Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference after police ended three weeks of occupation of the capital by protesters seeking to end coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Feb. 21, 2022. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

The truckers brought chaos to Ottawa. What can we learn from them?

Paul Wells: How the misguided fuelling of an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality gave us chaos and a hot tub on Parliament Hill

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller, rises during Question Period, Dec. 13, 2021 in Ottawa. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

Federal government pledges $40 billion for First Nations child welfare

Politics Insider for Dec 14, 2021: Funds for Indigenous child welfare; Anand apologizes for military sexual misconduct; and Trudeau’s out of the Bill 21 fight for now

99 stupid things the government did with your money: Part III

Disappearing bike lanes, pricy picture-hanging, strip club cash

99 stupid things the government did with your money: Part I

Blue Bombers season tickets, caviar and Black Eyed Peas


Military sent fishing for dirt on MacKay’s critics

It wasn’t a great fall for Defence Minister Peter MacKay. The rugby-playing Nova Scotian spent much of his autumn fighting off allegations he used a search-and-rescue helicopter as a personal taxi. Lucky for him, he had backup.


Ottawa’s high-flying bureacrats

Newly-released figures show senior federal bureaucrats paid exorbitant rates to fly to Paris, London and other destinations. Airfares purchased by officials with the Privy Council, the Prime Minister’s own department, for the final quarter of 2011 have been posted online and include several expensive trips abroad, reports the Canadian Press. One assistant secretary flew round trip to London at a cost of $6,855; a clerk paid $6,625 for the same trip. What class they were flying is unknown, but an economy ticket for a return trip between Ottawa and London can be booked two weeks in advance for less than $1,000. Flights to Paris, another favourite destination among civil servants, Dublin and other European cities were also booked at prices ranging from $4,000 to $6,000.

Bureaucrats posed for citizenship ceremony in Sun TV stunt

Documents reveal fakery was coordinated with employees in Jason Kenney’s department


Less worse off

Stephen Gordon considers how much credit the government can take for our relatively good economic situation.


Great moments in communications

The Privy Council Office explains that there’s been no “formal directive” to rebrand everything the “Harper Government.”


‘Canada is, and always has been, our country’

The prepared text for the Prime Minister’s remarks to supporters this afternoon to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his government.


She can’t seem to get it right

Not even Germany’s enviable economic position is helping Angela Merkel from declining in the polls


How to make a cabinet

In Canada it involves a complex mix of postal codes and chromosomes