Opinion Editorial

MP and interim federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose talks with guests before a speech at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary on Thursday February 9, 2017. GAVIN YOUNG/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Ambrose's winning ways merit praise

When interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose took to the stage at the annual parliamentary press gallery dinner last year, the slightly loosened-up audience of scribes braced for a letdown. They had just been treated to an entertaining speech by the country's charismatic new prime minister, including a yoga demonstration by his wife. Ambrose would

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Forget about Trump, worry about Trudeau

If Canada’s chattering classes can tear themselves away from Donald Trump for a moment, have they noticed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stopped answering even the most basic and reasonable questions in Parliament?

Look at the bigger picture

As taxpayers with fixed incomes and finite resources, it's easy, at times, to become fixated on numbers - specifically numbers that have dollar signs attached. So, we should all be concerned that the city is pondering the purchase of the former Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute property that will likely have a price tag in the $3

The importance of hospice

As Donald Trump pulls the plug on Obamacare south of the border, leaving many Americans frightened by their sickening level of health care, many point to Canada's system as the gold standard. And amid the many nightmarish stories told by our U.S. neighbours, it's hard to dispute that assertion.

Push for online voting flawed from the start

Well, that was disappointing. On Monday night, city council flip-flopped on its decision from the previous week and put the kibosh on a plan to move to Internet voting. The Luddites prevailed and, in the next municipal election, paper ballots will be used just as they have been for the past 100 years.

Conservative leadership candidate, Kevin O'Leary, speaks to members and supporters at a meet and greet in Burlington, Ont., on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Celebrity investor and reality-TV star O'Leary has quit the federal Conservative leadership race and throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Filling the O’Leary void

When Conservative Party of Canada members fill in their ballots for leader, they need to keep in mind they’re voting to pick the person who can beat Justin Trudeau in the next election.

Thank you to local volunteers

Last weekend, despite cool temperatures and a biting wind coming off a roiling Lake Couchiching, more than 80 people from all walks of life were bustling along the waterfront picking up trash and cleaning away the dirty detritus of winter at Veteran's Park.

A matter of death and life

For many Canadians, our publicly funded health-care system is a part of our national identity. In 2014, a study of 7,000 Americans and Canadians found that while Americans are deeply divided about the principles that should govern the provision of health care, Canadians are far more united.

This combination of file pictures created on April 25, 2017 in Paris shows a December 11, 2016 photo of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (L) and a September 11, 2016 of French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen, both in televisions studios in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Centrist Emmanuel Macron topped the initial polls on April 23, 2017 and looked well on course to beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a run-off on May 7.(ERIC FEFERBERG,MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Europeans balanced on brink of change

Following a season of political upheaval in the United States, there could be even greater ripples in Europe over the next five months. General elections are scheduled for Germany and France, while a surprise election will be held in June for Britain. The outcomes will be as significant as last November's presidential election in the U.S.

Row houses in London, Ontario. (CRAIG GLOVER, The London Free Press)

Adding taxes won't solve housing crisis

Politicians think the answer to everything is a tax. That's why they're talking about imposing everything from a foreign buyers' tax, to a speculators' tax, to a tax on vacant real estate to "solve" Toronto's housing crisis.

Property deal likely good for the city

It's taken seven years and more than one false start, but the city has finally consummated a deal to sell the former David H. Church Public School property at the corner of James and East streets.

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