Tom Parkin

Tom Parkin is a political commentator with a social democratic perspective who has worked in politics in Ontario and Saskatchewan and in the Canadian labour movement. Contact Tom on twitter at @Tom_Parkin_.
Trudeau speaks with Governor General David Johnston following the Speech from the Throne on Dec. 4, 2015 (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

Lessons from Throne Speeches past: Don’t believe the hype

Tom Parkin: Far from a ’road map for government’, past throne speeches from the PM have been packed with promises for things that never happened

What the NDP is doing for Canadians

Tom Parkin: The party has never been more relevant as it pushes the government in its pandemic responses. What have the Conservatives done lately?

The time for Trudeau to draw a line with Trump

Tom Parkin: Canada has quietly tolerated trade attacks, tariffs and border trouble. But rising Middle East tensions present a more immediate threat.
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Jagmeet Singh’s minority government calculus

Tom Parkin: The NDP leader said he’d never prop up a Conservative government. It was the right thing to do—and a play that will strengthen his hand.
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Battle of the bads

Tom Parkin: With two unpopular party leaders, expect the coming election campaign to be heavy on the overwrought rhetoric and negativity
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Justin Trudeau’s only way out of this scandal

Tom Parkin: Admit mistakes. Call an inquiry. Ask for forgiveness. This is the only way forward and anyone who is truly loyal to the PM will tell him this.
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The battle for Quebec in the wake of L’affaire SNC-Lavalin

Tom Parkin: The response to the SNC-Lavalin scandal presents some risks for the Tories and a possible opening for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP
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The election battle lines being drawn

Tom Parkin: Andrew Scheer is pinned down with a Max Bernier problem. And Jagmeet Singh is finally freed to take on the struggling Liberals.
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What did the Liberals see in SNC-Lavalin? A company in need of a bailout.

Tom Parkin: If Jody Wilson-Raybould was standing in the way of a company that was considered by Ottawa to be too big to fail, she had to go
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The Huawei deal that the Trudeau government missed

Tom Parkin: The warning signs about Huawei and the Liberals’ starry-eyed approach to China were clear. This extradition mess could have been avoided.