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Aug 10, 2006

Beating Harper: NDP + Greens?

Duncan Cameron
Stephen Harper is a Prime Minister in the tradition of Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin: He governs with the solid backing of business. If you are concerned about global warm
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Jul 27, 2006

Through the fog of war

Duncan Cameron
Canada accepted to attend a U.S.-sponsored meeting in Rome this week to address the fallout from the war in the Middle East. Through the fog of war, it is difficult to see a way ahead.
News
Jul 19, 2006

G8: Where do the powers stand?

Duncan Cameron
It is a reflection of the sorry state of Conservative foreign policy that agreeing with the U.S. was the only course of action Stephen Harper could come up with when the G8 summit agenda shifted to t
Columnists
Jul 14, 2006

Harper's government not bullet-proof

Those expecting the Stephen Harper Conservatives to commit electoral suicide should think again. His government is polling well, his tag line “he keeps his promises” is a good one, and the
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Jul 14, 2006

Harper's government not bullet-proof

Duncan Cameron
Those expecting the Stephen Harper Conservatives to commit electoral suicide should think again. His government is polling well, his tag line “he keeps his promises” is a good one, and the
News
Jul 5, 2006

Happy birthday, George

Duncan Cameron
Stephen Harper is off to pay George Bush a visit on his birthday. This Thursday, Bush turns 60, and Harper gets 45 minutes with the U.S. President. The purpose of such a brief meeting is to show Cana
Columnists
Jun 28, 2006

What's 15 billion dollars?

Vancouver is hosting the World Peace Forum 2006. Meanwhile, it is National Defence week in Canada, with the government heralding spending of $15 billion on military equipment. Keeping one step ahead
News
Jun 21, 2006

The Maple Leaf Model: A progressive idea?

Duncan Cameron
Our Maple Leaf Model of democratic capitalism is extolled by a new “ideas generation council,” for bringing together the best of Japanese, American and the European social market model. Wha
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Jun 14, 2006

Canadian crimes of state: Guantanamo Bay North

Duncan Cameron
In what could be the most absurd public statement of this century, the reported suicides of three prisoners detained illegally by the American military at Guantanamo Bay was described by the U.S. cam
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Jun 7, 2006

Canada's political culture: Different from U.S.

Duncan Cameron
Without factoring in Quebec, it is easy to think of Canada as a three-party system: two main parties plus the NDP as the innovator, the source of policy ideas. But the NDP itself does not necessarily
Columnists
May 31, 2006

Oil country

Alberta needs to take a lesson from the Edmonton Oilers, and learn to play defence. Defending the constitutional rights of the citizens of the province to benefit from the resource has not been the p
Columnists
May 24, 2006

Enough rope to hang himself

Stephen Harper is Prime Minister because of the unexpected election of ten Conservative members from Quebec. Watching the Conservatives strut, you have to wonder how they expect to stay in power. Th
News
May 17, 2006

Who sets the parliamentary agenda?

Duncan Cameron
The late Dalton Camp, whose regular column in the <i>Toronto Star</i> (written from his home in New Brunswick) was much admired, once described the Paul Martin Liberals as the Reform Party with cuffl
News
May 10, 2006

The vocal Canadian: John Kenneth Galbraith

Duncan Cameron
When his friend, President John F. Kennedy died, John Kenneth Galbraith continued to argue with President Lyndon B. Johnson, first privately then publicly. His biographer quotes the first sentence of
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May 3, 2006

Beware of Conservatives bearing gifts

Duncan Cameron
This was never to be a budget about you. It is designed to deceive, and to please, and to re-elect the Conservatives with a majority. Should the opposition be able to help people understand the decep
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Apr 27, 2006

Low wages, the Canadian way to prosperity

Duncan Cameron
Imagine a society that has a public policy choice to make about help for those most in need. The first avenue is more costly, does a lot of direct harm to citizens, and exaggerates already dreadful s
Columnists
Apr 21, 2006

Paris Spring

The French universities are re-opening. Student demonstrators were calmed when the government withdrew its bill giving employers the right to fire new employees without showing cause. The infamous &#
News
Apr 12, 2006

Insiders pick an outsider

Duncan Cameron
The Liberal leadership race is now between Michael Ignatieff and the others. Ignatieff is the one generating the talk, interest and controversy. Liberal Party politics is all about winning power. Ign
News
Mar 29, 2006

Labour and the NDP: What now?

Duncan Cameron
The CAW council just voted to sever relations with the NDP. The Ontario NDP had previously voted to expel the CAW leader, so it should have known what to expect. Perhaps it has a plan for how to deal
Columnists
Mar 22, 2006

The defection of Bob Rae

In the Ontario summer election of 1990, as Bob Rae prepared to address the CAW, his handlers got the first internal polling results showing the NDP winning government. They waited until he finished t
News
Mar 15, 2006

Canada to Kandahar: Errand boy

Duncan Cameron
Anxious to demonstrate his government's commitment to military action, as dutifully reported by the press, the Canadian Prime Minister is auditioning for the role of errand boy. Stephen Harper wants
Columnists
Mar 9, 2006

Ethics and all that

Somewhere in the archives must be a letter addressed to a new Conservative Prime Minister which says: first, be prime ministerial; second, know where the votes are; and third, remember the party you
News
Mar 1, 2006

The end of neo-conservatism

Duncan Cameron
A neo-conservative celebrity recently chose an article written for the <i>New York Times</i> magazine to shout &#147;the neo-conservatism moment has now passed.&#148; Francis Fukuyama thinks the Bus

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