There's a new element in the toxic formula of global xenophobia: anxiety among economically precarious people over globalization and trade deals.
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 point isn't to decide who started it. It's: can you interrupt the cycle, which has nothing essential to do with Islam or religion. It's basically tit for tat.
Recent student protests from South Africa to Quebec to Missouri should not be treated as childish indiscretions by smug adults, argues Rick Salutin.
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.