News/Opinion

Gerald Butts was done in, at least partially, by the ethos of identity politics: Neil Macdonald

February 19, 2019

A good headline, like Varsol, cuts through the grease and varnish applied to any story by political or corporate message-crafters. So, my suggestion for the big political headline of the day: “Nothing Happened, So I’m Quitting” — Gerald Butts Now, Gerry Butts — until Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary — is a smart fellow. […]

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Conversations about abortion should include everyone — yes, even teenage boys

February 17, 2019

This is a response to a column published last month entitled: “Teenage boys should not be bused to a debate about women’s reproductive rights.” To read that column, click here.  Last month, Mary Rogan wrote a column for CBC’s Opinion page about the boys who were involved in an incident with an Indigenous elder in Washington. The teens were there on a […]

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The SNC-Lavalin affair offers the bingo of betrayed Liberal commitments: Robyn Urback

February 13, 2019

The destructive power of the SNC-Lavalin scandal — of which we appear to still be in the early stages — lies in its sheer comprehensiveness. It is not simply an indictment of the Liberals’ professed commitment to transparency. Or of the illusion of a shift away from Harper-era “self-serving” partisanship. Or of the Trudeau government’s prophetic waxing about […]

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I bribed the Libyans. It’s how things work in hopelessly corrupt countries: Neil Macdonald

February 12, 2019

At the risk of drawing the pitiless attention of Canada’s public prosecutor, I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have bribed foreign officials. Lots of foreign officials. In fact, I should probably stand in the same courtroom dock as SNC-Lavalin. The Quebec engineering firm is accused of having bribed Libyan officials in order […]

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Today, Canada decides to stand up for human rights in… *spins wheel* Venezuela: Neil Macdonald

February 5, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems most comfortable when he’s signalling virtue, or delivering Captain-Kirk-like lectures on peaceful coexistence and mutual respect. So our prime minister was in a happy place Monday, opening Ottawa meetings of the Lima Group, whose effective purpose is getting rid of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. As far as its members […]

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If you close your eyes and plug your ears, there’s nothing shady about the Raj Grewal affair: Robyn Urback

February 1, 2019

It is possible, theoretically, that the cryptic, confusing, rather odiously smelling Raj Grewal affair is, still, somehow, a kosher one. That the now-independent MP for Brampton East managed to both fuel and pay off millions of dollars in gambling debts only through loans from friends and family. That he has repaid what he owed and […]

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Quebec nationalism could once claim to be colour- and country-blind. Not anymore

January 29, 2019

Quebec’s nationalist movement, we’re often assured, doesn’t see skin tone or care from where you hail. It wants only to hear you speak French. “[A]ssociating Quebec nationalism with race is a mistake. Quebecers/French Canadians have never identified themselves by the colour of their skin,” wrote former Stephen Harper press secretary Carl Vallée on Twitter last […]

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Physicians in Canada should be moral actors, not robotic bureaucrats

January 26, 2019

Earlier this week, Ontario’s highest court heard a case that pits access to health care against the moral convictions of doctors. The case essentially tests the extent to which Canadians can follow their own moral compasses while operating in a professional capacity. In Ontario, doctors can refuse to perform procedures or prescribe drugs that they consider […]

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Donald Trump is the best president the left has ever had: Neil Macdonald

January 24, 2019

From fiscal policy, to trade, to war — when you look at what Trump has actually done, he’s the most left-wing president the U.S. has ever seen.

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Rush to judgment on Covington school standoff should be a wake-up call for media: Robyn Urback

January 21, 2019

The viral video of the standoff between Covington Catholic High School students and Indigenous Americans ought to be one hell of a wake-up call. It should rattle every journalist. Many of the people who are supposed to be fact-finders — skeptical investigators — accepted the narrative that a group of teen boys in MAGA hats […]

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