Northern Reflections: The Budget

There’s an election coming, so yesterday’s budget was aimed at that reality. But, Alan Freeman writes, even though there is a considerable amount of spending, it’s not very showy: What we got today was an unusual pre-election budget, with few shiny baubles and lots of measures that promise a lot

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Northern Reflections: What Are They?

It has been instructive to watch the flip-flops Ontario’s Conservatives have done on the subject of the sex-ed curriculum. Martin Regg Cohen writes: Behold the politics of pedagogy, where the Tories play footsie with fundamentalists who believe there is a biblical injunction against teaching children age-appropriate sex-ed updated for the

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Northern Reflections: What’s With Scheer?

That’s the question Andrew Coyne asks in his most recent column, which comes on the heels of Andrew Scheer’s statements on events in New Zealand: Responding to the horrific massacre of Muslims at prayer in New Zealand, the Conservative leader issued a statement Friday afternoon expressing his “profound condemnation of

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Northern Reflections: The Biker Mob

Donald Trump has warned his opponents that things could get tough for those who try to deny him a second term. Daniel Dale writes in The Toronto Star: U.S. President Donald Trump issued an extaordinary warning to political opponents on Monday, telling a right-wing website that “it would be very

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Northern Reflections: Back To Basics

Doug Ford  announced yesterday that education in Ontario is going back to the basics. Kristin Rushowy reports: While he wouldn’t commit to keeping class sizes at their current levels, he said “I think the people of this province will be quite thrilled when they see” his government’s education reforms, which

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Northern Reflections: The View From Quebec

Last week, my wife’s cousin in Montreal sent her a link in an e-mail. It was a column by Josh Freed, who writes for The Montreal Gazette. It reminded us of how different Quebec is from English Canada. Freed writes: Throughout English Canada, especially Ontario, most columnists, editorialists and letters-to-the-editor are

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Northern Reflections: A Promise Kept?

At the moment, we are consumed by the SNC-Lavalin Affair. But, Tom Walkom writes, a much more important problem is about to burst onto the political landscape: One of the more important political events last week was the reminder that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has committed itself to some form

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Northern Reflections: A Lucky Man

Paul Manafort got lucky yesterday. Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced him to four years less a month in jail. Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 19 to 24 years. But Ellis concluded that Manafort had led, “an otherwise blameless life.” Manafort’s record suggests otherwise. Matt Stieb writes: Far worse than those

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Northern Reflections: Criminal Law And Family Law

Susan Delacourt writes that the SNC-Lavalin Affairs illustrates the difference between criminal law and family law. Jody Raybould-Wilson and Gerald Butts told two different tales at the Justice Committee: Where Wilson-Raybould, a lawyer, presented a case, Butts, a non-lawyer and literature graduate, presented a story. Where the former justice minister

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Northern Reflections: Cohen’s View

I always enjoy Andrew Cohen take on things. Maybe that’s because he’s an ex-Montrealer. But he’s also a man of considerable political and international experience. This is what he writes about the SNC-Lavalin Affair: If the answer is clear, the cost is not. Wilson-Raybould had to leave a government that

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Northern Reflections: Basic Stupidity

One of the first things Doug Ford did when he came to office was to break a campaign promise and cancel Ontario’s Basic Income Project. Laurie Monsebraaten reports: Under the pilot project, launched by the former Liberal government in April 2017, single people such as Miller have been receiving annual

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Northern Reflections: A Teachable Moment

The waves generated by the SNC-Lavalin fiasco continue to rock the current government. But, beyond the moment, there are lessons for the future. Jaime Watt writes: Lisa Raitt, deputy leader of the opposition, asked Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday if this experience had left her with anything she thinks should be recommended

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