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Celina Caesar--Chavannes

‘Privilege’ banter fuels divisiveness

It’s not clear what Liberal MP Celina Caesar--Chavannes meant when she told Conservative MP Maxime Bernier on social media to “please check your privilege and be quiet.” Did she mean white privilege? Male privilege? Both? Something else?

Patrick Brown (file photo)

With Brown out, real debate begins

On-again, off-again Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown has now, finally, called it a day, and whether he has been treated fairly or not over the course of the last month, he is right to bow out.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau

Good ideas in budget but delivery vague

Once again, a federal government has unveiled a budget that “puts people first.” One that pledges to create a “more equal, competitive, sustainable and fair Canada.” One that vows to demonstrate an “unwavering commitment to equality of opportunity.” Everyone can go home now.

Politicians off-side on players’ names

We cringe any time politicians come near Canada’s game. But the latest instance, courtesy of Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and other Quebec politicians, is especially offside, from where we’re sitting.

Senator Doug Black (Postmedia Network)

Stop playing games with Trans Mountain

The Trans Mountain pipeline is a no-brainer to most Canadians. The federal government has given it the thumbs up. The National Energy Board has granted it an OK. The requisite studies and reports are all in.

File Photo

Boards reap big pay while schools suffer

Albertans, Ontarians will be interested to know, are accustomed to hearing the lament that public education suffers from a lack of funding. They’re constantly told classrooms are short of resources and that steep fees for essential services such as busing are necessary to make up for a lack of cash.

Colten Boushie's mother Debbie Baptiste addresses demonstrators gathered outside of the courthouse in North Battleford, Sask. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith

PM’s indigenous rights push can’t deepen rifts

After the acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the death of Indigenous Canadian Colten Boushie, many expected the prime minister to announce changes to the jury system. Instead, Justin Trudeau pledged quick, sweeping legislative reforms across a broad array of policies governing Indigenous communities.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi (Postmedia Network)

Calgary Games bid in reconnaissance mode

It’s premature to say whether Calgary should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, but the decision will be guided, to some extent, by the findings of a city delegation making the rounds in Pyeongchang as part of an observer program.

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