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Making the Political Case for Increased Defence Spending in an Uncertain World

Making the Political Case for Increased Defence Spending in an Uncertain World

It’s 2025, three years into the Ukraine con­flict. and Rus­sia, embold­ened by its mil­i­tary achieve­ments, per­haps embold­ened by a polit­i­cal­ly dis­tract­ed NATO Alliance, tar­gets Latvia, where Cana­di­an troops are deployed.…

Weekly Writ for Feb. 28: Pharma deal gives Liberals more of the only thing they have left — time

Weekly Writ for Feb. 28: Pharma deal gives Liberals more of the only thing they have left — time

Looks like there won’t be a fed­er­al elec­tion in 2024 — if it was ever like­ly…

RCMP hobbled by century-old policing model: minister's briefing

RCMP hobbled by century-old policing model: minister's briefing

The RCMP receives ​“insuf­fi­cient fed­er­al invest­ment” to car­ry out its increased…

Weekly Writ for Feb. 21: The seats that would give Poilievre a majority government

Weekly Writ for Feb. 21: The seats that would give Poilievre a majority government

With the kinds of polling num­bers we’ve seen over the last few months, Pierre…

Forget Putin. Our defence budget is all about Trump

Forget Putin. Our defence budget is all about Trump

The man with a pret­ty good shot at being the next U.S. Pres­i­dent sent shock­waves…

Lincoln Alexander's link to freedom of information

Lincoln Alexander's link to freedom of information

Lin­coln Alexander’s lega­cy of fac­ing down racism in Cana­da is being cel­e­brat­ed…

Canada needs a morgue for freedom-of-info documents

Canada needs a morgue for freedom-of-info documents

In their hey­day, news­pa­pers main­tained ​‘morgues,’ musty places where clip­pings were…



Weekly Writ for Feb. 14: A new polling normal that's not normal at all

Weekly Writ for Feb. 14: A new polling normal that's not normal at all

A few recent polls have the Con­ser­v­a­tives at or above 40% sup­port while the…

Pressuring Israel: 9 reasons Trudeau should suspend arms exports

Pressuring Israel: 9 reasons Trudeau should suspend arms exports

There is grow­ing pres­sure on Israel’s allies to con­vince the Netanyahu gov­ern­ment to…

Weekly Writ for Feb. 7: A deep-dive into Poilievre's fundraising machine

Weekly Writ for Feb. 7: A deep-dive into Poilievre's fundraising machine

The Con­ser­v­a­tives raised a lot of mon­ey last year — and espe­cial­ly a lot…

Cabinet secrecy gets a boost

Cabinet secrecy gets a boost

Canada’s top court last week round­ly affirmed the con­fi­den­tial­i­ty of cab­i­net…

The threat to democracy nobody dares mention at the Foreign Interference Inquiry

The threat to democracy nobody dares mention at the Foreign Interference Inquiry

Despite the government’s best efforts to avoid it, the Pub­lic Inquiry into For­eign…

British Columbia's wacky FOI follies

British Columbia's wacky FOI follies

Reporters have been bail­ing on free­dom-of-infor­ma­tion requests every­where you look…

Why Israel is losing at the World Court

Why Israel is losing at the World Court

Yes­ter­day the World Court hand­ed down its antic­i­pat­ed ini­tial rul­ing on South…

You owe Jason Kenney a beer

You owe Jason Kenney a beer

If you val­ue your con­sti­tu­tion­al rights to protest the gov­ern­ment and to not have…

Even journalists have privacy rights

Even journalists have privacy rights

Jour­nal­ists are some­times in the busi­ness of keep­ing secrets. They have a duty…



Weekly Writ for Jan. 24: Which cabinet ministers are in danger of defeat?

Weekly Writ for Jan. 24: Which cabinet ministers are in danger of defeat?

Plus the count­down for the next fed­er­al byelec­tions is on; what the lat­est polls are…

The day Alberta almost went dark

The day Alberta almost went dark

On Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 11th, Alber­ta set an all-time record for elec­tric­i­ty use.…

Knowing where to look for news

Knowing where to look for news

A lot of great scoops about gov­ern­ment are hid­ing in plain sight. Open-source…

Ontario journalists quitting freedom-of-info

Ontario journalists quitting freedom-of-info

Jour­nal­ists in Cana­da have long been minor users of free­dom-of-infor­ma­tion laws,…

It'll be a closer election, but Sask Party remains heavy favourite in 2024

It'll be a closer election, but Sask Party remains heavy favourite in 2024

With a lit­tle less than 290 days to go before Saskatchewan’s elec­tion, the…

Finding Ed Broadbent

Finding Ed Broadbent

Ed Broad­bent (1936−2024), who died this week at age 87, was a decent and…

Mangled and mutilated: Ottawa's banknote rescue service

Mangled and mutilated: Ottawa's banknote rescue service

Mil­lions of dol­lars arrive each year at the Bank of Cana­da in the form of bank notes…

