Because it’s 2016? Bardish Chagger becomes government house leader

The appointment of Bardish Chagger, the MP for Waterloo, as “Government Leader in the House of Commons” (to give the post its formal name), comes as a surprise.

There has never been a woman in that job since Mackenzie King created it during the Second World War – not that there is any reason for it not to be a woman. Just as there is no reason for not having a female Minister of Finance, but there has never been one of those either.

U.S. presidential cake is likely baked

This U.S. presidential election year was eminently winnable for the Republicans.

Indeed, if one follows the longer-than-six-decade pattern since the Eisenhower administration, with only one exception the Republican and Democratic parties have effectively alternated eight-year terms in power, making this the Republicans' turn.

Are the Liberals taking Atlantic Canada for granted?

For better or worse, Atlantic Canada has put all of its political eggs in one basket – the Liberal basket.

All four provinces have Liberal governments, and last October the region gave all 32 of its Commons seat to Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals. After years of feeling ignored by the Harper Conservatives, the region’s ardent embrace of the Liberals is understandable.

Compromise is key to changing U.S. politics

One of the central themes of this U.S. election year is the widespread desire for change in the political system.

Public opinion polls suggest that some 70 per cent of Americans support this view, and it helps to explain the rise in the unconventional candidacies of both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who tried to win the Democrats' presidential nomination.