Recent student protests from South Africa to Quebec to Missouri should not be treated as childish indiscretions by smug adults, argues Rick Salutin.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
The press, who are supposed to be smart, can't seem to stop talking about Justin Trudeau being not too bright. But a look at other leaders shows that intelligence in politics is constantly changing.
This country's electoral system is an insult to Canadians and a humiliation before the world, most of which doesn't use it. The first order of our new government should be to kill it.
Politics in the modern era has been haunted by a sense that we are travelling on a route: the past is over our shoulder; the future, around the next bend.
Many moments stand out from one of Canada's longest election campaigns. Rick Salutin looks back at a few and ponders the possibility of a worst-case scenario after the election.
Justin Trudeau has withstood a pummeling that wasted the two previous Liberal leaders so badly that each broke down publicly during their campaign. Trudeau survived and overcame.
A country that gets so careless and/or confused about its most basic right -- citizenship -- probably deserves to have an election about it.
There's something touching about Thomas Mulcair's attempt to become the Tony Blair of Canada: it comes 20 years late.
In elections, like in sports, you're pulling for your team, not just in the sense of party or leader, but in the sense of humanity, and its long-term potential for progress.
The parade of Conservative attack dogs has been long and luminous. These guys were recruited to play a role and you don't say No to the boss. But what role and why?