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Blog Archive for April, 2010

April and genocide

Gerald Caplan

In Rwanda, Michaëlle Jean discovered the cruelest month sees survivors of three of the 20th century's worst atrocities commemorate the horror - but not necessarily together

Arizona burning

Andrew Steele

Fear, not crime, is driving the U.S. border state to enact draconian immigration laws

In praise of CBC

Norman Spector

A look at its Mulroney-Schreiber coverage reveals the broadcaster's bias, if any, is more than a question of partisanship

Bilingualism overreach

Norman Spector

Adopting the standard used in most of the public service would enhance the level of bilingualism at the Supreme Court while shutting out far fewer lawyers

Always check the mike

Andrew Steele

As Gordon Brown has shown, a hot microphone can be kryptonite to elected officials

In praise of process

Adam Radwanski

Ottawa may be too focused on politics over policy, but the Milliken ruling isn't a good example of that bias

PM begins to show his hand

Norman Spector

Within Stephen Harper's velvet glove of compromise lies an iron fist.

Speaker gives Stephen Harper a great opportunity

Tim Powers

The PM can again show leadership on the deep and difficult Afghanistan file

The first-past-the-post problem

Douglas Bell

Peter Milliken's mission is doomed so long as our system defeats collegiality at every turn

The Speaker is brave and right

Brian Topp

A strong advocate of democracy, Peter Milliken is standing up against autocracy and excessive executive power

Odds of an election have increased

Norman Spector

Tories will need support of one opposition party to prevail. Failing that, Canadians will be called upon to decide the issue

More mixed messages from Jason Kenney

Adam Radwanski

With George Galloway, it seems the Immigration Minister has again been less than forthcoming about what happens behind closed doors

British election reveals the new normal

Brian Topp

Over here and over there, this is probably what politics is going to look like

A Hare raising observation

Douglas Bell

The electorate getting it wrong is far better than voters doing what they're told

The most interesting politician in Canada

Robert Silver

Maxime Bernier's criticism of Quebec's budget suggests he has his eye on Charest's job, not Harper's

Senate saves Supreme Court?

Robert Silver

It's up to the unelected, illegitimate Red Chamber to rubber stamp - or soberly rethink - the bill calling for bilingual judges

Implosions help Ignatieff

Tim Powers

Were it not for scandals the misadventures of the Liberal Leader would be on display for all to see

The Frank Graves non-story

Adam Radwanski

A pollster has political views? Big surprise

The Jaffer syndrome

Douglas Bell

This latest scandal reflects Parliament's real problem: mediocrity

Afghanistan: end of a debacle

Gerald Caplan

Locals can always outwait foreigners, so the West will soon leave thousands of civilian casualties behind in a country it never understood to begin with

Dalton McGuinty pulls out

Tim Powers

Sex-ed reversal reveals a flaccid approach that calls into questions whether he has the stiffness a Premier requires

More Dr. Evil than Jack Abramoff

Bruce Anderson

Rahim Jaffer's dismal committee performance helps explain how he managed to lose a federal Tory seat in Alberta

CBC pollster/Liberal adviser?

Norman Spector

Even a poll skeptic such as myself was surprised

Gays as a 'special interest group with an agenda'

Robert Silver

Ontario Tories should cut Christian activist Charles McVety loose and have nothing to do with sex-ed protest

Sustaining a surge

Andrew Steele

If they can keep the spotlight on the warts of Britain's two major parties, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have a chance

Soft on crime has its perils

Robert Silver

A close look at the numbers shows that not even a majority of Conservative voters agree 'punishment' is key priority

Charest scrapes bottom

Norman Spector

Quebeckers rate Premier their worst in the past quarter century

The man with the golden arm

Andrew Steele

How one Australian blood donor has helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children

Party of no? Canadians say no thanks

Bruce Anderson

Having parties constantly at daggers drawn makes sense to some U.S. voters, but not to centrists here

Running in reverse

Andrew Steele

David Cameron's' hard right turn could undo his years-long effor to show he isn't Margaret Thatcher in a three-piece suit

The Governor-General does Africa - but why?

Gerald Caplan

A letter to Michaëlle Jean, whose trip is more about Stephen Harper's ambition to win a UN Security Council seat than anything else

Jedi mind-tricking the Canada Health Act away

Robert Silver

The debate is not off to a good start if we can't even agree on what the law is

Tories table non-abortion abortion legislation

Robert Silver

Rod Bruinooge's private member's bill is about politics, not protecting women

An affair to forget

Douglas Bell

Scandals like the Guergis-Jaffer affair are by nature so penny ante that the line between comedy and drama is a hair's width

PM on recession: I told you so?

