News/Opinion

Alberta’s rage has rendered Jason Kenney near-bulletproof

April 12, 2019

On November 10, 2013, Mark Smith took to the lectern at the Calvary Baptist Church in Drayton Valley, about 130 kilometres southwest of Edmonton. Speaking in a plaintive, slightly reedy voice, Smith denounced unnamed “TV programs trying to tell you that homosexuality and homosexual love is good love,” before casually suggesting such love is akin […]

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Changing Canada’s asylum laws is nothing but a crass political calculation by Trudeau: Robyn Urback

April 11, 2019

The Liberal caucus would have had a collective aneurysm just few months ago if a senior political opponent had talked about “asylum-shopping” when referring to refugees who cross illegally into Canada. The implication, they’d cry, is that those risking their lives to seek refuge in Canada are simply economic migrants — not families desperate to […]

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SNC-Lavalin has helped smother an issue far scarier to the Liberals — the carbon tax: Neil Macdonald

April 9, 2019

So word among Liberals in Ottawa is that Katie Telford is counselling steady on, please remain continent, everyone, no need for big drastic action, this too shall pass, onward. To a lot of them, that’s not reassuring coming from the prime minister’s chief of staff. Justin Trudeau has been hammered constantly since early February; he […]

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Women are an afterthought in legislatures around the country. That needs to change

April 6, 2019

Last week, women working in the B.C. legislature won the right to bare arms — that is, to wear sleeveless attire — after publicly rejecting orders from legislature staff to cover up. It was a win for reporters and political staffers, but one that’s geographically limited — nothing has changed within the walls of New […]

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Report on devastating Canadian climate change a far bigger issue than Jody Wilson-Raybould: Neil Macdonald

April 1, 2019

Government scientists have produced a new report on climate change in Canada, and it’s beyond grim. The details trigger thoughts of hoarding and maybe selling the house and moving to higher ground. To a millennial, the findings should inspire naked fear. Among other things, the report, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday, says: And, says […]

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Wilson-Raybould’s intentions might not be completely righteous. And?: Robyn Urback

April 1, 2019

Let’s assume for a moment, since many have already, that Jody Wilson-Raybould’s actions as they relate to the SNC-Lavalin saga have indeed been driven by a toxic combination of malevolence and self-importance. Take the position that she — either spurned by the Prime Minister’s Office or motivated by her own pursuit of power and notoriety […]

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Manitoba’s health minister avoids accountability on abortion by punting questions to another ministry

March 29, 2019

Manitoba is an outlier among most Canadian provinces. If you ask its health minister, Cameron Friesen, a question about abortion — say, about the abortion drug Mifegymiso — he’ll brush you off and tell you to take it up with Status of Women Minister Rochelle Squires. She is the government spokesperson on the file, even […]

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Reporters are ‘used’ all the time. That’s the way it works: Neil Macdonald

March 27, 2019

Glen McGregor and Joan Bryden were no doubt faintly amused this week to discover they were merely puppets, their typing fingers attached to strings being jerked by venal operatives within the Prime Minister’s Office. McGregor is CTV’s senior political reporter. Bryden is the equivalent at The Canadian Press. Both of them have worked on the […]

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Psychiatrists don’t know all. Sometimes, they need to defer to patients’ lived experiences

March 27, 2019

As a psychiatrist, I bear witness to a broken system. Mental health care is chronically underfunded, and encounters between patients and psychiatrists are becoming shorter, more sterile, and dehumanized. When Canadians seek support for their mental health, they are not always welcomed with open arms. Often they are stigmatized, and almost always they are made […]

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At this point, the Philpott/Wilson-Raybould end game is obvious — destroy Trudeau: Neil Macdonald

March 25, 2019

Perhaps Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are acting entirely on principle, laying their bodies across the tracks to protect our democracy and rule of law. Perhaps. That’s their story, anyway. And it’s a good one, too, no denying that. A politician cannot buy the kind of hagiography Philpott has enjoyed since she quit Justin Trudeau’s […]

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