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Exit poll insights on 2021 election campaign winners and losers

The Canadian federal election that was supposedly about nothing has turned into something decidedly more meaningful for the country’s party leaders.   Judging by the pronouncements that we were...

Superpower spat over Meng Wanzhou highlights Canada’s lightweight international clout

The sorry saga of the detentions of Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Meng Wanzhou appears at last, at last, at last, to have reached its senses – thankfully, of course, that the two Michaels and...

Canada in need of a total federal political leadership makeover

They put on brave faces last Monday night about their parties’ showings. But not one, not two, but all three major federal leaders ought to go before we next elect a prime minister. Justin Trudeau,...

New regional development agency needs to function like a real investor

If you’ve ever perused a government news release or seen a political funding announcement, you probably heard a politician talk about investing. Whether it’s roads or schools, elder care or...

Prolonged pandemic casts outsized shadow over Canadian politics

The federal electoral campaign that Canadians reluctantly and inevitably accepted is over, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not. Throughout the past 18 months, we have seen how Canadians have modified...

Why skyrocketing natural gas prices power B.C.’s LNG prospects

Natural gas prices are back to the heady levels that preceded the oil price crash of 2014, when nearly 20 prospective liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects were being talked about for the coast of...

Canada’s debt load a burden on the country’s financial well-being

An unnecessary election call followed by a dispiriting campaign hasn’t created a favourable environment in which to consider the longer-term issues that will impinge on Canada’s economic prospects....

Global shipping companies betting on life in the faster trade lane

Meanwhile in the world beyond parochial politics and government apologies, there is good news for B.C.’s global transportation brand: major players in goods movement see opportunity on the West...

Post-election road looks rockier for prime minister

When we hear a politician was proud to take the high road, he has gone low. When a prime minister says he has a clear mandate, it is anything but. Notwithstanding what he said and was said about...

Tough choices await still-minority Liberals after $600 million election interruption

Third time, not so lucky. Justin Trudeau bet on himself Monday, practically dared the country in the throes of the pandemic to deny his bid for a majority government, and for a time it looked like...