Paul Wells

Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Previously, Wells was the political editor of Maclean's magazine. In 13 years at Maclean's, he won three gold National Magazine Awards. He moderated last year's Maclean's national leaders' debate, which drew more viewers than the two other English debates combined. His book The Longer I'm Prime Minister won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize and the Ottawa Book Award.

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Justin Trudeau ejects a protester

A bearded man rose, speaking in riddles. “People are troubled by what they have been witnessing this past week,” Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons. “Young, old, Indigenous and newcomers are asking themselves what is happening in this co...

Christie Blatchford, 1951-2020: She was one of the greats

The way the newspaper business is changing, there may never again be a Canadian newspaper writer who commands as much simultaneous admiration, affection, bewilderment and fear as did Christie Blatchford, the veteran columnist and reporter for just a...

Why shouldn’t Marilyn Gladu be a contender?

By the end of January, the 2020 Conservative leadership selection process was two weeks old and the field was settling into three strata: the front-runners, the nobodies and the ones who got away. Almost all the big names were in the third group. Th...

If a building isn’t a disaster, how can we be sure it’s in Ottawa?

It’s difficult to attend any announcement in Ottawa for any building, monument, public enterprise or expression of collective will without feeling a nearly overwhelming sense of foreboding. I’ve been a defender of Ottawa against those who call t...

Chrétien’s China and Trudeau’s

It was helpful last week of Jean Chrétien’s former right hand Eddie Goldenberg to make, in detail, a case several of his contemporaries have been making piecemeal for more than a year: that taking Canada’s extradition treaty with the United Sta...