O’Toole handled his first election pitfall quickly and effectively

He pivoted back to the ineffective Liberal plan against gun violence and moved forward

O’Toole handled his first election pitfall quickly and effectivelyMost political parties face a few potential pitfalls during an election campaign. It seems rather obvious on the surface, right? Yet it’s astonishing how many parties and leaders are completely unprepared for what the march of history has repeatedly warned them to watch, learn and avoid. This year’s federal election has already witnessed a few…

Oil industry not dead yet despite disruptions

But a true recovery in oil prices will require an economic recovery, whose timing remains unclear

Oil industry not dead yet despite disruptionsWhile there’s certainly carnage and woe in the oil and natural gas sectors at the moment, reports of the death of the industry are exaggerated. Many climate change activists and their sympathizers have been cheered by the dramatic drop in oil prices that coincided with, and were partly caused by, the COVID-19 pandemic. Prominent among…

Why May, Blanchet are dead wrong about oil’s future

Stores will open again, cars and trucks will begin to run and planes will fly. Our lives will continue – and life takes energy

Why May, Blanchet are dead wrong about oil’s futureFederal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May recently said “oil is dead” and her “heart bleeds for people who believe the sector is going to come back.” It’s foolish to assert “oil is dead” at any time, but it’s particularly ignorant to say it in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. Canadians are relying on…

Exploding myths about energy subsidies in Canada

Despite claims by some that ‘oil is dead’ and that the sector is heavily subsidized, the evidence suggests otherwise

Exploding myths about energy subsidies in CanadaBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre In the ongoing debate over whether Canada’s oil and natural gas industry will or should survive, one argument often advanced is the notion that oil and gas activity in Canada survives only due to massive subsidies from taxpayers. The debate has been fuelled recently by comments from…

Jenica Atwin is a nobody, and that’s fantastic

Jenica Atwin is a nobody, and that’s fantasticWho is Jenica Atwin and why should election-afflicted Atlantic Canadians – indeed, any Canadian in the morning after – care? The answer to the first part of that question is straightforward: She’s the political candidate who defeated her more seasoned Liberal and Conservative rivals to become the first Green Party of Canada member of Parliament…

The most ridiculous campaign in our political history

Canadians have witnessed major scandals, offensive remarks, daily mud-slinging and policy proposals with big, shiny numbers that are wasteful enough to make adults cry

The most ridiculous campaign in our political historyThe federal election has just passed the halfway mark and many Canadians can’t wait until it’s over. This isn’t related to the usual malaise and frustration we see and hear during election season. Rather, it has everything to do with the fact this has been the most ridiculous political campaign in Canadian history. Where to…

How the leading parties will confront global warming

The Greens offer the most comprehensive plan. But it, like all the other platforms, is significantly shortly on details about costs

How the leading parties will confront global warmingDuring this federal election campaign, my youngest grandchild turned three months old and I had my 79th birthday. What can I hope for our futures? I cast my first vote for John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservatives before most of today’s voters were born and steadily migrated through the ideological spectrum. I worked in Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal…

What’s for dinner this campaign season?

Democracy is not something that merely happens in the natural course of events. And it’s not an unsavoury meal you push away from

What’s for dinner this campaign season?So begins the quadrennial Canadian season of sound with no substance, rhetoric with no relevance and promises with no perspective. In other words, dear reader, it’s election time. But wait, you cleverly elucidate, elections don’t manufacture vapid, gormless, pontificators; politicians are always with us, like potholes. Agreed: No, they don’t; and yes, they are. The…

Green Party turns to political ‘prince of darkness’

Warren Kinsella could end up being the Green Party’s most important political acquisition

Green Party turns to political ‘prince of darkness’When the Globe and Mail’s Robert Fife tweeted last week that longtime Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella would advise Elizabeth May and the federal Green Party in the fall election, it surprised some Canadians. Kinsella’s disappointment with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t a big secret. He’s not been impressed with his leadership, policy positions and public…

When did green become the new orange in Canadian politics?

So, Green Party, you want to build a kinder, gentler corner of the world? How? What, exactly, do you have in mind?

When did green become the new orange in Canadian politics?It wasn’t too long ago the only viable alternative to the Grit and Tory machines in Atlantic Canada was the New Democratic Party. You remember them? They used to come knocking round your front door every election cycle – their game faces plastered on with the permanent ink of utter conviction – offering voters newer,…

When did green become the new orange in Canadian politics?

So, Green Party, you want to build a kinder, gentler corner of the world? How? What, exactly, do you have in mind?

When did green become the new orange in Canadian politics?It wasn’t too long ago the only viable alternative to the Grit and Tory machines in Atlantic Canada was the New Democratic Party. You remember them? They used to come knocking round your front door every election cycle – their game faces plastered on with the permanent ink of utter conviction – offering voters newer,…

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott independent in politics and beliefs

They apparently still believe in the Liberal Party but not its PM. So they may be biding their time until Trudeau is gone

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott independent in politics and beliefsThey’re running as … independents. That’s what former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott told the nation on Monday during separate press conferences in their respective ridings. When their media releases were sent out on Friday, most political commentators believed they were joining Elizabeth May and the Green Party. (Last month, I predicted…

If P.E.I. goes Green, Trudeau could be singing the blues

Canadians are gradually accepting Green politicians as worthy of support. That will drain yet more support from the federal Liberals

If P.E.I. goes Green, Trudeau could be singing the bluesVoters in Prince Edward Island choose a new government today. They could end up making history in provincial politics and lead to a potential realignment on the federal scene. P.E.I. has only had Liberal and Conservative governments since it joined Confederation in 1873. Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan was consistently ahead in popular support from 2015,…