National Column: Why Trump reversed himself and attacked Syria

How to explain Donald Trump’s radical about-face on Syria, Russia and China? Analysts are at a loss.

Leaders do change their views. But the U.S. president’s sudden transformation from isolationist America Firster to big-time global policeman boggles even the most jaded of minds.


National Affairs Column: What to make of Trump’s airstrike against Syria

In the cold light of day, here are seven observations on the U.S. missile attack against Syria.

First, it was illegal. Russian President Vladimir Putin makes that point and in this instance he is correct. Short of invoking the right of self-defence, it is a breach of international law to attack a state unless that attack is authorized by the United Nations Security Council. […]


National Column: Refugee backlash will strengthen

Because this is Canada, the backlash begins in the most polite of fashions.

But make no mistake, a backlash against Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to this country is taking root and seems certain to build. […]


National Column: For Trudeau, tone must give way to resolve

The triumphant walk to Rideau Hall, the showmanship, the welcome move toward more transparency, the big shift in “tone” – it all now seems so easy. And distant. Was that really barely 10 days ago?

Now Justin Trudeau will have to show something much more important: resolve. […]

Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Mr. Harper Continues to Misinform Canadians

I know that I was not alone in my horror in seeing the washed up body of a three year old child on the Turkish Shores that occurred last week. There is just one thing that is more horrid than this photo; and that is the response of Prime Minister Harper to the people of Canada – and the world. In the interviews that I heard, Stephen Harper stated that Canada is doing more than any of the G Eight countries to relieve the situation in relation to the Syrian refugees. All Canadians know that this is a misrepresentation of reality! […]