Federal Politics

In Election 2019, it’s Trudeau cynicism versus Scheer weakness

Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives accuse Justin Trudeau of political cynicism by injecting abortion, a hot issue in the United States, into this country’s election campaign.

Yes. It is true. Cynical, the Liberals are. But if you are prime minister, trailing in the polls (through no one’s fault but your own), and facing the distinct possibility of losing your job in October, you do whatever you have to do to take the mickey out of your opponents.

More nastiness in store as Parliament clears decks for election

The current session of Canada’s 42nd Parliament has been a nasty one. Members on both sides have invested more effort arguing over scandals, real or imagined, than they have debating measures that would benefit the people who sent them to Ottawa.

It is only going to get worse in the four weeks that remain before Parliament Hill shuts down for the summer. A mountain of legislation – some major, some minor, some as long as two years in the queue – is still waiting for approval by the Commons or the Senate.

On track to defeat, Liberals have to dump Wilson-Raybould and Philpott

“Can't anybody here play this game?” – Baseball savant Casey Stengel

Poor Casey suffered the misfortune of being the manager of the 1962 New York Mets, an expansion team with a 40-120 won-lost record and a label as the worst team in major league baseball history.

This is a stretch, I admit, but it seems to me that Stengel’s question – “Can’t anybody here play this game?” – could be asked of the 2019 version of the Liberal Party of Canada managed by Justin Trudeau.