Much of the energy at the federal level these days is being directed not so much at constructing the future as it is at deconstructing the past – that is, in dismantling the legacy of Stephen Harper.
The problem with majority governments is that political parties that are fortunate enough to have a majority tend to assume they have a mandate to do pretty much whatever they wish. When a majority of seats is combined with high popularity in the opinion polls – as is the case with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals – self-confidence can easily become high-handedness and arrogance.
If I believed in conspiracy theories, I could make a case that Donald Trump's American presidential candidacy was part of a conspiracy to damage the Republican Party.
The problem isn't simply that many expect him to lose the presidential election, some recent polls notwithstanding, but rather there is concern that race will adversely affect down-ballot contests.
Federal Conservatives will assemble in Vancouver next week in their first national convention since they fell from grace last fall and, according the hype on the party's website, "It promises to be one of the most exciting and closely watched conventions in our party's history — you won't want to miss it!"
What a difference a year makes! Both Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau can attest to that.
A year ago last week, Notley took over as premier of Alberta. She had come from nowhere, from leader of a four-member caucus to head of a majority New Democratic government in a province that had been governed by Tories for 44 unbroken years.
The socialists in power in Edmonton? Don't be ridiculous!
Can Justin Trudeau prevent Patrick Brown from becoming the next premier of Ontario?
This may seem like an odd question, but bear with me for a moment.
Let’s turn the clock back three years, to April 2013 when Trudeau was elected national leader of Liberal party. One of his earliest and most enthusiastic supporters was the new Liberal leader in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, who had been sworn in as premier just two months earlier.
Last night my wife and I attended the annual Donner Prize Dinner for the best book pubilshed that year on Canadian public policy. My co-authored book with Tom Flanagan and Andre Le Dressay was shortlisted many years ago and ever since, we've been invited to the dinner.
It's actually a pretty fun event. Great appetizers. Excellent dinners. An an open bar. Usually interesting dinner mates (this time we were seated with Carolyn Tuohy, Chad Gadfield, and my most excellent colleague, Andy Sancton). Talk about an academics' dream (we dream small)!
Nunavut is considering changing one of the most basic facts of economic life for its households and businesses by allowing them to buy the land their homes and buildings sit on.
A few questions. Would it not be the appropriate, and decent, thing for the Right Honourable Member for Calgary Heritage – that would be Stephen Harper – to offer an apology to the Honourable Senator from Cavendish, P.E.I.? That would be Mike Duffy. Let’s make it a profuse apology.