Geoffrey Stevens's blog

A tale of two senseless and unnecessary political prosecutions

On the face of it, the two prosecutions – of two Ontario Liberal party operatives in the Sudbury by-election affair and of former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy in the Senate expenses scandal – have nothing in common beyond the fact that both involved political figures and allegations of bribery.

There are, however, other similarities.

Both involved charges that should never have been laid, because there was no evidence in either case that offences had actually been committed.

Misjudgment may cost Morneau his political career

Back in the mists of time, a half-century ago, there was a majority Liberal government that went though the same sort of mid-term pain that Justin Trudeau’s government is experiencing today, as its poll numbers slide, ministers stumble, key policies unravel and the opposition, smelling blood, circles impatiently.

Donald Trump is the wild card in Canadian politics

With two years still to go, the battle lines are already forming for the federal election scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019.

The battle will be led by three men who are the youngest collection of major party leaders in Canadian history. It comes as a bit of a shock to realize that Justin Trudeau, who was the bright young hope of the Liberals when they chose him in 2013 – and who was derided by the Conservatives as being too young to be prime minister – is now the oldest of the three leaders. He’s 45.

Bombardier and Boeing: A rock and a hard place

A few thoughts today about Bombardier and Boeing.

First, Boeing’s complaint to the U.S. Commerce Department about Bombardier and the subsidies it receives from governments in Canada really has nothing to do with the sale of those 75 Bombardier 100-passenger C Series jetliners to Delta Airlines. It has everything to do with Boeing’s determination to defend its turf from foreign competition.