Justin Trudeau

“I have an $8,000 oak living room set none of my kids want so I’m selling it. A Paki came by and offered me ninety bucks.” This was said to me this morning by an old guy in the neighbourhood who sold his house and is moving out of the area. He’s been having garage sales to unload a lot of the stuff he’s accumulated over the years. I pass his house every day while walking Charlie and I often stop and shoot the breeze with him. Usually casual banter, nothing terribly important. I was taken aback. “Who came by?” I asked. “An East IndianRead More →

The summer is coming along slowly. Baseball season is only three days old and already the Blue Jays have won 66.666 per cent of their games. Over in England Theresa May lost a third attempt to get her disastrous Brexit deal approved. She might go for a fourth try soon. The margins of defeat keep getting smaller, convincing her that even if it takes another dozen votes she’s bound to win sooner or later. In Ottawa, Jody Wilson-Raybould unloaded the rest of her evidence implicating the Prime Minister in an attempt to subvert the judicial process. The SNC-Lavalin affair has settled comfortably into a backRead More →

Happy International Women’s Day, friends, readers and subscribers. Over the past month we’ve seen how two strong and determined women can shake up the government. It’s been a treat to watch how Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and Jane Philpott, the former Treasury Board President, broke open a can of worms that grabbed the attention of the Prime Minister, his principal secretary, and the highest-ranking civil servant in the land. Good for them. It’s not often we get to look behind the curtain and see how government really works. Justin Trudeau didn’t do himself any favours in his press conference yesterdayRead More →

It’s the stuff that feeds cynicism. If it does nothing else, it reinforces a notion we hold to be true. Whether it is or isn’t doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that we believe it to be so. Politicians are by nature crooked liars. Want evidence? Then look no further than Washington, London and Ottawa. All three cities house governments led by powerful politicians who will twist facts, distort truths, and manipulate people to get what they want. It’s all in the interest of keeping their own brand in power. Washington. We have known for years that Donald Trump is a man withoutRead More →