Worrying prognostications

Tom Mulcair, a pretty savvy politician I think we can all agree, says, in an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen, that “Anyone who entertained doubts that Justin Trudeau is doing everything he can to clear the runway for a spring election only had to look at events of last week to understand that he’s …

Wayne Easter is right

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, tell us that “Liberal MP Wayne Easter …[Malpeque, PEI] … who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien … and was, therefore, the minister] … in charge of Canada’s security agencies … [which means he might actually recognize threats to national security] … told …

Remember Daniel Jean?

Daniel Jean is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His biography, on the uOttawa website, tells us that “Daniel Jean served as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2016-18). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016) and Deputy …

To go or not to go?

So, I see, in Le Devoir that “A new factor is likely to complicate the electoral thinking of federal parties. The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, warns, in an interview with Le Devoir, that he will not submit his much-awaited report on Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the WE Charity affair in the …

Remember CD Howe?

Not many people, unless you’re my age or older, remember when CD Howe was in the news almost every day, even on the cover of Time magazine. Canada was on the move, Canada had emerged from the Second World War and from Korea as a leading middle power and we were growing by leaps and …

Interesting snapshot

I see an interesting poll, published this morning, by ABACUS Data; some highlights: Liberal support has fallen dramatically since December, but the gains have gone to the BQ and NDP, the Conservatives remain, essentially, flat ~ Prime Minister Trudeau’s negatives are, finally, starting to rise. Canadians seem, at last, to be recognizing that he is …

Real change?

Just two days ago I said that very recent polling from the Angus Reid Institute was bad news for Erin O’Toole. The polling data wasn’t exactly good news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: the polls put him in minority territory and his “negatives” were approaching 50%, but it was worse for Mr O’Toole. The one …

Confirmation bias

This post is an almost perfect example of confirmation bias. I agree, as I said yesterday, pretty much fully, with almost everything that Andrew MacDougall said in a recent article in Macleans’s magazine and I’m going to inflict his views, with my comments, on you, too. First: Derek Sloan finished fourth in a four-person party …

What MUST happen

So, three things caught my eye today: First was a very informative piece in Politico about who has the power to “make or break” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2021. Not surprisingly a lot of Liberal ministers are there, especially some, like Patty Hajdu and Anita Anand who are in the news for less than …