Opinion Column

Ontario Senator Peter Harder speaks with Calgary Herald reporter James Wood in Calgary in this April 26, 2017 file photo. (Gavin Young/Postmedia Network)

Democracy loses when senators independent

This week, Sen. Peter Harder, embarked on a herculean political mission aimed at helping get Canada's Senate working the way the government wants it to. Which is to say, passing Liberal legislation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Liberals hiding their deficit

If you believe Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s claim that through her sound fiscal management she has balanced the province’s books and can now spend more on public services, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (File photo)

Why Trudeau's scheme for climate is a scam

Why do the media persist in prolonging the myth that Justin Trudeau -- or for that matter any prime minister going back to Brian Mulroney -- has a workable, coherent plan to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change?

A forum visitor is silhoutetted in front of a projected logo before a Conservative party leadership candidate forum at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alta. on Wednesday March 1, 2017. (Jim Wells/Postmedia Network)

We don't need another conservative party

There's nothing novel about a bunch of politicos getting together at a bar to complain about their own party. Yet we're supposed to think Scott Gilmore's New Conservative movement is something different.

Try out social programs for the post-job economy

Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay will be the three trial sites for Ontario's experiment with a universal basic income, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday morning, competing with New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath's promise of a new provincial drug-insurance program if her party wins the next election.

(David Kawai/Postmedia Network files)

Time to repair Ontario's auto insurance clunker

It's no surprise to learn that Ontario's auto insurance regime is an expensive mess, but the numbers in a new report for the provincial government are still shocking. Ontario drivers are paying $4 billion a year more than they would if Ontario's rates were at the Canadian average. That's more than $500 for every car insured.

Malala Yousafzai looks on during a ceremony to name her as a United Nations Messenger of Peace at UN headquarters, April 10, 2017 in New York City. Yousafzai, who is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will now become the youngest to be named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We must stand together to reject intolerance

When we talk about education, a “culture of fear” is not a phrase anyone wants to hear. You might expect it in Swat Valley, where Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban fanatics for advocating girls’ schooling. Here in Ontario, the phrase seems out of place; and yet, it crops up a frequently in reference to some public school boards.

Virtual-world gamers solving real-world woes

Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don't worry -- an alternative to space war is on the way.

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