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by Chantal Hebert If you subscribe to the notion that governments are meant to walk their talk at budget time, then Justin Trudeau's Liberals are...

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Wednesday's budget will be about the middle class and innovation. Maybe it'll even be helpful! That would be nice. Unfortunately, the Trudeau government's handling of both files so far has left them in something close to a shambles.

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The controversy over whether Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator says a little about her. It says more about the West's current fascination with Russian disinformation. The basic facts about Michael Chomiak's activities during the Second World War are now well known.

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A funny thing happened on the way to Justin Trudeau's new world of justice for the middle class: The federal government ran out of money.

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In the eternal balancing act of Canadian Liberalism, it's a week for tilting left. One after another, cabinet ministers are lining up to resuscitate programs that please the Liberal base and that the Harper Conservatives fought tooth and nail.

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In the early 1990s I worked at the Gazette in Montreal. In those days on a Saturday you'd pick up your Gazette, shake five sections of classified advertising and home and car ads onto the floor, and go straight to the City pages, which featured a loving summary of local restaurants' health-code violations.

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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.

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It is a rare government decision that involves a lot of predictable political pain for little obvious electoral gain. For better or for worse, the approval by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline falls into that category.

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I want to talk about the rest of Canada's weird, hesitant relationship with Cuba. But first, since I'm just getting to it now, a few words about Justin Trudeau and Fidel Castro.

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Justin Trudeau's government was three weeks old when his office released ethics guidelines for cabinet ministers. Trudeau was eager for everyone to notice.