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Fort McMurray’s Clearwater River “should be a tourist destination”

Gene Ouellette and Steve Auty took me on an exhilarating tour of Fort McMurray’s Clearwater River, a world heritage river where locals enjoy fishing and boating. We talk about how oil and bitumen seeps into the river naturally. (It has nothing to do with the energy industry.) The thriving natural surroundings, like the fast growing […]

Alberta NDP hires staffer with violent criminal past

Rachel Notley just hired a Manitoba NDP activist with a violent criminal past to be one of Alberta’s highest public officials. Notley hired Brent Michael Dancey to be the chief of staff to Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s controversial minister of environment and the status of women. Dancey is a convicted criminal who was sentenced to nine […]

Chris Christie launching a ‘noble’ effort to ‘change the world’

New Jersey governor launches bid for U.S. presidency The post Chris Christie launching a ‘noble’ effort to ‘change the world’ appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Trudeau, Dion and the Green Shift

Liberals still wince, a little bit, when reminded of Stephane Dion’s Green Shift. Some of them even attempt to rewrite history, and suggest they never supported it when it was party policy in 2008. But everyone did, including Justin Trudeau, who – like a good soldier – came out to Vancouver in October 2008 to […]

Mulcair honeymoon ending in 5…4…3…

In this, the NDP leader frankly looks not unlike a megalomaniac without a shred of principle. But, then again, the main source is Dimitri Soudas (a guy who allegedly has been investigated by the Mounties for stuff like this, according to the Globe), and the author is Martin Patriquin (a guy who trades in inaccuracy […]

Mulcair’s secret meetings with the Tories

Talks with the PMO in 2007 about a job broke down over money, sources say. Mulcair says it was different sticking point. The post Mulcair’s secret meetings with the Tories appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Greece — and Ontario — show what happens when socialists run out of other people’s money

The showdown is on between Greece and its creditors. The Greek government of Maoists and Communists is actually asking for even more money — and so far, the banks are saying no. But Greece’s economic problems aren’t unique. Ontario has the highest amount of debt than any other sub-national jurisdiction.  

Fort McMurray: When Hollywood director James Cameron “saw the reclaimed land, he turned around and went back”

I visited Keith Singer of the Fort McMurray Bumper to Bumper store, who told me what makes this Alberta community so special. “This is the place for the working man,” says the Halifax native. He says the entrepreneurial spirit sets Fort McMurray apart, as does the fact that most of the population is there by choice. Singer also sets […]

Justin Trudeau, man of substance

You can dislike what the Liberal leader is proposing, but he sure is proposing stuff. Paul Wells on Justin Trudeau's carbon proposal The post Justin Trudeau, man of substance appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Trudeau, CPC and the ISIS footage

There has been a ton of commentary about what the ad is. There hasn’t been a lot of commentary about what it isn’t. It isn’t: Proprietary: The CBC has tried to claim it is, but the CBC is mistaken.  There is no copyright in news.  Geist slices and dices Mother Corp., here: “The CBC is […]

For the record: Justin Trudeau’s pitch on the environment

The Liberal leader makes his latest pitch for "real change" The post For the record: Justin Trudeau’s pitch on the environment appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Obama, Clinton cheer gay marriage, while forging ties with homophobic Iran

Only a few years ago, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. That’s all changed of course, and last week they celebrated the SCOTUS ruling, with Obama going so far as to light up the White House in rainbow colours. Yet both of these powerful Democratic leaders also support forging stronger ties with […]

Dutch judge orders 25% C02 reduction — so let’s start by cutting off power to his home

It’s a bizarre ruling out of the Netherlands: Under pressure from a veritable Jim Jones-like doomsday cult, a judge has ordered the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020. Put aside the fact that C02 isn’t just harmless, it’s plant food, an essential element of life on earth. Has this judge considered the […]

NDP spots political landmine, decides to dance on it

So: If you’ve got the dough, and the NDP does; If you have achieved historic levels of popularity due to the other parties’ spending scandals, and the NDP has; and If you want to campaign against the Senate, and the NDP does… Would you make this issue a hill to die on? From The Hill […]

Alberta NDP appoints “crackpot” global warming “cult member” Dave Mowat to lead royalty review

The Alberta NDP has put Dave Mowat, a banker, in charge of their announced royalty review. That sounds promising, but on the topic of oil and gas, Mowat is a crackpot. For one thing, he’s been personally trained by Al Gore to give doomsday speeches about climate change. When you read some of Mowat’s extremist […]

This Fort McMurray Metis leader has a message for Hollywood environmentalists: “Stop it”

I spoke to Fort McMurray Metis leader Mike Desrocher about the progressive activists who parachute into his town, badmouth the oil industry, and jet out. He’s not impressed by what he sees as the oil industry’s tokenism, such as their financial support of aboriginal cultural events. That said, Desrocher also has a message for those […]

Fort McMurray “is the city that makes the dream come true”

I chatted with to two Fort McMurray citizens — one a long time resident, one a relative newcomer — both of whom are small business owners who love their town. A Haitian immigrant named Gary who runs two small businesses says Fort McMurray is “colour-blind” — and it’s where his dreams are coming true.

Can Justin Trudeau fix the vote with electoral reform?

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals want to change the way parliamentarians are elected. But who really wins with electoral reform? The post Can Justin Trudeau fix the vote with electoral reform? appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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