#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not done

Patrick Brown, Kent Hehr and more – the cultural shift has finally reached Canadian politics

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not doneThe Conservative MP shook his head. We were in a restaurant in Toronto, getting caught up. He’d just told me that a little-known federal Tory backbencher named Patrick Brown was going to seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership. I’d told him all I’d heard about Brown was that he “had a zipper problem.” The…

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtful

A story gets told, people instantly react, someone gets vilified. Sometimes they get destroyed. This time‎, the mob went after a mother who didn't deserve it

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtfulIn the social media era – in our mad rush to judgment – people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies in rubble, because some nameless, feckless young woman decided to punish him for what, in a…

Go ahead, shoot the messenger

The media bears some of the responsibility for Donald Trump even when we stand in defiance of him

Go ahead, shoot the messengerWho’s to blame? When the United States of America regains its sanity – when the political equivalent of the Nuremberg war crimes trial is convened – who will bear the blame for Donald Trump? Who’s responsible? There will be plenty of blame to go around: Russia, of course, for interfering in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,…

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanation

Joshua Boyle met with Justin Trudeau before Christmas. Now, with a photo making the rounds and Boyle facing charges, questions are being asked

Boyle, Trudeau visit has a simple explanationNot so long ago, I was in Vancouver at the same time as Jean Chretien. We decided to get together at a spot in Gastown. It was sunny and a truly beautiful day. Looking outside, Chretien suggested we go for a walk. So we left to take a walk – me, the former prime minister…

One step forward, two steps back for the Conservatives

The Conservatives will soon have a new leader but divisive politics have dragged the party away from Stephen Harper's winning fundamentals

One step forward, two steps back for the ConservativesCan you lose by winning? It’s not a riddle, it’s a fair question. Surveying the wreckage that now litters the Conservative landscape, it’s a timely question, too. Because make no mistake, the Conservatives’ leadership race has dramatically set back their party, perhaps for years to come. Among other things, it has revealed the once-great Conservative…

Are you gay?

When a personal question becomes a political issue – and hypocrites like Jason Kenney dare to suggest we infringe on the rights of others, including children

Are you gay?“Are you gay?” It was 1983 or so and my Carleton University journalism professor, Roger Bird, asked me if I was gay. I was surprised. “Is that an issue?” I asked him. “If you’re writing an investigative series about gay people in politics, I think it is,” Bird said and he was probably right, as…

How to fight the right, one committed citizen after another

The only way we can stop the forces of division and hate is to get organized, go grassroots and show up – again and again

How to fight the right, one committed citizen after anotherHow can you – a regular person who isn’t all that involved in politics and who lives in another country, no less – oppose the unethical, immoral, hateful policies of the Trump regime? In 2012, I wrote a book about how the right seize power. It’s called Fight the Right. It talks about how the…