Reading Time: 3 minutesDepending on how one looks at it, former prime minister Kim Campbell is either the last federal minister to have tried to recriminalize abortion in Canada or the first to have conceded that the federal government had to leave women free to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesOver his first 15 months as a rookie MP and Canada’s finance minister, Bill Morneau has mastered the art of the platitude. That could come in handy when he presents his second budget this month.
Reading Time: 3 minutesSometimes to kill time in Ottawa, a few of us old-timers like to speculate about whatever happened to the Naylor report.
“Whatever happened to the Naylor report?” Tex will ask, or maybe it’s Mitch. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesAlmost 18 months into a majority mandate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to appoint a single parliamentary watchdog.
That is not for lack of a vacancy to fill. Four of the eight strategic positions of officers of Parliament are currently without a permanent holder. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen travelling, it’s handy to show some fluency in local dialects. “We are of course very alert to the challenges posed by the Southern Resident killer whale pod,” Justin Trudeau said on Thursday, cool as a cucumber, as he stood on the dock at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, just outside Victoria. […]
Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police have launched a contest for children. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the RCMP are looking for young Canadians to help name 14 foals born recently at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ontario. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesAlan DeSousa has been the mayor of Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough since it was created 15 years ago. Initially elected on the ticket of mayor Gerald Tremblay, he survived the corruption scandals that marked that era and was re-elected as part of Denis Coderre’s team in 2013. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s time to conclude, on a balance of probabilities, that Donald Trump will be merely an ineffectual president.
For a while it seemed the White House’s listless new tenant might have some sort of trade strategy. For a few days he even seemed to be preparing for an attack on Iran. That seems so long ago. He may yet do something big domestically, like repeal Obamacare, although the news that massive new social programs contain fine print has rattled him badly. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutesAlmost a year after the New Democrats made history of a kind by showing Thomas Mulcair the door, the party has finally corralled enough candidates to hold a proper leadership debate next month.
Reading Time: 3 minutesThe storyline detailing the flood of refugees crossing into Canada to escape Donald Trump should be kept in perspective.
First, it is not a flood. Second, not all of those who claim to be refugees will necessarily be granted that status. Third, it is not yet clear that all or even most are fleeing the new U.S. president. […]