A twisted path brings the Cambridge Analytica scandal home to Canada

The links between Christopher Wylie, Victoria-based AggregateIQ and the Liberal Party of Canada must be probed

A twisted path brings the Cambridge Analytica scandal home to CanadaIt’s the biggest political scandal in the world. And it involves a bunch of Canadians. For some time, it’s been known that Vladimir Putin’s Russia and assorted other outlaw states, like North Korea, have been engaged in acts of cyber war against democracies around the globe. Long before special counsel Robert Mueller was hired to…

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward Liberals

In the wake of Christopher Wylie's revelations of personal information mined for political purposes, there will be damage enough for everyone

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward LiberalsIt almost seems kind of quaint. Back when the Conservative Party of Canada was running things, the commentariat were apoplectic about something called CIMS: the Constituent Information Management System. “Tory database draws ire of privacy experts,” went one CTV News headline. An “unethical invasion of Canadians' privacy,” thundered Conservative-turned-Liberal MP Garth Turner. It was “chilling,”…

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategy

Instead of going nuts with other people's money, Ontario's premier should be looking for a narrative to sell to voters

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategyThere are all kinds of clichés about how and why governments lose elections. That they defeat themselves. That they die by degrees. That they become the very thing they ‎once pledged to always oppose. Mostly, though, governments forget the plot. All of governing – all of the politics – is telling a story, every single day.…

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?

Ontario's premier has been brought back from the dead more than once. But her competitors now seem more legitimate and committed

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?For a while there, Kathleen Wynne looked like the luckiest politician alive. Just six weeks ago, as she surveyed the political landscape, this is what the Liberal premier of Ontario saw: Andrea Horwath's New Democrats had been in a witness protection program for months. And, when they were finally starting to show signs of life,…

The Trudeau train wreck

Trudeau's National Lampoon’s Indian Vacation was an embarrassment to Canada

The Trudeau train wreckDear Justin,  You don’t mind if we call you Justin, do you? In other circumstances, we’d call you prime minister, but – to be perfectly candid – your Indian family vacation wasn’t terribly prime ministerial. The complications arising from that trip continue to be felt, too. On Wednesday morning of last week – on what…

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to win

The Ontario PCs have a legitimate chance to form the next provincial government, despite Patrick Brown's distracting presence in the leadership race

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to winThe Patrick Clown Show continues to be the biggest political story in Canada – but the biggest provincial conservative party, the Ontario PCs, are still competitive. How come? The papers are brimming with stories about Patrick Brown. For instance: on Wednesday morning of last week, out of 13 provincial-politics-related clippings landing on staffers’ desks at…

10 steps to losing in the court of public opinion

How you can easily stumble in the world of politics, public relations and the law

10 steps to losing in the court of public opinionThere are lots of rules to remember about politics, public relations and the law. Here are 10: Don’t brag about hiring private investigators.  For example, in the middle of a #MeToo-type full-blown crisis, don’t have one of your people go on a radio program and say you’ve hired private detectives to do a “forensic” investigation.…

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Can Doug Ford win the Ontario PC race? Damn right he can

The former Toronto city councillor has shed his bombastic ways, is reaching out and stepping carefully. It could all add up to an Ontario PC leadership win

Can Doug Ford win the Ontario PC race? Damn right he canWhen I quit the Olivia Chow Toronto mayoral campaign in 2014 – because she’d not told the truth to the media, among other things – guess who was the first person to call me? Doug Ford. “Warren, old buddy,” said Doug Ford, brother of former Toronto mayor, the late Rob Ford. “We’ve had our differences…

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not done

Patrick Brown, Kent Hehr and more – the cultural shift has finally reached Canadian politics

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not doneThe Conservative MP shook his head. We were in a restaurant in Toronto, getting caught up. He’d just told me that a little-known federal Tory backbencher named Patrick Brown was going to seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership. I’d told him all I’d heard about Brown was that he “had a zipper problem.” The…

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtful

A story gets told, people instantly react, someone gets vilified. Sometimes they get destroyed. This time‎, the mob went after a mother who didn't deserve it

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtfulIn the social media era – in our mad rush to judgment – people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies in rubble, because some nameless, feckless young woman decided to punish him for what, in a…

Go ahead, shoot the messenger

The media bears some of the responsibility for Donald Trump even when we stand in defiance of him

Go ahead, shoot the messengerWho’s to blame? When the United States of America regains its sanity – when the political equivalent of the Nuremberg war crimes trial is convened – who will bear the blame for Donald Trump? Who’s responsible? There will be plenty of blame to go around: Russia, of course, for interfering in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,…

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanation

Joshua Boyle met with Justin Trudeau before Christmas. Now, with a photo making the rounds and Boyle facing charges, questions are being asked

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanationNot so long ago, I was in Vancouver at the same time as Jean Chretien. We decided to get together at a spot in Gastown. It was sunny and a truly beautiful day. Looking outside, Chretien suggested we go for a walk. So we left to take a walk – me, the former prime minister…

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017

From Trudeau to Scheer, from human piñata Morneau to lightweight Joly, from the Aga Khan to #MeToo

Best and worst political stories and personalities of 2017It’s a cliché, sure. It’s hackneyed and overdone, true. It has been done a million times, agreed. But it’s fun: the columnist’s year-end political winner/loser list! And, this year, regular readers got in on the act! But, however … just as I was typing this, a bombshell landed. The federal ethics commissioner ruled that Prime Minister…

#MeToo movement gains traction in Ottawa

Ottawa’s corridors of power have been buzzing about a coming bombshell. The revelations will bring a speedy end to many political careers

#MeToo movement gains traction in OttawaThat didn’t take long. Last week, I wondered why the #MeToo movement had yet to alight in Ottawa. Within days – and just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was about to take the stage at his annual Christmas party – TVA broke a major story: a senior staff person in Trudeau’s office was under investigation.…
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