Northern Reflections: Getting Nasty

If you were wondering how Doug Ford is faring, a new poll has some answers. Kristin Rushowy reports in The Toronto Star that: The patronage scandal that continues to batter the premier’s office has hit home for voters, with almost 60 per cent believing the Ford government is corrupt and

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Northern Reflections: Embracing Pessimism

The British, David Olusoga writes, are reflexively optimistic. But, as Britain hurtles to a messy Brexit, he argues that it’s time to embrace pessimism: Brexit, the rise of populism and the constitutional crisis in which we are still utterly ensnared – despite the passing distraction of the Tory leadership circus

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Northern Reflections: The Iceberg

Andrew Scheer hopes — desperately — that Doug Ford will keep his mouth shut. But that’s something Ford just can’t do. Consider Ford’s proclamations over the last week. Adam Radwanski writes: First, while in Calgary, the Ontario Premier accused the Prime Minister of not co-operating with the provinces, slammed federal

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Northern Reflections: Not So Fast

Yesterday, I wrote a post which argued that Ontarians have rejected the right wing populism of Doug Ford. Today, in The Toronto Star, Frank Graves and Michael Valpy write that conclusion is premature. Canada’s institutional and media elites don’t understand what’s going on in the rest of the world: They

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Northern Reflections: Cruelty And Corruption

The Trump Administration stands for two things — cruelty and corruption.  What is happening on the southern border of the United States makes this abundantly clear. Paul Krugman writes: Privatization of public services — having them delivered by contractors rather than government employees — took off during the 1980s. It

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Northern Reflections: Mean, Nasty People

If you think Donald Trump is the only leader who is hellbent on investigating his opponents, think again. It’s happening here, too. An editorial in The Globe and Mail focuses on Jason Kenney’s and Doug Ford’s obsession with their political opponents: It’s long been Mr. Kenney’s contention that opposition to the

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Northern Reflections: A Fool With A Purpose

In a recent interview in Truthout, Noam Chomsky declared that Donald Trump is history repeating itself as farce. Jacob Sugerman writes: Even for Donald Trump, the remarks were almost staggering in their density. Last month, in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Western

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Northern Reflections: A Hollow Man

Donald Trump’s whole life has been all about self aggrandizement. But yesterday — standing before that gigantic statue of Abraham Lincoln — Trump looked like a midget. Eugene Robinson writes: President Trump chose the wrong backdrop for his attempt to make Independence Day all about himself. Standing beneath the majestic

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Northern Reflections: We’ve Been Here Before

Tom Walkom writes that the fight over the carbon tax echoes the furor over the metrification of Canada: Nearly five decades ago, discontented Tories targeted another Trudeau government on another issue that galvanized their resentment against global intrusions and institutions: Lest we forget, anti-metric madness gripped the country in the

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Northern Reflections: No Time For Folly

Robert Reich asks his readers to perform a thought experiment: The tyrant and the oligarchy have convinced many voters the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isn’t because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and overwhelmed the government with its money. It’s because the country has

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