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Richard Anderson
The Imperial Capital
Socialists Be Not Proud
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Hi there friend! You look tired and weather worn. Need a laugh? A slice of the absurd that makes you realize there are people far worse off than yourself? Well here's a Michael Harris column: True to his word, Stephen Harper has transformed the country, largely by stealth. Canada is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Your tax dollars not at work: To reduce the risk and protect yourself from extreme cold conditions, Health Canada advises: Wear appropriate clothing. Choose clothes that are appropriate for the weather; dress in layers with a wind-resistant outer layer; choose warm socks, gloves, hat and a scarf; and change into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Regrets, they've had a few, but then again too few to mention: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. Abe is known for his nationalist views, and many analysts have speculated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
It should be Justin Trudeau but for the Great and Good it's Ezra: In August, online readers of the Globe and Mail voted for me as the “biggest name in broadcasting," beating out even Peter Mansbridge. Then in December, an Ottawa newspaper called the Hill Times surveyed parliamentary staff –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
England loses something of itself when men like this die: The 8th Duke of Wellington, who has died aged 99, led a level-headed and responsible life in the shadow of his great ancestor, the victor of Waterloo. He earned a Military Cross in the Second World War, spoke up for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Well Scarborough, which is like nowhere for Torontonians: There isn’t a value-for-money case for the Scarborough subway extension. Yet Mayor John Tory and Premier Kathleen Wynne support this expensive “vanity” subway. At the same time they keep telling us their rapid transit investments are based on careful cost-benefit analysis. Tory... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
I've often been skeptical of the value of recall elections. Set the threshold too low and it becomes an expensive nuisance to distract elected officials from their jobs. Set the threshold too high and it becomes a dead letter. Still I wish these campaigners the best of luck. Amanda Achtman... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
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Happy days: The difficult tenure of Julian Fantino as Minister of Veterans Affairs ended Monday when he was replaced by Erin O’Toole, a lawyer and former member of the Canadian Forces. The shuffle, which was not announced by the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper until a surprise swearing-in ceremony... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Experts also predict that May will be warmer than January: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is likely to appoint a handful of Wildrose floor-crossers to cabinet posts this spring, ruffling the feathers of the PC party’s progressive wing, predicts one Edmonton political scientist. After Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and eight other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
One of the saving graces of traditional Canadian politics is that, most of the time, it's out of sight and out of mind. The electorate can spend almost the entire life of a Parliament paying not the slightest attention to the oscillations of the political class in Ottawa. Their lives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Margaret remembers a long ago visit: It marked a turning point in Canada’s relationship with Cuba, but Margaret Trudeau remembers the groundbreaking trip as one in which a dictator melted at the sight of her young baby. In some of the photos of Pierre Trudeau’s closely followed 1976 trip to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings