Much celebration – for the most part justified – is attending the first anniversary of Justin Trudeau’s election victory. Twelve months later, polls elicit no buyer’s remorse. Many voters who did not support Trudeau last year are on balance happy he won. […]
The proposed trade deal between Canada and the European Union was supposed to be simple.
On the Canadian side, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) had the full support of both Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who first negotiated it, and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, who inherited it (Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats maintained a studied neutrality). […]
Here is a much abbreviated list of the current and former Canadian politicians who believe that when it comes to cultural diversity, Canada should be exporting its live-and-let-live model, not looking for inspiration from countries such as France that have put in place coercive measures to affirm their national identity. […]
Justin Trudeau had been prime minister for barely two months when he made his first visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, a gaudy alpine day camp for zillionaires and Hollywood’s we-have-all-the-answers set. The skepticism that attended the young prime minister’s late nights with Bono and Kevin Spacey was healthy and natural.
The Nobel Committee for Literature of the Swedish Academy comprises five Swedish writers, plus two associate members, ranging in age from 54 to 86, of middling international reputation. Self-awareness is half their charm. They know the annual chance to hand out a Nobel Prize for literature gives them a megaphone out of all proportion to the rest of their lives. […]
If one had to take away just one thing from the NDP’s just-released submission on electoral reform, it is that it strenuously avoids tracing a party line in the sand.
As leader, Thomas Mulcair campaigned on a mixed-member proportional system. But in its brief, the NDP carefully avoids pinning itself down to a specific system to the exclusion of others, or to a process to achieve a reform. […]
At last, evidence that sometimes a journalist can make something of himself. On Friday, in a hall in Levis, across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City, Parti Quebecois members learned the separatist party had elected Jean-FranÁois Lisee as its ninth leader. […]
It has always been a myth that Canada’s soldiers in Iraq don’t do combat. Now the myth is even harder to sustain.
On Thursday, a senior general acknowledged that, over the past few months, Canadian special forces operating in northern Iraq have become increasingly involved in front-line skirmishes against Daesh fighters. […]
“Mr. Speaker, another friend of mine, Marie, has three boys,” Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday during question period.
Raitt is the Conservatives’ finance critic. Across the House of Commons aisle, some Liberals chuckled. Raitt had already asked a question about her friend Susan, a divorced mom in Guelph […]
It is hard enough to be an opposition leader without starting out with knives sticking out of one’s back. But that is the fate that awaits the next leader of the Parti Quebecois, whoever he or she might be. […]