Capitulation Day

Comfort is in scare supply to those who value democracy  — or even basic human decency — but what little comfort is available I can take in saying at least I tried. It was December 2015, when I wrote that based on our experience in Toronto, America should be wary that Trump may win.

Instead, today the world will watch as America gives up the audacity of hope for the tyranny of fear. An inauguration is meant to mark a time of new beginnings, and instead I fear we are going to bear witness to the end of America as we know it. Today missing only a white flag, we will watch as America surrenders. (more…)

When Leading Means Leaving

Some decisions in politics are easy. It is not hard to oppose Trump and every vile thing he stands for.

In general though political decisions are not often so clear cut. In 2017 – sooner rather than later – Premier Kathleen Wynne will have such a decision to make about her future, and in fact the future of the province.  (more…)

Dr. Leitch Has a Winning Prescription 

In the parlance of her previous life as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kellie Leitch is scrubbing up to win the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. This may eventually be to the detriment of the party — and almost certainly to political discourse in this country — but any diagnosis of the race that doesn’t see her as the winner is ignoring some fairly obvious symptoms. (more…)