Weekly Writ for Jan. 10: Crisis and opportunity when MPs retire

Weekly Writ for Jan. 10: Crisis and opportunity when MPs retire

It’s nor­mal when an elec­tion approach­es for MPs to start eye­ing the exits. Sign­ing…

Ged Baldwin's 50-year-old crusade for freedom of information legislation in Canada

Ged Baldwin's 50-year-old crusade for freedom of information legislation in Canada

This year is a mile­stone for gov­ern­ment trans­paren­cy in Cana­da, mark­ing…



RCMP misses key deadline for response to Nova Scotia's mass casualty of 2020

RCMP misses key deadline for response to Nova Scotia's mass casualty of 2020

The RCMP has blown past a dead­line for respond­ing to a scathing pub­lic…

Goodbye to 2023, Part 1

Goodbye to 2023, Part 1

I start­ed my Sub­stack account a year ago to be part of longer-form dis­cus­sions…

Goodbye to 2023, Part 2

Goodbye to 2023, Part 2

I end­ed 2022 with a series of essays on issues that I thought were impor­tant…

The Year in Review: Top Ten Michael Geist Substack Posts

The Year in Review: Top Ten Michael Geist Substack Posts

My look back at 2023 con­cludes with a review of my most pop­u­lar Sub­stacks of the…

Christmas Cheers: Saluting Political Staffers

Christmas Cheers: Saluting Political Staffers

As the fes­tive sea­son wraps its arms around us, with its twin­kling lights and the…

Weekly Writ for Dec. 20: Taking stock and looking forward

Weekly Writ for Dec. 20: Taking stock and looking forward

As we pre­pare to get nes­tled all snug in our beds for the hol­i­day sea­son,…

Dispatch from the Front Line: Go home, politicians. Rest up. And maybe just stay there.

Dispatch from the Front Line: Go home, politicians. Rest up. And maybe just stay there.

Hel­lo, dear read­ers. We will get into the dis­patch in a moment, but we just…

History’s lessons on reforming the Access to Information Act in Canada

History’s lessons on reforming the Access to Information Act in Canada

The great Charles Dick­ens in his 1857 nov­el Lit­tle Dor­rit sat­i­rized how…

The Most Dangerous Canadian Internet Bill You’ve Never Heard Of Is a Step Closer to Becoming Law

The Most Dangerous Canadian Internet Bill You’ve Never Heard Of Is a Step Closer to Becoming Law

After years of bat­tles over Bills C‑11 and C‑18, few Cana­di­ans will have the appetite…

Ukraine, and the West, face a dark reckoning

Ukraine, and the West, face a dark reckoning

Well, you can’t say Volodymyr Zelen­skyy didn’t try. With a new U.S. aid pack­age…

Weekly Writ for Dec. 13: When it comes to Poilievre and Quebec, let's be realistic

Weekly Writ for Dec. 13: When it comes to Poilievre and Quebec, let's be realistic

There’s been a bit of chat­ter recent­ly about the Con­ser­v­a­tives’ polling gains…

"Safe supply" drugs are flooding communities: the evidence piles up

"Safe supply" drugs are flooding communities: the evidence piles up

New research from Ontario has yield­ed fur­ther evi­dence that Canada’s ​“safer sup­ply”…

No clear front runner as New Brunswick nears election year

No clear front runner as New Brunswick nears election year

Next year’s elec­tion in New Brunswick is look­ing like a real nail-biter, with both…

Léger: Conservatives making inroads in Quebec

Léger: Conservatives making inroads in Quebec

A new Que­bec-only Léger poll was released Wednes­day in Le Jour­nal de Mon­tréal, and…

Just do your job, Jyoti

Just do your job, Jyoti

I would invite my fine read­ers at The Line to stop and imag­ine what the world would be…

The Art of Digital Persuasion: Poilievre's Viral Strategy Unveiled

The Art of Digital Persuasion: Poilievre's Viral Strategy Unveiled

In this era where the dig­i­tal land­scape is as con­test­ed as the phys­i­cal, the art…

How to criticize Israel without sounding like a bigot

How to criticize Israel without sounding like a bigot

The left was tear­ing itself apart well before the ter­ror­ist attack on Israel by Hamas…

Weekly Writ for Dec. 6: When and where did the polls move?

Weekly Writ for Dec. 6: When and where did the polls move?

Look­ing at how fed­er­al polls have shift­ed in 2023, plus what’s changed in Ontario…

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