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TOWHEY: Canada’s ready for a conservative carbon tax

TOWHEY: Canada’s ready for a conservative carbon tax

Last month, the majority of Canadians voted for political parties that support a carbon tax. Before the next election, the Conservative Party of Canada must come to grips with this fact. Not all
GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau has to choose his approach to governing with a minority

GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau has to choose his approach to governing with a minority

The success of Canada’s new minority Parliament, which will convene on Dec. 5, depends not on the opposition leaders but on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canadians collectively decided on Oct. 21
FATAH: Don Cherry was both right and wrong

FATAH: Don Cherry was both right and wrong

“You people… love our way of life…” Seven words uttered by Don Cherry that carried a degree of truth but could not conceal its racist tone even if the 85-year-old quintessential Canadian nationalist
McManus: A dummy’s guide to the Trump impeachment hearing

McManus: A dummy’s guide to the Trump impeachment hearing

The proceedings will be invaluable if they help Congress and the public answer two critical questions.
Walters: California cities and schools in financial distress

Walters: California cities and schools in financial distress

Pensions a major driver for troubled finances, according to statewide reports that highlight Oakland.
KOLGA: Exporting Canadian energy is also good for Europe

KOLGA: Exporting Canadian energy is also good for Europe

Canada is uniquely positioned to help Europe secure its energy supplies through diversification, while simultaneously addressing Alberta’s serious economic concerns, by investing in infrastructure to
AGAR: The PC mob attacking Don Cherry is so hypocritical, it’s laughable

AGAR: The PC mob attacking Don Cherry is so hypocritical, it’s laughable

Burn the witch! Burn the witch! That is our politically correct culture today. And that culture is driven by hypocrites. Those who are angry at Don Cherry for his comments about immigrants and the
FUREY: The poppy problem is real — but there are solutions

FUREY: The poppy problem is real — but there are solutions

I did my own non-scientific experiment Monday as I boarded the Toronto subway for the morning rush. Let’s see how many people are wearing poppies, I told myself. When I boarded the train on
Rubin: In Beijing, technology looms large as do questions about China’s future

Rubin: In Beijing, technology looms large as do questions about China’s future

The Chinese dream is very different than what many observers expected just a few years ago.
Cepeda: Hispanic immigrants do better than those from Europe

Cepeda: Hispanic immigrants do better than those from Europe

The Hispanic group's average income rank was the same or better than the European group, adjusted for inflation.
Borenstein: Canciamilla pocketed campaign funds for personal use

Borenstein: Canciamilla pocketed campaign funds for personal use

Former Contra Costa assemblyman, elections chief illegally spent $130,529 on Asia vacation, remodeling Hawaii home.
BONOKOSKI: Remembering the death of the Berlin Wall, icon of the Cold War

BONOKOSKI: Remembering the death of the Berlin Wall, icon of the Cold War

The momentous event many believed their lifetimes would never see occurred 30 years ago Saturday when the Berlin Wall came crashing down in a flurry of pickaxes, bulldozers and political uncertainty.
Navarrette: Who was Beto O’Rourke? We still don’t know.

Navarrette: Who was Beto O’Rourke? We still don’t know.

Not since Elvis borrowed songs from black singers have we seen such brazen a grab at diversity born of entitlement.
BONOKOSKI: While Andrew Scheer fights the knives, Justin Trudeau’s off surfing

BONOKOSKI: While Andrew Scheer fights the knives, Justin Trudeau’s off surfing

Our prime minister, re-elected but not humbled, has virtually gone to ground since his vainglorious victory speech, his itinerary jam-packed with “private meetings” until he flew off over the weekend
Rubin: Trump got it backward on who helped US take down Baghdadi

Rubin: Trump got it backward on who helped US take down Baghdadi

Praise to the special forces operators and CIA analysts who took down the ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Hanson: Is California becoming premodern?

Hanson: Is California becoming premodern?

Millions of fed-up taxpayers have fled the state and their stabilizing influence is sorely missed.
Thiessen: Would Biden have ordered Baghdadi killed, as Trump did?

Thiessen: Would Biden have ordered Baghdadi killed, as Trump did?

President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Walters: Slanting ballot measure titles an area of political warfare

Walters: Slanting ballot measure titles an area of political warfare

The wording of the official summary of high-impact ballot measures can decisively impact voters.
Walters: Are the wealthy fleeing California taxes?

Walters: Are the wealthy fleeing California taxes?

Public education advocates are proposing still another income tax hike on the wealthy for the 2020 ballot.
WARREN: It’s time for the feds to act on vaping

WARREN: It’s time for the feds to act on vaping

On Friday, the Province of Ontario announced a ban on vaping advertising in convenience stores and gas stations in response to concerns about the increasing use of e-cigarettes by youth. Ottawa Mayor