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Patrick Brown takes a page from Donald Trump in his bid for a comeback

Opinion|By Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Patrick Brown may as well be wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat as he goes around pronouncing his innocence and looking to get his job back. He is living proof that Donald Trump’s style…
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In his address to the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reminded attendees that in front of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels are two memorials. “One is a section of the…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
It is always enjoyable to stay in touch with former foreign ministry colleagues in my "retryment.” Like “Godwin's Law” of the internet, or any discussion of United States politics that leads to Donald Trump, it…
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Feb. 11 marked 28 years since the moment Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison near Cape Town a free man. For the previous decade of Mandela’s 27 years in prison, the image of his…
Poverty reduction advocates, including Food Banks Canada, have high expectations for a long-awaited national poverty reduction strategy the federal government is preparing to table in early 2018. These groups have been pushing for this action…
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Of all the things the Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers drama The Post is, a period piece isn’t one of them. Yes, it’s set in 1971. Yes, there are shots of hot metal typesetting and everyone’s smoking their…
Energy issues can be a polarizing force in Canadian politics, all too often pitting region against region, or opening up divisions between rural and urban. So when we kicked off the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s…
The worldwide movement to fight climate change is electrifying unprecedented momentum in the global cleantech market. This momentum is characterized by a global race to innovate, develop, verify, and bring solutions to market. Canada has…
Hill Times Columnists

TORONTO—At first glance, it may sound like a crazy idea. But are the Big Tech companies—Amazon, Apple, Alphabet-Google, Facebook, and others—the reason for the declining rate of entrepreneurship and the related loss of dynamism in…
OTTAWA—On Feb. 15, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan emerged from a NATO conference in Brussels and hinted that Canada would be willing to support the alliance’s request for an expanded training role in Iraq. Sajjan could…
OTTAWA—Long live the right to bare arms, NOT. Conservative Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel felt the need to cross hairs with her party’s former leader last week by contradicting Canada’s first woman prime minister on…
CHELSEA, QUE.—When it comes to pipeline politics, the unproven claims flow much faster than Alberta bitumen. Diverting as the ongoing interprovincial punch-up has been—Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and most of Canadian punditry championing…
OTTAWA—We get a peek at what security intelligence services do all too rarely in this country. In contrast, the recent leaking of an FBI memo on the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016…
Opinion
“Is Canada an essential country at this time in the life of our planet?” asked Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in her major foreign policy address to the House in June. There is one area where…
Now that Canada’s defence policy has been introduced, and has moved toward implementation, we have an opportunity to assess what Canada accomplished—and what it didn’t—with this new document. Especially from the perspective of Canada’s closest…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—“They came at us, in the same old style," is how the Duke of Wellington famously described the French tactics at the Battle of Waterloo. And that tactic reminds me a bit of Canada’s…
TORONTO—In the social media era—in our mad rush to judgment—people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies…
Opinion|Megan Leslie
OTTAWA—In response to staggering levels of wildlife loss, conservation organizations and federal parliamentarians of all political stripes have asked the Government of Canada to make nature a priority in the looming federal budget by allocating…
Opinion
The National Council of Veteran Associations and the War Amps of Canada contend that Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan's announcement regarding the long-awaited "lifelong pension" has failed to live up to the Liberal government's election commitment…
As negotiations for NAFTA 2.0 wrap up today in Montreal, it’s hard not to reflect on the progress that Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have made as trading partners, and the fundamental role that railways…
There has been a lot of rhetoric in the media recently about meat taxes with the inference that eating less meat will reduce ones’ carbon footprint. Unfortunately, balance and context are often absent from this…
Editorial

Clear consequences should be defined as parties delve into harassment claims

All of the parties’ leadership teams agree: allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct levelled against members of their respective caucuses need to be taken seriously. But, as The Hill Times reported on Monday, no one…
Opinion|Editorial

What, exactly, is a ‘framework’ and what has changed?

The verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial isn’t the making of the Trudeau government or Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, but it has fallen to them to give the public faith that the justice system treats…
Opinion|Editorial

House committee ought to have heard from ag groups on food guide

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came into office and immediately sent his ministers on a number of listening tours to hear from Canadians about everything from electoral reform to defence policy to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade…
Letters to the editor

Industry self-regulation doesn’t work

A recent article from The Tyee suggested the previous Liberal government in British Columbia was relying too much on industry self-regulation in terms of protecting the environment and public safety. The problem of funded-by-industry oversight…

Denial of Nanjing massacre deprives our veterans of their honour

Re: “No need for Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day in Ontario,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 25, p. 15) and “Why we should recognize Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day in Ontario” (The Hill Times, July 24, p. 18).…

Congrats for funnelling aid to education, health programs, but more aid money is needed

My congratulations to the Canadian government for doubling our annual contribution to the Global Partnership for Education, which is working successfully to provide access to a quality education for children around the world. The GPE…
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OAKVILLE, ONT.—Today’s topic is political intelligence. And let me quickly note, when I say “intelligence” I don’t mean “James Bond” spying kind of intelligence. (Though come to think of it, examining the way political campaigns…
LONDON, U.K.—It began, as so many things do these days, with a Donald Trump tweet. Frustrated by his inability to kill the ‘Obamacare’ expansion of public health-care provision in the United States, Trump seized on…
TORONTO—There are lots of rules to remember about politics and public relations and the law. Here are 10. Don’t brag about hiring private investigators. For example, in the middle of a #MeToo-type full-blown crisis, don’t have…
State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III. Bob Woodward New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. The water-cooler take on Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein has long been that Woodward was the plodding, anal one…
What a year it has been for women in politics in Canada. The developments have been dramatic in some cases, lacklustre or downright disturbing in others. While generally there’s been progress, the devil is in the details.…
Opinion
Colorado and Washington are often referenced for pioneering the legalization of adult-use cannabis in 2012. Today, eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws legalizing cannabis for adult-use, with a total of…
Opinion
The leaders of the world provide inspiration for many of us—or do they? British Prime Minister Teresa May is having trouble getting out of the EU club after most people voted to get out and…
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's year may be off to a rough start. Two national polls published back to back this week suggest the official opposition's fall offensive in the House of Commons has failed to…
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
LONDON, U.K.—There are comical elements in the current Turkish invasion of northern Syria. Its name, for example: Operation Olive Branch. Or the frantic back-pedalling by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the announcement that…
MPs should be forgiven if nagging doubts about the safety of aircraft they use to commute to and from Ottawa have been rekindled. After all, the tragedy of former transport minister Jean Lapierre and family,…
Opinion
Re: "Some days, I hate Ottawa, the media, and the internet age," (The Hill Times, Jan. 22, by Warren Kinsella). I loved this column, but note that the woman who was the subject of the original…
Opinion|Kevin Dunbar
The past 12 months have been a horrific year for humanitarian crisis. The war in Syria continued. We watched nearly one million refugees from Myanmar stream into Bangladesh, seeking protection from rape, mass killings and…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—NDP leader Jagmeet Singh recently invited reporters to witness and record his wedding proposal to Gurkiran Kaur. Sounds like a cute—even romantic—little media stunt, right? Well, don’t say that to CBC journalist Aaron Wherry,…
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The outcome of the first electoral engagement to take place against the backdrop of the B.C.-Alberta trade war was non-conclusive. That is not to say it was meaningless. On Feb. 14, the voters in the…
  POWERS: I hope enough Quebecers tell Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marios to kiss Prince Harry’s recently displayed arse on Sept. 4 and that Jean Charest is returned to power. Any leader like Marois who wants…
OTTAWA—Nearly two years after Thomas Mulcair got caught between Alberta oil workers and anti-energy activists, costing him the NDP leadership, the party is still trying to define itself and create a narrative that connects with…
TORONTO—As we know, life goes on no matter what. Now that Jack Layton is resting in peace, the race to replace him is on, both as leader and MP for the Toronto Danforth riding. There…
POWELL RIVER, B.C.—Justin Trudeau has proven to be much more bold in his first couple of weeks than almost anyone imagined. And unlike Jean Chrétien and his 1993 election Red Book, Trudeau actually seems to…