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After watching last week's debate, Brown decided that what the PCs needed was him: a guy accused of sexual and financial impropriety, of overseeing shady nomination practices and of inflating membership numbers to finally unite the party and defeat Premier Kathleen Wy—why are you laughing?
Many people will take the case of TVO's Steve Paikin as evidence that #MeToo has gone off the rails: that a man can be destroyed by a single allegation. If anything, it shows the opposite: that evidence, corroboration and good judgment still matter.
The Liberals pledge openness but always with an asterisk. Everything is on the table except for the things the Liberals want off the table. So you can still have electoral reform, as long as it’s the Liberals’ preferred type of electoral reform.
Brown has always been the wrong guy to get the PCs their victory: he's a bit too awkward, far too enigmatic and he's never really given the impression that he will govern by conviction, instead of convenience.
The Trudeau government is free to walk out on whomever it wants during a status of women committee meeting, and to be selective in its divvying-out of grant money, but to do so should wipe out this illusion of the Liberals as advocates of diversity. They are advocates of diversity that looks different but sounds the same.
Sure, eliminating paid breaks is not very nice. But what, exactly, did the premier think was going to happen? Employers would just absorb the added costs? Dip into their own personal profits? OK, and maybe my prom dress still fits, too?
The Tories are making some pretty serious allegations with very little evidence. The problem for Finance Minister Bill Morneau is that benefit of the doubt went out the window the day Canadians learned he still owned shares in his family's company when he controlled the government's purse strings.
The government claims it has ended the use of improper omnibus bills, though it's still sort of writing them. It says it has successfully promoted free votes among its MPs, except it just punished one of them for voting against the government's tax reform proposals.
Had Julie Payette flippantly dismissed traditional Indigenous healing methods at a recent science conference the way she did cancer patients taking "sugar pills," I doubt she'd be afforded the defences she's currently enjoying from many supporters, Robyn Urback writes.
Instead of admitting he misspoke when he said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne would stand "trial" in Sudbury, the PC leader doubles down. This is a party that could stab itself with a foam finger.