Norman Spector

Statistics Canada finds downturn was 'less severe and shorter' here than in other G7 countries

Don't change horses midstream

Andrew Steele

Gordon Brown's latest ad is combines the two edges of the political argument into a coherent, compelling narrative

CRTC does the policy time warp again

Robert Silver

Aside from charging outrageous cell fees, how exactly do phone companies promote 'Canadian cultural and social values'?

Ottawa becomes Hollywood North

Tim Powers

Guergis and Jaffer send city starved for attention on epic bender

Memo to McDougall: Resign!

Douglas Bell

Another day, another Tory embarrassment on the world stage

Quebec's AG failed in his duties

Robert Silver

Marc Bellemare should have spoken up while he was in Jean Charest's cabinet

Jean Charest won't run again

The signs are unmistakable. Quebec's Liberals will change horses before the next election

Slow news day

Andrew Steele

Do Ontario's Liberals have a secret plan to hike the HST?

Time for another look at Toronto's options

Voters in Canada's biggest city face basic choices - and could do far worse than deputy mayor Joe Pantalone

Coalition redux

Douglas Bell

Liberals desperately need to find a way to connect with Canadians - and the NDP has more to offer in that regard than the Tories

Federal Liberals down; NDP up; Charest craters

Norman Spector

Dissatisfaction with the Charest government climbs to an unprecedented 77 per cent

The political class?

Bruce Anderson

Michael Ignatieff's response to Guergis scandal allows rivals to portray him as an elitist

Sideshow Helena

Adam Radwanski

In praise of understated reaction to Guergis's cabinet departure

Abousfian Abdelrazik lives in a prison without walls

Gerald Caplan

Ten months after he was finally allowed home, the Harper government's indifference to the Montrealer's plight demands attention

The Health Act is dead

Robert Silver

Quebec has killed it - even though no politician is willing to admit it

Hard choices in tight times

Andrew Steele

Why Tim Hudak is no Darrell Dexter when it comes to crafting policy

PM takes easy shot, Ignatieff misfires

Bruce Anderson

Slapping down Hamid Karzai was a no-brainer for Canadian leaders

The Bloc's identity crisis

Tim Powers

These days getting their pension is a greater priority for many of its MPs than a separate Quebec

Newfoundland separatist movement gets a boost

But Gilles Duceppe is in desperate need of a history lesson

The tax-and-cut NDP

Andrew Steele

Darrell Dexter's government isn't afraid to break formation with its federal and provincial flocks

Not a single additional Canadian death

Brian Topp

Take it from President Hamid Karzai - it is time to get out of Afghanistan.

Duceppe's mystery tour

Norman Spector

He may be surprised by what he learns travelling across Canada to gauge attitudes toward sovereignty

Rude boys

Douglas Bell

Like Gordon Brown's hard-man approach, expect Michael Ignatieff to get down and dirty in the House

Anarchy in the UK

Andrew Steele

Amid echoes of Canada in 2006, British politicians head out on the hustings

A bilingual Supreme Court

Robert Silver

Former top-court justice John Major comes down hard against NDP legislation, saying it would alienate the West and prevent the best candidates for the bench from even being considered

The great GG debate

Tim Powers

With Michaëlle Jean's term coming to a close, itsn't it about time for a viceroy from Newfoundland?

On values, retirement and free patriotism

Robert Silver

Why aren't Liberals fighting against the niqab ban? Should MPs be put to pasture to revitalize caucus? And why didn't they accept Olympic tickets?

Ignatieff's messaging woe

Bruce Anderson

'Holding our standard of living steady, and finding decent jobs' isn't exactly a brilliant bumper sticker for the Liberal cause

A GG must be bilingual and non-partisan?

Norman Spector

Ed Schreyer and Ray Hnatyshyn were non-bilingual former partisans

Dept. Of Journalism: Toronto Star

Dan Cook

Toronto Star: Rick Hansen rejects governor general job. Spokeswoman: No offer.

Hansen still a contender for GG (if there's a race)

Norman Spector

Rick Hansen's camp says there's been no offer, having not 'been given the opportunity to accept, decline or even consider' the job

Dark Ages redux

Douglas Bell

Crime stats are down across the board yet the opposition doesn't have the stones to vote against Draconian tough-on-crime legislation

The Canadians who embrace Ann Coulter

Gerald Caplan

Meet the merry band of 'free-speech' champions, Muslim-bashers and conservatives who brought the U.S. firebrand into our country

Blocking the Bloc

Norman Spector

Gilles Duceppe recognizes his separatist party's power to obstruct the business of Canada is about to be weakened

Kenney veers right on refugees?

Robert Silver

Blaming provincial welfare systems for refugee woes is a dubious canard and a big step backward on an otherwise successful file

To pander to Québec, or to protest?

Norman Spector

Ottawa paid a price for environmental criticism, so it will be telling to watch federal leaders react to Jean Charest's health tax