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David Martin

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David Martin is a lawyer by training and a retired federal public servant. He is now a full-time writer of short humour and political satire and from 2010 to 2012 had a bi-weekly humour column in The Ottawa Citizen. Dave has been writing op-ed pieces and humorous essays for more than 25 years and his work has appeared on the op-ed pages of most major North American daily newspapers. He is also the author of My Friend W, a collection of his political satire published in 2005 by Arriviste Press, Dare to be Average, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2010 by Lulu.com and Screams & Whispers, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2013 by CreateSpace. His most recent collection of political satire is entitled King Donald I and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

Should There Be An Age Limit For President?

Numerous commentators are obsessed with the question of what to do about the train wreck that is President Donald Trump. Today's equivalent of the medieval question of how many angels can dance on the...
06/20/2017 03:36 EDT
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America Had A Pretty Good Run, Didn't It?

I hate to be impolite but it looks like your new president is a bit of a clown and your government is in disarray. Something's got to give and, with July 4th just around the corner, I've got a modest proposal that you might want to consider. Hear me out. Love, Canada.
06/09/2017 02:34 EDT
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Donald Trump's No Autocrat, Right?

As Donald Trump's presidency progresses, more and more commentators are starting to label him an autocrat. Despite my concerns about the man, I think such criticism is a tad harsh and uncalled for. After all, we have yet to see American soldiers goose-stepping on parade before a uniformed President Trump. And so far I haven't heard any reports of blatant imperialistic invasions of Canada or Mexico.
04/17/2017 05:53 EDT
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Will Your Tax Return Be Paper Or Electronic?

I'm no friend of the Canada Revenue Agency but it's not for the reason you might think. After all, for fifty years I have faithfully filed an annual income tax return and paid whatever I owed. Although I'm not thrilled about paying taxes, I do so willingly, recognizing that it is my patriotic duty to contribute to the commonwealth.
04/10/2017 04:08 EDT
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Why TD Bank Is Losing Me As A Customer After 30 Years

Unlike the Big Five, Canada Trust made every effort to make banking convenient for its customers. Their branches opened early and often stayed open well into the evening hours. Plus they were open Saturdays. Now, cracks are starting to appear in the solid, customer-friendly edifice that once was TD Canada Trust.
03/17/2017 11:00 EDT
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America's Shameful Treatment Of Syrian Refugees

Last year, Canada took in some 39,000 Syrian refugees and Canadian cities from coast to coast have made great efforts to help them adapt and assimilate. The U.S., on the other hand, let in a grand total of roughly 13,000 refugees, an embarrassing number given our population is only a tenth of theirs.
03/10/2017 01:20 EST
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Kevin O'Leary Is Donald Trump's Mirror Image

As happened with Trump before and just after announcing his candidacy to be the Republican nominee, O'Leary's early musings about a possible run met with much laughter and derision. After all, how could someone who makes outrageous statements and has never held political office aspire to be the prime minister of Canada? Well, thanks to 63 million Trump voters, fewer Canadians are laughing at the possibility of Kevin O'Leary leading the Conservative Party and even one day becoming prime minister.
01/20/2017 05:05 EST
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America Is Drunk At The Wheel

It used to be that the United States had a national purpose and a sense of community. For years, America had a commitment to common social goals as evidenced by Roosevelt's New Deal, Kennedy's New Frontier and Johnson's Great Society. That now seems a distant memory. After the Reagan-Bush years came Bill Clinton and another decade of selfishness and corporate greed. Although the books were eventually balanced, it was at the expense of the neediest as the gap between the haves and the have-nots widened into a chasm.
11/30/2016 06:03 EST
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Dear Middle America, Why Did You Elect Trump?

From my Trump-free perch up here in Canada, I'm tired of watching you Middle Americans repeatedly vote against your own self-interest. You've been doing it for decades and now you've taken it to the most ludicrous and dangerous level: the election of Donald Trump as your next president.
11/11/2016 03:25 EST
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Who's To Blame For This Mess?

By pushing further and further to the right, the Republican leadership laid the groundwork for a blustering, racist, sexist demagogue to win the nomination. And in doing so, they undermined the possibility of finding a reasonable, moderate candidate within their own ranks. When every Republican candidate has to swear fealty to a rightwing credo, is it really surprising that this year's field of presidential wannabes was so pathetically weak?
11/08/2016 07:47 EST
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We're The International Rifle Association And We Love Our WMDs

That's why we recommend that this matter be taken to the United Nations and urge them to pass a resolution modeled on the Second Amendment as in: "The national right to keep and bear weapons of any kind shall not be infringed." Once we're all armed to the teeth, peace can reign throughout the world. At least that's the plan.
10/07/2016 11:47 EDT
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The Media Is To Blame For Donald Trump's Success

For the most part, media outlets have given Mr. Trump a free ride. Trump's outrageous statements and positions have not only failed to disqualify him from the race, they have actually increased his profile and popularity. Instead of forcefully challenging Trump on each and every one of his lies and exaggerations, the media have simply winked and given him a pass.
09/28/2016 04:21 EDT