Trump’s penchant for digging ‘s—holes’

The straw that broke the orange-haired camel’s back? Or just another example of intemperate behaviour and the fact he has no filter?

Trump’s penchant for digging ‘s—holes’Columnists are rarely presented with situations to freely use a crude word or term without worrying about an editor’s dreaded red pen. Hence, I’m going to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! What’s this in reference to? U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged use of the derogatory phrase “shithole countries” to describe some Central American…

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?

No political spin doctor or Liberal-friendly talking head can ever make Trudeau’s inexplicable meeting with the Boyle family go away

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?Joshua Boyle’s story has never smelled right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior advisers surely knew this, so it boggles the mind why they proceeded with a meeting with the former Afghanistan hostage. The son of a federal tax court judge, Boyle grew up in Breslau, Ont. He graduated from the University of Waterloo…

Altered reality: why legalizing pot remains hazy

The Liberal strategy faces a Senate roadblock, questions about police preparedness and concerns that the provinces won't be ready by July 1

Altered reality: why legalizing pot remains hazyHappy New Year, everyone! It’s time to remove the thick layer of dust off the crystal ball and predict what Canadians will witness in 2018. Besides some obvious choices – more mind-blowing tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continuing to stumble after every fifth word or so – the issue that could…

Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challenge

Aside from the fickleness of the modern voter, the Liberals have done a superb job in starting to dig their political graves

Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challengeAfter a wonderful and relaxing Christmas, my thoughts turn to politics (as they often do). In particular, why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will find 2018 to be just as challenging as 2017. The PM’s political honeymoon pretty much ended late this year, and many Canadians are considering political alternatives. We shouldn’t be surprised: aside from…

Don’t be so quick to take offense

A bad joke or inappropriate comment is often just that: a bad joke or inappropriate comment. Calm down, and carry on

Don’t be so quick to take offenseMy old friend and colleague, Postmedia columnist Lorrie Goldstein, recently tweeted out, “The ‘new racism’? Apparently it’s something called ‘microaggressions.’” More specifically, it relates to “racial microaggressions,” a term coined by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in the 1970s. It was reintroduced by Columbia University psychologist Derald Wing Sue several years ago, after he and an…

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in Canada

The MLS champions have put the spotlight on the 'beautiful game' like never before in this country

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in CanadaIt wasn’t long ago that Toronto FC was regarded as one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer history. Now, they’re at the pinnacle of success – and in a unique position to permanently transform soccer’s reputation in Canada. On Saturday, Toronto FC (Football Club) won the MLS Cup by beating Seattle Sounders 2-0…

When speech isn’t free, society pays a high price

A recent incident at the University provides a glimpse of what the future may hold for Canadian post-secondary education – and it ain’t pretty

When speech isn’t free, society pays a high priceAt one time, universities respected free speech and the exchange of different ideas. Intellectual discourse and thought-provoking debates were viewed as healthy, vibrant and treasured. Unfortunately, speech isn’t nearly as free on today’s university campuses. Intolerance of opposing philosophies, and hurt feelings among the hordes of special interest groups, have come to define modern institutions…

People’s Guarantee puts Brown on the road to election success

The Ontario Progressive Conservative leader has released a map for his election campaign that dovetails with broadly-held principles

People’s Guarantee puts Brown on the road to election successIn October, I helped end the long-running discussion of who Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is. A month later, Brown has helped end the long-running discussion of what he stands for. Last weekend’s Progressive Conservative policy convention in Toronto was highlighted by the release of a 78-page document entitled the People’s Guarantee. Designed like a…

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?

Canada and Cuba already have an established trade relationship, as do Mexico and Cuba, and Canada and Mexico

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?It’s no secret that the North American Free Trade Agreement’s future is in jeopardy. But if NAFTA collapses, what will Ottawa do next? NAFTA is in trouble largely due to U.S. President Donald Trump, who once called it the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” And Trump’s America First plan, rooted in economic nationalism,…

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap dance

Was the prime minister simply late to a critical meeting on the trade deal or did he attempt to sabotage it?

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap danceDid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intend to cause an international incident? That’s what many columnists and pundits are still trying to figure out after our national leader’s confusing absence, and sudden reappearance, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Let’s go back a few steps. Trudeau was in Danang, Vietnam, last week to meet with…
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