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Justin Trudeau, Pierre Poilievre and Jagmeet Singh are their own worst enemies. Here’s how they can use the summer to turn things around

Justin Trudeau, Pierre Poilievre and Jagmeet Singh are their own worst enemies. Here’s how they can use the summer to turn things around

As MPs scur­ried out of Ottawa’s oppres­sive heat this week for what is like­ly the last sum­mer break before the next fed­er­al elec­tion — the fixed elec­tion is set for Octo­ber 2025, but it’s dif­fi­cult to see NDP Leader Jag­meet Singh…

What can we expect from parliamentarians this summer?

What can we expect from parliamentarians this summer?

The House of Com­mons is adjourned for the sum­mer and MPs will return to Ottawa in…

Justin Trudeau does his best Ookpik impression, then offers some real insights

Justin Trudeau does his best Ookpik impression, then offers some real insights

In his indis­pens­able book of children’s poet­ry Alli­ga­tor Pie, Den­nis Lee has…

Islamophobic truck stunt shows dangers of legitimizing far-right media networks

Islamophobic truck stunt shows dangers of legitimizing far-right media networks

Imag­ine pulling off hate as a fundrais­ing stunt. Yet it seems that’s what Rebel…

Ottawa’s levy on streaming services is no screen saver

Ottawa’s levy on streaming services is no screen saver

Com­ing soon to a screen near you: Ottawa’s new stream­ing tax. To be sure, that is…

Canada is heading for humiliation at the coming NATO summit

Canada is heading for humiliation at the coming NATO summit

Every gov­ern­ment min­is­ter has a role to play. As Min­is­ter of Nation­al…

Justin Trudeau and Pierre Poilievre have lots on the line in this Toronto byelection — but there’s one mistake voters might make

Justin Trudeau and Pierre Poilievre have lots on the line in this Toronto byelection — but there’s one mistake voters might make

Perched beside a church, two peti­tion­ers pose two ques­tion for pass­ing…



Ontario needs to change its fixed election date law

Ontario needs to change its fixed election date law

Is Doug Ford going to call an ear­ly elec­tion? Rumours are swirling around Queen’s Park…

Sadly, Generations of Patients Will Pay for the Tax Change

Sadly, Generations of Patients Will Pay for the Tax Change

The tax pro­pos­al intro­duced recent­ly by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has ignit­ed…

Can Canada fulfil the promises imbedded in the UN’s declaration on Indigenous rights?

Can Canada fulfil the promises imbedded in the UN’s declaration on Indigenous rights?

Three years ago on June 21, Cana­da took a bold step for­ward when the…

What’s there to fear about Pierre Poilievre?

What’s there to fear about Pierre Poilievre?

Cana­da has nev­er had a fed­er­al Con­ser­v­a­tive or Lib­er­al leader who fit the…

20-point comeback election wins are as rare as hen’s teeth, history shows

20-point comeback election wins are as rare as hen’s teeth, history shows

The dif­fer­ence in this case is the gov­ern­ment has been in pow­er for almost…

With the polls stacked against him, here’s why Justin Trudeau still thinks he can win the next election

With the polls stacked against him, here’s why Justin Trudeau still thinks he can win the next election

Justin Trudeau is no doubt acute­ly aware of just how much Lib­er­als need a morale…

A user's guide to Trudeau's illicit affair with China’s Communists

A user's guide to Trudeau's illicit affair with China’s Communists

In the ordi­nary course of heat­ed polit­i­cal con­tro­ver­sies, Cana­di­ans can sort out…

Unnamed traitors in Parliament, but thank goodness everyone’s reputation is intact

Unnamed traitors in Parliament, but thank goodness everyone’s reputation is intact

Two weeks in, we must con­clude that Oper­a­tion Save Our Rep­u­ta­tions has been…

The capital gains debate has turned dramatic and mysterious

The capital gains debate has turned dramatic and mysterious

Announc­ing the Lib­er­al gov­ern­men­t’s pro­posed changes to cap­i­tal gains tax­es…



Federal Liberals urgently need to shift terrain with bold ideas

Federal Liberals urgently need to shift terrain with bold ideas

As Lib­er­al MPs pre­pare to return to their home rid­ings for the sum­mer recess, they…

Think you’ve lost your freedom? Not in Canada, you haven’t

Think you’ve lost your freedom? Not in Canada, you haven’t

So many Cana­di­ans have com­plained about their lack of free­dom. I start­ed to…

Quebec’s language laws are coming to a long neglected place — bathrooms

Quebec’s language laws are coming to a long neglected place — bathrooms

Grow­ing up in a French-speak­ing house­hold, my fam­i­ly often vaca­tioned in…

Europe is in the middle of a ‘greenlash.’ If Canada doesn’t put workers first in its green transition, we could be next

Europe is in the middle of a ‘greenlash.’ If Canada doesn’t put workers first in its green transition, we could be next

Sev­en in 10 Cana­di­ans say they’re wor­ried about cli­mate change, so you might think…

In the case of foreign interference, why not name names?

In the case of foreign interference, why not name names?

