to be called) to launch an innovation agenda since the turn of the century, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
Mel Hurtig, pictured in Ottawa in 2008 on book tour for The Truth About Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 8, 2016
Mel Hurtig, pictured in Ottawa in 2008 on book tour for The Truth About Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 1, 2016
Four big themes will drive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's economic policy through next year's budget: innovation, infrastructure, immigration and foreign investment. Where will the money come from? Mr. Trudeau has been talking to executives at Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager, which controls $5-trillion in investments worldwide, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 1, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | August 1, 2016
Four big themes will drive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's economic policy through next year's budget: innovation, infrastructure, immigration and foreign investment. Where will the money come from? Mr. Trudeau has been talking to executives at Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager, which controls $5-trillion in investments worldwide, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 13, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laughs with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic at the NATO heads of state and government meeting in Warsaw last week. Photo courtesy of NATO
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 13, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 13, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laughs with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic at the NATO heads of state and government meeting in Warsaw last week. Photo courtesy of NATO
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is an 'eternal optimist' who believes Canadians are raring to have discussions all across the country on the topic of electoral reform, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is an 'eternal optimist' who believes Canadians are raring to have discussions all across the country on the topic of electoral reform, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured in September 2011 in Ottawa. No important British or European personality has said publicly that the U.K. shouldn't leave the European Union in the wake of the Brexit referendum. They're unanimous that Leave means Leave. This includes every candidate to replace Mr. Cameron as British Tory leader, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | July 11, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured in September 2011 in Ottawa. No important British or European personality has said publicly that the U.K. shouldn't leave the European Union in the wake of the Brexit referendum. They're unanimous that Leave means Leave. This includes every candidate to replace Mr. Cameron as British Tory leader, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | June 27, 2016
Jason Kenney is smart, widely read and travelled, almost comically hardworking, and was a key contributor to Harper's success, when Harper was successful. Like Stephen Harper, he would run near the right end of the leadership spectrum, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PAUL WELLS | June 27, 2016