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Jun 17, 2014

Plenty of post-election lessons for Ontario leaders

Brian Topp
Wynne is firmly in the premier's seat and Horwath has earned the right to remain in her job if she wants it. But here are some important lessons to learn from the past six months.
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Aug 22, 2012
Photo: Matt Jiggins/Flickr

The federal NDP after Jack

Brian Topp
Jack Layton set out to convert the federal New Democratic Party into a governing party, and to steer Canada towards mainstream social democracy. How is that all working out, a year after his passing?
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Jun 21, 2012
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McGuinty's incoherent approach at Queen's Park

Brian Topp
This week's mess at Queen's Park would suggest the government of Ontario is going to have to pick their legislative and political poison a little more clearly.
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Jun 8, 2012
Aerial shot of Athabasca tar sands. Photo: Shell/Flickr

Debating the uses of resource royalties

Brian Topp
In an interesting and well-argued column in the Calgary Herald recently, Mark Milke from the Fraser Institute took issue with my last post here. I can't resist replying to one of his points.
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May 15, 2012
MEPs discuss how to kick-start Greek economy with Troika members. Photo: Pietro Naj-Oleari/ European Parliament/Flickr

Understanding the crisis in Greece

Brian Topp
Canadians owe the people of Greece our solidarity in the face of this overwhelming crisis. We also owe ourselves a detailed understanding of all of this.
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May 7, 2012
Photo: Aude Guerrucci/francois hollande/Flicker

France elects a 'normal' president in Francois Hollande

Brian Topp
On election day in Paris, Place de la Bastille (home of the left) was full and Place de la Concorde (home of the right) was empty. As sure a sign as any that the Socialist Party was about to win.
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Apr 30, 2012
Liberal noise-makers. Photo: Reever TO/Flickr

Liberals and the 'strategic voting' political drug

Brian Topp
For many years, Liberals have been eager advocates of "strategic voting" -- the idea that it makes sense to vote for a party you don't support in order to avoid the election of another party.
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Mar 30, 2012

A thank-you from Brian Topp

Brian Topp
When it's over, it's over. And like all New Democrats all across Canada, there must be only one thing on all of our minds from now on -- unity behind our new leader.
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Nov 14, 2011

The Keystone pipeline and 'oil disease'

Brian Topp
It is a little odd, this business of a Canadian neo-con minister, at the heart of the Harper government, threatening the United States with a closer economic relationship with Communist China.
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Nov 8, 2011

Omnibus crime bill is rule by angry old uncle

Brian Topp
An amendment in the Conservative government's omnibus crime legislation would eliminate the principle that prison guards must use the "least restrictive measures" required to control inmates.
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Oct 12, 2011

What do the Wall Street occupiers want?

Brian Topp
Wall Street is "occupied." What do they want, those protesters and their sympathizers? It is blindly obvious what the Wall Street occupiers and ordinary people all around the world want.
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Oct 3, 2011

Conservatives paint target on the CBC

Brian Topp
Trial balloons are the stuff of politics. And Stephen Harper's government floated a pretty big one in recent days -- that the government is contemplating a 10 per cent budget cut to the CBC.
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Sep 29, 2011

It's time to stop giving money to the rich

Brian Topp
A spectre is haunting Europe -- and the United States. That spectre: the proposition that the time has come to stop borrowing billions of dollars every year in order to give it to rich people.
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Sep 22, 2011

The Keystone XL pipeline should not be built

Brian Topp
We could be living in a smart market economy. And then there's the dumb market economy we're living in instead ... increasingly, courtesy of the Harper government. Exhibit A: the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Aug 23, 2011

Memories of Jack Layton

Brian Topp
In early 2008, I invited Jack Layton and his core team of advisers to my home for dinner, and a talk about politics.

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