The economy. Justin Trudeau. Free speech. His deceased mother. ISIS. On every subject, no matter how sad or serious, Andrew Scheer would smirk. It was, well, weird. His rictus was so off-putting, we started to forget what he was actually saying. Which, for him, was pretty fortunate.
If you consult your nearest thesaurus for things that are synonymous with "boring," like I did, you will find no shortage of words that fit. You might even see the shiny faces of the assembled 13 candidates, smiling up at you.
05/26/2017 06:37 EDT
I hereby and herewith, ipso facto, predict Trudeau is going to be facing off in 2018 with two guys who have the very positives that propelled Trudeau himself to power in 2015. The two angry old guys he defeated in that contest are gone, baby, gone.
05/16/2017 12:10 EDT
Donald Trump is a liar, a criminal, and a danger to all of us. Everyone who is sane knows that. He attacks press freedom. He has used the undocumented workers he maligns. He lies about his wealth, which is why he doesn't release his tax returns. He hires anti-Semites. He steals. He discriminates against blacks in housing.
05/15/2017 12:22 EDT
The Gord Campbell-led Liberals had substantially more votes than our principal opponent, the B.C. New Democrats - some 40,000 votes. We owned the popular vote, right from the moment that the polls closed. We'd end up with three percentage points more than the NDPers, in fact. But we were still losing.
05/08/2017 02:39 EDT
I've gotten a few emails from folks who are genuinely puzzled as to why I support Christy Clark's B.C. Liberals. So, here's 10 reasons. That's why I want Christy Clark's B.C. Liberals to win. And, you know? She just might!
05/05/2017 09:57 EDT
At least Michael Ignatieff moved back here. You know what I mean, Mr. Disembark Tank. You're Just Leaving. As expected. As planned. As such, I was going to wish you the best in packing for the return to Boston -- but we both you know you never really unpacked, did you?
05/02/2017 11:17 EDT
As I watch Donald Trump giddily dropping the "mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan, or bombing Syria, or sending a U.S. soldier to his death in Yemen, or threatening war with North Korea, I think of a bearded guy in New Hampshire, washing his pickup truck one sunny Saturday morning in August. He warned us.
04/25/2017 11:51 EDT
In election after election, the B.C. NDP either get their projections wrong - or they abandon their economic promises, mid-writ. Either way, it does not engender confidence. Tommy Douglas, among others, would not be impressed. Even a New Democrat, he believed, needs to able to say how he or she will pay the bills.
04/20/2017 04:25 EDT
In this writer's experience, voters and consumers are forgiving. They are profoundly aware of the tendency of humans to have human failings, being human beings themselves. And, as long as mistakes are not being made all the time they will forgive and forget and move on.
04/18/2017 11:48 EDT
Make no mistake: the Conservatives' leadership race has dramatically set back their party, perhaps for years to come. Among other things, it has revealed the once-great Conservative Party of Canada to be nasty, brutish and short-sighted. By selecting a winner, the Conservative Party of Canada has rendered itself a loser, and wholly undeserving of power.
04/11/2017 09:07 EDT
Jason Kenney made the personal the political when he said parents should be notified when a kid joins their school's gay-straight alliance - which, of course, has the effect of outing them. Jason Kenney proposed one rule for gay kids, and an entirely different rule for guys like him. You know, like hypocrites do.
04/03/2017 03:12 EDT
Donald Trump is a traitor to his nation and its constitution. He is a thug and a demagogue. He is an Internet troll, elevated to the Oval Office. But on NATO, and on the requisite contributions to NATO, he is right. Because we don't pay our way in NATO, and we haven't for a long time. And we need to.
03/28/2017 12:30 EDT
Some people wear tinfoil hats. Some see conspiracies everywhere. Some even look around at public meetings, and see spies where there are none. B.C. NDP MLA David Eby, for instance, sees spies. B.C. Liberal spies, to be precise.
03/24/2017 12:16 EDT
Trump was a political seismic event in many ways, of course. Trump shattered the Western liberal democratic consensus in respect of trade, immigrants, refugees, security and race. He upended every convention. He also showed everyone, in a yuge way, that campaigns now don't matter much at all.
03/21/2017 09:56 EDT
Ezra is not an anti-Semite. So what, then, is he doing keeping the likes of Gavin McInnes on the payroll? What is the truth about alt-Right heroine Lauren Southern and her speedy departure? Is Rebel Media so free-speechy that it will now give an uncritical platform to Holocaust denier rhetoric?
03/15/2017 03:24 EDT
How can you -- a regular person who isn't all that involved in politics, and who lives in another country, no less -- oppose the unethical, immoral, hateful policies of the Trump regime?
03/14/2017 03:08 EDT
Are the BC NDP full of crap? Yeah, sort of, they are. They've gone bananas about the fact that Elections BC is asking the governing party about fundraising stuff. What they're not telling anyone is that they're being asked, too. And John Horgan's crew aren't enthusiastic about anyone probing BC NDP fundraising practices. There's a history, you see.
03/10/2017 09:20 EST
Am I a feminist? As I often tell my truly feminist wife: I aspire to be a feminist, but I'm not there yet. Just as I practice law, I am incomplete. I have much to learn, and many miles to go. Perhaps on the day I die, I will be closer to being a feminist. For now, I remain highly imperfect.
03/08/2017 04:26 EST
The Conservatives' anti-Ignatieff "Just Visiting" campaign was arguably the most effective political ad campaign in modern Canadian history. It is astonishing - it is beyond belief - that the once-great Conservative Party of Canada is now embracing Kevin O'Leary, another Boston resident. Another interloper. Another guy "just visiting."
03/06/2017 03:04 EST
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