Current Scandals

The Problem with Trudeau’s Never-ending War - Loonie Politics

  This is going to come across as paradoxical, but sometimes the worst thing that can happen to a political cause is winning. After all, once you’ve vanquished whatever evil force it is you’re battling for the good of humanity, it’s possible your side will lose its raison d’être. No enemy ...

A menu change could save the planet and ourselves

Philip Wollen was still an executive at Citibank when a visit to a client’s slaughterhouse three decades ago transformed his worldview. He became a global champion for animal justice, particularly after a speech he gave, “Should Animals Be Off the Menu?”, went viral. In light of the recent EA ...

Alberta's Derek Fildebrandt wades into gun control debate with defiant Tweet

David J.Climenhaga It shouldn't be a surprise, I suppose, that Derek Fildebrandt has publicly gone all Charlton Heston on us. I speak, of course, of Alberta's recently rebranded Freedom Conservative Party leader's Hestonesque Twitter outburst Friday in response to talk the federal Liberal govern ...

Is it time to amalgamate school boards in Alberta? - Loonie Politics

  Catholic school boards in Alberta are not shy about sticking their heads above the parapet, despite the number of spears and rocks hurled from opponents. The most recent simmering controversy is over employment agreements teachers at Catholic schools are required to sign, some of which requir ...

Saving Robert Schellenberg will be a daunting task for Trudeau government

Karl Nerenberg A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for the crime of drug smuggling, and the Canadian government is taking two tracks in its efforts to save his life. Even before a regional Chinese court imposed the death sentence, the Trudeau government had a ...

Learn the difference between expenses for the office and for its holder - Loonie Politics

  If you’re new to political punditry, if it’s a slow news week, or if everyone else has covered every possible angle of the scandal du jour, you can always write about government spending.  A questionable purchase by those elected to represent the taxpayer’s interests can turn itself in ...

Spaghetti dinner with Doug Ford welcomed change to Ontario political fundraising - Loonie Politics

  It shouldn’t be noteworthy that the Premier of Ontario will be sharing some spaghetti with supporters this weekend, but somehow it is. Doug Ford will be headlining a $25-a-plate pasta dinner in Kitchener on Friday, his first since loosening Kathleen Wynne’s overzealous restrictions on cam ...

PG&E’s Very Unhappy New Year

Pacific Gas & Electric has entered 2019 in a state of crisis. The California utility faces renewed, if unconfirmed, reports of imminent bankruptcy preparations and plans to sell off its natural-gas operations to manage its massive liabilities from the deadly wildfires of the past two years. And w ...

Tesla’s Quarterly Production Numbers Cap an Awesome, Amazing, Horrible 2018

When it comes to thoughts of Tesla and Elon Musk on Twitter and in the real world, there’s not a lot of middle ground. Musk is either a once-in-a-generation genius who has bested the auto industry and will help humanity escape fossil fuels and slip the bonds of our planet (at $4,000 per share). ...

Revealing The Secret Behind Populist Sleight-Of-Hand - Loonie Politics

  Happy New Year!  Now that you’ve had your holiday helpings of political report cards and predictions that are almost certain to not come true, I thought I would kick off 2019 with a description of this year’s political arc as it will actually happen, not as the pundits would lik ...