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Harper’s government of waning hope

On Sunday, to mark the fifth anniversary of his reign, Stephen Harper said that his Conservative government has governed on “hope”. Surely, Mr. Harper must be kidding? Or does he just think that…read more

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The Michael Ignatieff I know

The latest Conservative attack ads are a ridiculous caricature of the man I know.

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Does the national interest even interest Stephen Harper?

The government of Stephen Harper has been terribly adept at defying the elementary laws of basic physics and turning it into a fine art: sucking and blowing at

Sponsorship scandal: time to exorcise the demons

For years, there’s been an elephant in the room of the Liberal Party of Canada. It’s called the Sponsorship Scandal. Ten years and two major election defeats

Not in Canada

The assassination attempt on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the tragedy of the Arizona massacre is prompting soul-searching among the US political and pundit class about how

Ignatieff: a better breed

The vast majority of us are first and foremost proud Canadians. At election time most of us make up our minds based on what we think

Canada doesn’t have to be a “productivity laggard”

The seminal economic issue of our age is our national productivity. Nothing has a greater impact on our standard of living and quality of life. Yet political leaders

Don’t be duped. The Conservatives are not good for the economy.

An online poll released today by Ipsos Reid says that the Harper Conservatives continue to be viewed by people as “competent managers of the economy.”

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Stephen Harper is the gift that keeps on giving

To call Stephen Harper a flip-flopper is an insult and affront to civilization’s great flip-floppers. He plays the Canadian people like Yo-Yo Ma plays his Stradivarius.

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What Canada can learn from America’s problems

I recently came across a powerful presentation on coping with the problems facing the United States by the widely respected Daniel Yankelovich. For 30 years he has been

Stephen Harper treats Canadians like imbeciles

In the recent issue of Inroads Journal, political scientist  Reg Whitaker  compared the minority government that Lester Pearson led to that of Stephen Harper. He said:

Why Canada can’t afford Stephen Harper

It’s a good time to debunk the biggest Stephen Harper myth there is: “We are good economic managers”. Repeating a lie does not make it true.

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Strengthening Canadian health care

Three distinct and unrelated groups made important public statements today about the Canadian health care system. All of them represent a meaningful effort at stimulating a thoughtful

Enough is enough

Time to really be tough on crime, not just talk about it.

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Moving oil across B.C. to thirsty foreign markets

Last week, the House of Commons passed a non-binding motion that calls for a legislative ban on all tanker traffic off British Columbia’s ecologically sensitive north

The lessons of John Humphrey

Tomorrow is Human Rights Day. The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of

Public service is a privilege

Let's restore civility to conversations about the future of our country.

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Remembering the lessons of Polytechnique

Twenty one years ago today, I was studying at McGill University. On that day I vividly recall twenty or so of us watching Radio Canada’s

Facts catch up to smoke and mirrors

Statistics Canada released its quarterly jobs report today. The underlying story is one of overall weakness in Canada's labour force. The unemployment rate fell three-tenths

Walking and chewing gum at the same time

In a speech in Toronto yesterday, Bob Rae, the Liberal party of Canada’s foreign affairs critic, ripped into Stephen Harper’s foreign policy as simplistic and

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