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...

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Master of None

Last week, Canada articulated its new foreign policy framework. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discussed Canada's role in a world where the United States is no longer reliable as a global leader. First, she emphasized that Canada had a role to play, something that is only necessary in as self-conscious a state as Canada...

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...