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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unveiling the long-awaited first Liberal budget today to a more receptive audience than when he was elected last fall.
According to an Abacus poll published over the weekend, a majority in every province except Alberta approves of his performance to date. […]
It seems like the people in Morinville are more interested in talking about what Mr. Trump is doing and saying than what our own politicians at all levels of government are doing and saying. Suppose that makes some sense on account of our own politicians not being as colourful as the American ones, […]
Justin Trudeau is said to have hit on the idea of running deficits last July while brainstorming with aides just weeks before the election call.
The following month, in late August, he unveiled that plan and, according to Trudeau, that was the day he believed he won the election. […]
Cliff and I would publically like to thank Councillor Barry Turner, who intercepted Mr. Steer about the wording of the presentation. Having attended the Committee of the Whole meeting [Mar. 15], specifically to listen to this presentation, in our opinion it sounded like a sales pitch to Council on something that had already been decided on. Councillor Turner made it very clear that there has been no decision in Morinville to apply this technology. […]
Federal Conservatives have moved with astonishing speed and depth in their repudiation of the Stephen Harper years.
Some senior members of the party now talk of the need for carbon pricing. They back the Liberal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. They talk of a national anti-poverty strategy, speak in more centrist tones and are showing Canadians a softer, more appealing style with Rona Ambrose as interim leader. […]
As the New Democrats ponder the future of their federal party and its leadership, here are a few inconvenient truths they might have to face up to.
1. Yes, the NDP lost the last federal campaign on a fiscal and social platform that the Liberals could have written. The key planks of yearly balanced budgets and a national child care program were lifted from outdated red books. It was a decidedly middle-of-the-road document. […]
OTTAWA-When Canada lost its bid for a United Nations Security Council seat to Portugal in 2010 it was widely seen as a humiliation, an embarrassment, the dagger through the heart of Stephen Harper’s foreign policy. […]
As they ponder the leadership of their own parties, what lessons, if any, should the Conservatives and
the New Democrats draw from Justin Trudeau’s picture-perfect official visit to Washington?
Over the coming weeks and months, the NDP and the Conservative Party of Canada will make decisions
that will shape their respective courses to the 2019 election.
She died young and alone, never knowing justice.
That would come posthumously, 63 years after a simple gesture of defiance and courage helped change
this country. Yet her story remains little known. […]
We want to be liked; we want to be appreciated, but most of all we want to be noticed.
Sometimes we crave it so much we appear a little bit needy. In reality, though, it is not needy, it is necessary. […]
It is a political rule of thumb that defeated incumbents tend to drown their sorrows in money and it turns out the federal Conservatives are no exception.
At $5 million, the spending limit imposed on each of the candidates who will vie to replace Stephen Harper between now and next spring is more than five times higher than the maximum allowed for the leadership contest that resulted in Justin Trudeau’s election. […]