Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald is a former foreign correspondent and columnist for CBC News who has also worked in newspapers. He speaks English and French fluently, as well as some Arabic.

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Why are photo ops (except Trump's) so brutally boring?: Neil Macdonald

It would be wonderful if politicians used the deadly dull canned moments of photo-ops to actually say something, writes Neil Macdonald.

Ignoring all those inconvenient traditional and unceded Indigenous rights: Neil Macdonald

Despite its gushing declarations of support for Indigenous people, the government is defying an order to compensate thousands of families for discrimination.

Firing two luckless patsies just makes Scheer look hapless: Neil Macdonald

After his election showing against a weakened, staggered Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer very much wants to appear leader-like, writes Neil Macdonald.

No need to worry about war crimes, Trump has soldiers' backs: Neil Macdonald

Trump's pardons for Americans accused of war crimes aren't unique, but his bragging about them is, writes Neil Macdonald.

'Slosh, slosh, slosh': the maddening, twilight world of medical waiting lists | Neil Macdonald

Our treasured Canadian health care system is corrupt in the sense that not all of us are treated equally, and it's a purely political matter, writes Neil Macdonald.

Donald Trump, anointed of God — seriously?: Neil Macdonald

A year out from the U.S. election, most Americans — 65 per cent, according to a recent survey — now find Trump’s behaviour undignified and damaging to the presidency, but not white evangelicals. They are, in fact, the only religious group in the survey to disagree.

Andrew Scheer is effectively pro-choice, why not just own it?: Neil Macdonald

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is hardly the first federal party leader to insist he can keep his personal views and political policies separate - Canada's last five prime ministers, including Justin Trudeau, have used the same dodge. But here's why it's not working so well for Scheer.

The preachy, gauzy, meaningless aphorisms don't suffice, Justin Trudeau: Neil Macdonald

Where Stephen Harper and his ministers simply refused to answer, Trudeau's team never stopped answering. They just never said anything, writes Neil Macdonald, and it cost them at the polls.

The campaign is a hologram — make-believe tensions over minuscule differences: Neil Macdonald

But political parties must claim to be radically different from one another, and political journalism must play along, or else why exist? So the Liberals and Tories concentrate on what does distinguish them: their leaders.
Point of View

Owning a dog means playing God. It's a role no human wants to play: Neil Macdonald

I swear Lola gazes at us with utter trust. She has no idea what's coming. For now, I take her to the beach every day, and she takes long swims in the warm September river water and glories in fighting Charley for sticks, but she yips in pain sometimes.

This election should be about more than which leader sucks. Alas, it won't be: Neil Macdonald

What are the Liberals' election talking points, in this age of environmental insecurity and economic anxiety? That Andrew Scheer is scary. And the thrust of the Conservatives' campaign? It's obvious: Trudeau Sucks.

Trump's disloyalty slur is about shoring up support from evangelicals, not American Jews: Neil Macdonald

Clearly, Trump is betting that base hatreds and tribalism will send him to the White House for a second term. Given modern America, that's probably a smart bet.  

Winter is coming, and so is an uncharted economic abyss: Neil Macdonald

Governments have printed unimaginable amounts of money, inflating the money supply, since 2008. A bank in Denmark just offered the first negative-yield mortgage. Another recession is inevitable. What will we do this time?

Canada glories in summer, while Trump feeds and waters his racist mooncalves: Neil Macdonald

It's not that Canada doesn't have racists and criminals with guns. We just don't elect racists to lead the country, or enshrine a legal right to buy unlimited combat guns that can kill 20 or 30 people in 60 seconds.

If the Democrats have any spine, they'll nominate Elizabeth Warren to take on Trump: Neil Macdonald

Warren offers the lovely prospect of intelligence, unbending principle and policy — versus vulgar boorishness.