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Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
Those who, more than two years ago, loudly condemned then newly selected NDP leader Tom Mulcair's analysis that Canada suffered from "Dutch disease" now happily embrace the idea.
Among them is Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
He has tried to calm folks worried about a dropping dollar and sinking equity markets -- both linked to the current drop in fossil fuel prices -- by pointing out that the manufacturing sector, mostly in central Canada, should profit from the current turmoil.
Financial planners and fund managers throughout Canada are probably telling their clients the same thing.
The year in federal politics began with a Prime Ministerial trip to Israel, the West bank and Jordan that was widely considered a political success.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Canada's Stephen Harper the warmest welcome possible.
Netanyahu lavished a degree of effusive praise on Harper that he reserves for no other world leader -- certainly not the President of Israel's most important ally and biggest funder, the United States.
The American administration may be solidly pro-Israel, but it still would like a lasting and viable peace settlement with the Palestinians, an idea that the Israeli leader only occasionally pretends to support, in the most tepid and unenthusiastic fashion.
Ok. Here's a shocker. The Parliamentary Correspondent for rabble.ca is going to write a piece making much the same point as ubiquitous right-of-centre commentator Tasha Kheiriddin.
This writer just had a look at Kheiriddin's National Post column of Friday, December 5 -- "Mulcair Pushed the Panic Button" -- then turned away from his screen, and said (to himself): "Damn, just what I planned to say!"
Kheiriddin talks about the unavoidable fact that the NDP remains in third place in every national opinion poll and that we could have an election as early as this coming spring.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair is, by the National Post columnist's lights, "desperate" to distinguish himself from the Liberals.
If you believe that government monopoly agencies are not the best way to get Canadian agricultural products to market you probably applauded when the Harper government eliminated the Canadian Wheat Board's control of the prairie grain business.
That move "liberated" Western farmers, freed them from the bondage of "big government," Prime Minister Harper boasts, and allowed them to take part fully in the free market economy.
The Canadian government is so anxious to keep refugees away from this country that it has instituted a rigorous system to prevent would-be refugees from ever getting here in the first place.
The rules of the Convention on Refugees, of which Canada was a charter signatory more than six decades ago, state clearly that once people arrive at your doorstep claiming refugee status you cannot merely send them away without a fair and comprehensive hearing.
The CBC has its supporters in both French and English Canada, but these days the French supporters are more ardent and much more vocal.
This past weekend the public broadcaster's supporters throughout Quebec and in New Brunswick took to the streets.
The tens of thousands of demonstrators were particularly concerned with the continued vitality of services in French -- and especially those services provided to francophone communities outside of Quebec.