Northern Reflections: The Mighty Moron

For Donald Trump, everything is about trade. And trade is about war. The Trudeau government has had some experience with Trump on this file. Susan Delacourt writes: Canada does have a playbook for trade disputes with the United States, and Justin Trudeau’s government hauled it out to deal with Donald

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Northern Reflections: Cadet Bone Spurs

Donald Trump now refers to himself as a “wartime president.” That claim rings astonishingly hollow. Maureen Dowd writes: Donald Trump is trying to build a campaign message around his image as a wartime president. But as a commander in chief, Cadet Bone Spurs is bringing up the rear. “I would

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Northern Reflections: Back To The Centre

For the past thirty years, Canada has been decentralizing. The coronavirus has halted that trend. Our central government is now where the action is. John Ibbitson writes: Decades of decentralization have been reversed in a matter of weeks. Provincial governments are in desperate straits. Newfoundland and Labrador, the weakest of

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Northern Reflections: Trust

At a moment like this, Trust is the coin of the realm. Last week, the Trudeau government came close to destroying that trust. Robin Sears writes: The Trudeau government should probably be saying a quiet thank you to Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh for pulling them back from the brink

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Northern Reflections: The Denial Zombie

Paul Krugman has been writing lately about what he calls “zombie ideas.” Climate change denial is a zombie idea. So is pandemic denial.  Both are zombie cousins.  Both are rooted in disdain for expertise. Krugman writes: When you have a political movement almost entirely built around assertions that any expert

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Northern Reflections: COVID-19 In Australia

Brigid Delaney writes that COVID-19 is ravaging Australia: By Monday an estimated 88,000 people lost their jobs in the hospitality industry alone and tried to file for unemployment. The system crashed under the demand. Black Monday brought waves upon waves of frightening news (record job losses, NRL season over, Olympics

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Northern Reflections: Exhibit A

Watching Donald Trump and the Republican Party deal with the COVID-19 crisis provides us with a saga of profound and utter incompetence. Paul Krugman writes: First, let’s talk about the nature of the economic crisis we face. At the worst point in the 2007-2009 recession, America was losing around 800,000

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Northern Reflections: Remaking the World

The COVIG-19 pandemic is forcing the Trudeau the rebuild the Unemployment System we once had. Tom Walkom writes: In 1995, Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government effectively gutted what it by then was calling Employment Insurance, reducing payouts and making it much more difficult for the jobless to qualify for benefits. In

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