National Column: Power shift turns Ottawa on its head

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen power flips in the capital, everything turns upside down.

To the victor, the parade, the adulation, everything but the rose petals. To the vanquished, the freight entrance.

And so it was Thursday when a jaunty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loped into his first caucus meeting to cheers and Stephen Harper returned to the House of Commons via the door reserved for recycling.


National Column: Liberal to-do list is time sensitive

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe cabinet Justin Trudeau unveils on Nov. 4 will have to hit the ground running.

From recasting Canada in the anti-Islamic State international coalition, to deciding the fate of the just-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership, beating a ticking Supreme Court clock on medically assisted suicide, rewriting the Conservative anti-terrorism legislation and setting up an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, many of the items on the incoming government’s to-do list are time sensitive. […]


National Column: October ghosts’ haunt Liberals, Tories

Reading Time: 3 minutesOur neighbours to the south have a name for a late-campaign jolt, the legendary “October surprise.”

Here in Canada, this year, we have been visited by the “October ghosts” in the campaign’s final hours.

For Justin Trudeau, a stunning lapse in judgment by his campaign co-chair can cause real damage to a surging campaign, particularly in Quebec. Thursday, Trudeau was fighting off the ghosts of Liberal scandals past. […]


National Column: Grits positioned to craft stable minority

Reading Time: 3 minutesWith the wind at his back in the last week of the campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is asking voters to give his party a majority on Monday. To measure what a feat that would be, consider that to reach the magic majority number of 170, the Liberals – with 36 MPs at dissolution – would have to more than quadruple their seats next week. […]


National Column: Election campaign is still about change

Reading Time: 3 minutesTen weeks in, one week to go, and despite predictions of his demise, Stephen Harper is still standing.

A minority Conservative government is within reach. How long that minority might survive will depend on the election night numbers.

That, however, is still Harper’s biggest problem. He is standing, but he’s not moving. […]


Healthy Routes Column: Keeping our hormonal balance healthy

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe all have them; we wouldn’t be here without them (really), and we load blame on them for a myriad of troubles.
The first month of school is a perfect of example of the problems hormones can cause. Many teens and preteens seem to change personalities on a daily basis. The excitement and optimism of first day ‘back to school jitters’ […]


National Column: Fighting politics of fear in PM’s backyard

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe most passionate pushback on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s twin hot-button election issues is coming from his own backyard.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s outspoken criticism of the Conservative leader’s court appeal on the issue of niqabs at citizenship ceremonies and the stripping of citizenship from convicted terrorists in many ways pulls back the curtain on the Alberta that elected him as mayor of its largest city and handed a huge provincial majority to New Democrat Rachel Notley. […]