On three big issues that any government faces, the Trudeau government was weak: it neglected official languages questions; misplayed Canada-U.S. relations; and bungled federal-provincial relations.
Nova Scotia policymakers should have known for some time that carbon pricing is coming. The province should be prepared to succeed in a low-carbon future because of earlier reduction efforts.
Rachel Notley wants to know why "we're acting like a bunch of villages as opposed to a nation." There is a leadership role for Ottawa and Justin Trudeau needs to recognize it.
The federal approval of a problematic drilling project in Nova Scotia points to a bigger issue: the need to work out a strategy to deal with Ottawa as the Harper shipwreck is hauled out.
After the federal election, provincial voices should be prepared to gather up their courage and face up to the repairs needed after the Harper wrecking job.
Canada's premiers and territorial leaders need to grapple with the issue of climate change. And they're not doing so well so far.
The premiers think of themselves as partners in Confederation. Harper treats them as uninvited guests at the national table.
Let's examine the Maritimes' continuing struggle with debt, deficits, a weak economy and young people leaving against a wider backdrop of equalization.
Banning party discipline and asking provinces to select senators could restore the Senate's role as a chamber of sober second thought.
The areas of tension between Ontario and the federal government are numerous: equalization, debt and deficits, pensions and refugees and much more.