Justin Trudeau is a wit­less for the pros­e­cu­tion. The prime min­is­ter could, if…

High immigration could see Quebec emigrate from Canada

High immigration could see Quebec emigrate from Canada

If times are good, immi­gra­tion does not dri­ve pol­i­tics. If times are bad,…

Taiwan at the Centre of the Coming Age of AI: An Opportunity for Canada
The foreign interference revelations show that Trudeau’s security committee is fulfilling its mandate

The foreign interference revelations show that Trudeau’s security committee is fulfilling its mandate

One of the bit­ter ironies in the dis­mal, long-run­ning for­eign inter­fer­ence saga is…

Inequality has only widened amid Freeland’s obsessive war on wealth

Inequality has only widened amid Freeland’s obsessive war on wealth

The con­clu­sion is that the Lib­er­als have mis­di­ag­nosed Canada’s major eco­nom­ic…



Pierre Poilievre can prove he’s a grown-up and read the NSICOP report. But what would be the point?

Pierre Poilievre can prove he’s a grown-up and read the NSICOP report. But what would be the point?

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre has every par­ti­san polit­i­cal rea­son to…

Colonel Mustard with the knife in the Constituency? Maybe not

Colonel Mustard with the knife in the Constituency? Maybe not

It has been like a long-play­ing Net­flix series — alter­nate­ly alarm­ing,…

A few thoughts on political journalism

A few thoughts on political journalism

In Jan­u­ary 2023, as part of a larg­er edi­to­r­i­al and cor­po­rate exer­cise, the…

The Geopolitical Economy: Nationalism, Populism and a New ‘Yes, We Can’

The Geopolitical Economy: Nationalism, Populism and a New ‘Yes, We Can’

The real­i­ty today is an uncom­fort­able mix of geopo­lit­i­cal tur­moil, ris­ing…

For Poilievre, ignorance of the foreign interference report is not bliss

For Poilievre, ignorance of the foreign interference report is not bliss

The Nation­al Post’s Tristin Hop­per did a fine job this week explain­ing the…

Olivia Chow’s greatest vulnerability? Her friends

Olivia Chow’s greatest vulnerability? Her friends

Imag­ine the con­fu­sion. Toronto’s most labour friend­ly may­or in recent mem­o­ry and…

“It’s bull——:” How Ottawa insiders really feel about Justin Trudeau’s handling of the foreign interference probe

“It’s bull——:” How Ottawa insiders really feel about Justin Trudeau’s handling of the foreign interference probe

Eighty years ago, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko walked out of the Sovi­et embassy in Ottawa…

New research shows engaged women know that embracing Canadian energy can tackle affordability and make life easier. Will our government follow suit?

New research shows engaged women know that embracing Canadian energy can tackle affordability and make life easier. Will our government follow suit?

Whether it’s turn­ing on the lights, fill­ing up your tank, or adjust­ing the…

Political Pulse Panel: Federal leaders differ on intelligence report implications

Political Pulse Panel: Federal leaders differ on intelligence report implications

Par­ty insid­ers dis­cuss a week of rev­e­la­tions, con­fu­sion and con­tra­dic­tion…

Ottawa’s Response to the Trucker Protest Was Doomed from the Start

Ottawa’s Response to the Trucker Protest Was Doomed from the Start

THE STORY OF how Ottawa failed to deal effec­tive­ly with the three-week ​“Free­dom…

Poilievre wriggles out of the Liberal trap, with a commitment to much broader tax reform

Poilievre wriggles out of the Liberal trap, with a commitment to much broader tax reform

We would appear, as Woody Allen once said, to stand at a cross­roads: ​“One path…

Canada should give doctors every incentive to stay. By hiking capital gains, it’s doing the opposite

Canada should give doctors every incentive to stay. By hiking capital gains, it’s doing the opposite

There is one very good rea­son why the Lib­er­als could not enter­tain the request from…

Recalling a Prime Minister’s visit to Stirling on the Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen’s 150th birthday

Recalling a Prime Minister’s visit to Stirling on the Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen’s 150th birthday

All eyes were on tiny Stir­ling on August 11, 1920. Cana­da had a new prime…

Will someone please tell us already how exactly our democracy is being undermined?

Will someone please tell us already how exactly our democracy is being undermined?

If you ever stud­ied phi­los­o­phy you’ll be famil­iar with Plato’s alle­go­ry of the…

Ottawa’s cruising for another trade bruising from Donald Trump

Ottawa’s cruising for another trade bruising from Donald Trump

The sense that Trump would guar­an­tee Cana­da access to U.S. mar­kets under the…

Alberta's war room waves the white flag

Alberta's war room waves the white flag

When for­mer Alber­ta pre­mier Jason Ken­ney first intro­duced the idea of an oil and gas…

Canadian politicians are modelling the LGBTQ+ scapegoating of Eastern Europe

Canadian politicians are modelling the LGBTQ+ scapegoating of Eastern Europe

Anew report by Over Zero, a research and train­ing group found­ed in response to the…

Poilievre takes the dare When springing a trap, try not to give six weeks' notice

Poilievre takes the dare When springing a trap, try not to give six weeks' notice

Some­body should write a book about Justin Trudeau and box­ing metaphors. One…