Toeing the Line

Trump's domestic policy may be a chaotic, unconventional shambles, but his foreign policy is actually standard, if still unstable. Of course, with one exception.


The Art of Distraction

Trump's tweets about transgender Americans in the military were outrageous and can't be ignored. That's a problem.

What if Trump Resigns?

Look, anything's possible, right? We talk a lot about impeachment, or electoral defeat, or the 25th Amendment (the topic of my first post on this blog). But what about resignation? What are the chances of Donald Trump saying, "I'm tired of this" or "I can see the writing on the wall," and simply walking away?

What a Mess

The Canadian government announced today the details of its settlement agreement with Omar Khadr. Khadr, born in Toronto, was held in Guantanomo Bay for 10 years after he plead guilty to murder and war crimes in the killing of an American medic, Christopher Speer. Khadr received an official apology and $10.5 million in compensation. There, that's the easy part...

Having Second Thoughts

What do you do when you're in trouble, and you want to divert attention from your failings? Change the channel, of course! Changing the channel is a time-honoured and well-tested political manoeuvre. We need only to look south of the border for a beautiful example. While Trump has pioneered a twist on the traditional "change the channel" mechanism by leaping from one scandal to a second, different scandal, it has proved remarkably effective in limiting the time and energy spent on any number of events that would have doomed other figures...

A New Old Hope

On Saturday, federal Conservatives elected a new leader: Andrew Scheer, the MP representing Regina-Qu'Apelle. The victory was a stunning turn in a race that had been dominated from the beginning by Maxime Bernier, who after the withdrawal of Kevin O'Leary was considered the heavy favourite going into this weekend's convention...