National Column: The Trudeau Interview: Fourth of five parts

Reading Time: 3 minutesCanada would be seen as a “banana republic” if it scrapped a $15-billion deal to sell armed vehicles to Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau says.

“People have to know that when you sign a deal with Canada, a change in governments won’t immediately scrap the jobs and benefits coming from it,” the prime minister said in an interview in his office in Parliament’s Centre Block. “Because we’re not a banana republic.” […]


National Column: The Trudeau Interview – second of Five parts

Reading Time: 4 minutesJustin Trudeau was eight minutes late for our interview on Monday, which was no hardship, since we’d budgeted a comfortable 40 minutes and I was waiting in the cosy confines of his own office on the third floor of Parliament’s Centre Block. Framed photo of his dad in the corner, under a contemporary caricature of Wilfrid Laurier. Medallion in the shape of the Montreal Canadiens logo hanging from the bookshelf in the opposite corner. […]


National Column: Five unexpected developments in Bill C-14 debate

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe time-sensitive production of a Charter-compliant federal law on medically assisted death was always going to be a logistical challenge for whomever was elected to power last October.

On that basis, the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government missed Monday’s court-imposed deadline to prevent a legal void is probably the least unexpected development in the legislative saga that has consumed MPs and senators over the first session of the new Parliament. […]


Column: Joe Morinville

Reading Time: 3 minutesSince the owner of this rag decided to go off to a political convention for a week, he told me I’d better put together some of my great wisdom for the paper. Now that the good weather is here, I ain’t felt much like writing my thoughts down on account of I’m enjoying tinkering with the old car and figuring new ways to keep the cats out of the missus’ garden so I don’t go to listen to her hollering about the neighbourhood cats going poo in the pansies. […]


National Column: In spite of Trudeau, G7 gets failing grade

Reading Time: 3 minutesLast week’s G7 meeting in Japan was an opportunity missed.

The leaders of seven important countries, including Canada, had a chance to do something that would rekindle the sputtering global economy. Some, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, tried to convince the group to do just that. […]