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Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a group of reporters (wrong audience, but solid effort) that illegal entry into Canada doesn’t confer any special benefits. I'd wager that desperate refugees probably weren't watching that press conference.
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The "whataboutism" was strong in the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left three people dead and dozens more injured. Many of Trump's defenders demanded the public reserve some scorn for Black Lives Matter and Antifa. In essence: we've reached a point where people are actually attempting to contextualize neo-Nazism.
The gall of Mike Duffy during the peak of his Senate expenses scandal was his unrelenting insistence that what he did was acceptable because it was technically within the rules. Now, Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt is using the same excuse to justify subletting his taxpayer-subsidized condo.
A few hundred Air Transat passengers (plus, surely, many more sympathetic observers) are vowing to boycott the airline after being stuck on a plane on an Ottawa tarmac for hours with no water or food and limited information. But with so few other Canadian airlines, where will they go?
The Conservatives and Liberals are taking swings at each other, suggesting the others' activities threaten to undermine NAFTA negotiations. But with President Trump, a bad horoscope could undermine NAFTA negotiations.
Someone who fought against Canada’s allies and left two children fatherless is not worthy of a multimillion-dollar windfall, no matter how atrocious his subsequent treatment. But Canada stupidly abdicated its responsibilities to one of its citizens, so it's now paying a price.
It's not far-fetched to think that if it was discovered that a male governor general had an assault charge in his past — even if it was entirely unfounded — Trudeau would seize the opportunity to evangelize about male aggression and domestic violence.
In the spirit of Donald Trump Jr. and his devotion to transparency, I will pre-emptively release some photos of a stolen minivan sitting in my driveway — as well as a video montage of me breaking the car’s window, hot-wiring the vehicle and then driving off to some sweet Burt Bacharach tunes — to prove I have absolutely never committed any form of theft.
This is a plea, of sorts, to end the most insignificant and simultaneously overblown debate to occupy both houses of Canada’s Parliament in recent memory: whether to change two words in O Canada.
Earlier this year, Canada's government helpfully labelled the part of the budget for women. And this week, the Washington Post just unveiled a new offshoot publication designed for female readers. Who will be the first to translate the evening news reports into "women," too?
A murder is a murder no matter the victim. But some tend to resonate more than others in the public consciousness. If past cases are any indication, we might soon forget the name Elizabeth Wettlaufer.