Opinion Editorial

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump (L) on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Words are powerful, choose them wisely

U.S. President Barack Obama demonstrated enormous grace and restraint when he met with ­president-elect Donald Trump at the White House, but Obama's healing words haven't been the intended balm in the aftermath of the American election, as demonstrations and protests continue in the United States.

Trudeau holds nose, congratulates Trump

It's possible Justin Trudeau and his advisers gagged slightly when they wrote the phrase "We look forward to working very closely with president-elect Trump" into the prime minister's official statement Wednesday on the outcome of the U.S. election.

Attack on free press demands response

The bombshell that Montreal police spied on La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé through his cellphone has prompted political leaders at all levels to speak out in defence of a free press.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during a press conference during the annual International Monetary Fund, World Bank Spring Meetings at the IMF on April 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Fed Grits $81B vow ignores Ontario's tale

The federal Liberals are not unlike the New Democrats who governed Ontario 25 years ago. In the midst of economic difficulties and financial challenges, the Liberals are committed to deficit-­financing billions upon billions of dollars on infrastructure and other programs.

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Equalization must be fixed to make it work

Canadians are caring people, as we know from the generosity shown across this land in response to last spring's Fort McMurray wildfires. Another example, perhaps, is Canada's equalization system, which provides transfers from the federal government to regions that supposedly don't have the same capacity to provide public services as more prosperous

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How far should police dig in the digital age?

At some point last Thursday, 7,500 cellphones were set to receive a text message from the Ontario Provincial Police, simply because the owners happened to be near an Ottawa-­area intersection nearly a year ago, where Frederick (John) Hatch was last seen.

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Middle class status mostly state of mind

The middle class remains the prize for any politician who wants to be elected, as that ­strata of ­society is believed to be the largest, the broadest and the most representative of any nation's values and aspirations.

Shannon Phillips (Alberta Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office) on the roof of the Federal Building in Edmonton on May 24, 2016. Postmedia Network File Photo

Alberta faces next green sticker shock

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said last week the NDP government is going all in on its plan to reshape the province's electricity system so that 30 per cent of the power used by 2030 comes from renewable forms of energy, such as solar, wind and hydro.

Stop half measures for party fundraising

Starting next week at Queen's Park, MPPs will be combing through the Liberals' legislation to clean up party donations. Various groups have been giving input over the course of the summer on what the legislation ought to contain.

Mauril Belanger talks to a group of people at the Crichton Community Centre in Ottawa in this May 1, 2011 file photo. (TONY CALDWELL/Postmedia Network files)

Belanger did more than change anthem

It wasn't just Ottawa-Vanier that lost its longtime champion on Tuesday. Nor, for that matter, did Mauril Bélanger, who died at age 61 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, leave behind as his biggest legacy his campaign to change the lyrics of O Canada to be more inclusive. Canada lost a man who, over the course of his career in Parliament

This file photo taken on February 27, 2015 shows U.S. President Barack Obama looking through a teleprompter during a ceremony for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. (YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Talk of a third term for Obama nonsense

The mood in the United States regarding the character of both presidential candidates is somewhat gloomy and quite unprecedented, and has led to speculation about a third term for President Barack Obama.

Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins stands in front of the new Providence Care during a press conference to announce funding for Kingston-area hospitals in Kingston, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (Elliot Ferguson/Postmedia Network)

Invest in personal support workers

Everyone's talking about Ontario doctors these days, and whether they are being offered a fair contract. But the provincial government's health-care reforms also depend in part on sick or frail people being able to receive reliable, quality, ongoing care in their own homes. The key players here are the personal support workers (PSWs) who provide un