Geoffrey Stevens's blog

Why Justin Trudeau is a cheap date

The opposition parties worked themselves into a fair lather last week when Parliament was informed that it had cost taxpayers $127,000 for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family to vacation in the Bahamas at Christmas.

“Completely outrageous,” snapped NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

“When did the prime minister forget that it's his job to serve Canadians and not the other way around?” demanded Blaine Calkins, a Conservative from Alberta.

How can normal governments deal with Donald Trump?

No one ever said running a government is easy. Far from it. These days, in Canada and many other countries, the task is made infinitely more difficult and perilous by the mess in Donald Trump’s Washington.

The U.S. capital has become a seething swamp ruled by conspiracy theorists, would-be power brokers and rank amateurs who haven’t the faintest idea of how to make a government work.

Trouble mounts in Liberal-land: B.C. and Ontario

Watch British Columba.

The six-year-old provincial Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark meets the electorate on May 9, and the outcome is anyone’s guess.

B.C. elections are often isolated provincial phenomena with little impact beyond the mountains. This time, however, the outcome will resonate as far east as Ontario where another Liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne, is in even deeper trouble than Clark. A Clark victory would at least buoy depressed Liberal spirits in Ontario.

Why Andrew Scheer will be the next Conservative leader

Today’s Conservative Party of Canada is not your grandmother’s Conservative Party.  That much we know.

But what kind of party will it be going forward?  The answer will be determined in large measure by the outcome of the current leadership race. Candidates have one month left to sell party memberships in this one-member, one-vote competition, followed by two more months of campaigning before the votes are counted on May 27.

Who among the mob of candidates (there are 14 of them at present) will emerge as leader in May?