For a measure of how bad Tuesday’s French-language Conservative leadership debate actually was, consider that Kevin O’Leary – the reality-show personality who has just joined the long list of contenders to succeed Stephen Harper – probably scored in absentia. […]
There’s an odd disconnect between Justin Trudeau’s industrious tour of small-town and mid-sized Canada this week and the events rattling the world outside.
Politically, the contrast is probably healthy. On Friday, Donald Trump will proclaim his faith in forgotten ordinary Americans. While he does that, Prime Minister Trudeau is wise to catch up with ordinary Canadians. […]
First, some somewhat encouraging news for the 11 non-Quebec candidates who are gathering in the province’s capital for the only French-language debate of the federal Conservative leadership campaign. The Quebec Conservatives who hold the second-largest number of leadership votes are not – in principle at least – wedded to the concept of having a native son as party leader. […]
One of the best little rules in Ottawa requires that public opinion research done for the government be made public after it is submitted.
When you know what the feds are polling on, it’s a pretty good proxy for knowing what they’re planning. […]
Stephane Dion has always been every Liberal leader’s special gift.
When Justin Trudeau announced a renewed Liberal cabinet that had no place for Dion, it was clear Dion’s refusal to accept the sinecure Trudeau had offered – simultaneous appointments, it is reported, as ambassador to Germany and to the European Union – was putting a serious cramp in Trudeau’s style on a big day. […]
After serving the country for 35 years, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP – Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan has announced her retirement. Ryan has held the position for the past three years. Mar, 3 will be her final day as Commanding Officer. […]
Somewhere in the sullen sandstone bunker of Ottawa’s Langevin Block, somebody has finally pulled the populism alarm.
You know the one. It says IN CASE OF ENTITLEMENT, BREAK GLASS.
Beneath that inscription, in a smaller font, it says I MEAN, FEEL FREE TO WAIT A WHILE, BECAUSE ENTITLEMENT IS FUN. BUT IF IT GETS REALLY BAD, GO AHEAD AND BREAK THAT GLASS. […]
Is Dion the best pitchman for Canada-U.S. affairs? A connected Freeland gets a second look
Count back from known events. Late this month the Trudeau cabinet will hold a two-day retreat outside Ottawa. The last time the prime minister summoned his colleagues for one of these occasional getaways, in Sudbury at the end of August, he gave a few ministers new jobs and shook up the committees that organize their work. […]