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Hanson: The West and rest of the world more likely to become politically repressive like China

Hanson: The West and rest of the world more likely to become politically repressive like China

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy
BONOKOSKI: The government we end up electing is a mirror of ourselves

BONOKOSKI: The government we end up electing is a mirror of ourselves

A week from now, it will be over except for the crying, and Canada will get the government it deserves. That’s the line, right? It was first coined by the 19th-century French philosopher Joseph de
Milbank: Donald Trump, corrupted absolutely

Milbank: Donald Trump, corrupted absolutely

Trump proves Lord Acton's 19th-century maxim still holds: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Skelton: Newsom’s road cuts exemplify what fuels Trump supporters

Skelton: Newsom’s road cuts exemplify what fuels Trump supporters

Bait and switch breeds cynicism and mistrust of government, leads to the election of outsider demagogues.
AGAR: Double standard’s obvious on blackface and Trudeau

AGAR: Double standard’s obvious on blackface and Trudeau

What are the chances blackface will be a Halloween costume this year? A week ago I would not have asked that question. A week ago I believed changing your skin colour to impersonate another race is
WARREN: Justin Trudeau deserves another shot – here’s why

WARREN: Justin Trudeau deserves another shot – here’s why

Justin Trudeau is the best candidate for Prime Minister in the 2019 federal election and deserves to be re-elected on October 21st. I have met Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and Jagmeet Singh and have
Walters: California should hold public schools accountable, too

Walters: California should hold public schools accountable, too

We’re do so for for-profit schools, charter schools and community colleges, but not traditional K-12.
Pitts: 3 October anniversaries mark how we handle sexual assault

Pitts: 3 October anniversaries mark how we handle sexual assault

Sure, Weinstein is facing charges, but Kavanaugh went to the Supreme Court, and Trump, to the White House.
Robinson: The GOP’s bootlicking cowardice knows no bounds

Robinson: The GOP’s bootlicking cowardice knows no bounds

Sens. Mitt Romney and Rob Portman are the only prominent Republican officeholders thus far to call out Trump.
TOWHEY: Canada’s soldiers never top of mind at election time

TOWHEY: Canada’s soldiers never top of mind at election time

National Defence is not a top-of-mind issue in this federal election. Frankly, it rarely is. Fortunately, Canada does not face regular, imminent perils in this fraught world. But, Canadians have often
Walters: California Paradox: Economy–and poverty–hit record highs

Walters: California Paradox: Economy–and poverty–hit record highs

California's median income rose to among the nation’s highest in 2018, but it ranked 50th in housing.
Will: Supreme Court to decide whether ‘sex’ includes sexual orientation

Will: Supreme Court to decide whether ‘sex’ includes sexual orientation

At issue is whether workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is forbidden by the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
MALCOLM: Two-plane Trudeau’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

MALCOLM: Two-plane Trudeau’s hypocrisy knows no bounds

Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds. Not only are the Trudeau Liberals using two planes to criss-cross the country, they’re excusing their excessive carbon emissions by writing cheques to enviro
Robinson: How Donald Trump is trying to gaslight America

Robinson: How Donald Trump is trying to gaslight America

Trump wants us to believe him regarding his call with the Ukrainian president, not our lying eyes.
Victor Davis Hanson: Did America finally get ‘woke’ on China in time?

Victor Davis Hanson: Did America finally get ‘woke’ on China in time?

For years, our leaders had yawned about Silk Road neo-imperialism in Africa and Asia, and gross human rights abuses.
Dionne:  Will impeachment solve this problem for the Democrats?

Dionne: Will impeachment solve this problem for the Democrats?

Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi made it clear they'll no longer let the Trump administration bog them down.
BONOKOSKI: Liberals’ fiscal projections don’t even mention ‘deficit’

BONOKOSKI: Liberals’ fiscal projections don’t even mention ‘deficit’

When the unofficial organ of the Liberal Party — the Toronto Star — has its economics columnist slamming the margin of error in Justin Trudeau’s estimates as “enormous,” it’s time to fact check if you
Pitts: No one can dismiss Donald Trump’s evocation of civil war

Pitts: No one can dismiss Donald Trump’s evocation of civil war

A panicked president staring down the barrel of impeachment may have inadvertently tweeted an important truth.
LILLEY: Doug Ford really isn’t a factor in the federal election

LILLEY: Doug Ford really isn’t a factor in the federal election

Can we all stop saying that Doug Ford will be the deciding factor in the federal election? We are living in a bizarre world where the Conservatives won’t say his name and the Liberals won’t stop
Thiessen: Why is media bending over backward to defend the Bidens?

Thiessen: Why is media bending over backward to defend the Bidens?

President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not 'beautiful' -- far from it, but...