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Chris Selley: Eventually Justin Trudeau will have to sell some policies and not just old-time Liberal religion

On Friday evening in Markham, Ont., poor Justin Trudeau took the stage to address the federal Liberals’ Ontario supporters trailing bad news behind him like a bunch of tin cans on a string. 812 more words

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Christie Blatchford: Ford family's multi-pronged takeover bid has Toronto feeling like North Korea

Where am I? Is this North Korea? Can we expect Dennis Rodman soon to grace Toronto with a visit?

I had intended to purge the shelves of my home office Friday. 839 more words

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John Ivison: As referendum nears, Scotland seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown

EDINBURGH — In one of the capital’s many gift shops, there is a poster with a diagram of “the Scottish brain.”

It suggests the average Scot has a ready wit; a chip on the shoulder; an unhealthy interest in fried food; knows the first verse of… 1,321 more words

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Andrew Coyne on the Reform Act's lesson: Party leaders have made Canadian democracy unreformable

How could it have been otherwise? Were the party leaders going to give up any of their present dominance over caucus, even to so slight a degree? 1,090 more words

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Robyn Urback: Why Doug Ford is no Rob Ford

An intangible air of ordinariness, ironically, has carried mayor Rob Ford through his many extraordinary challenges. His bumbling gaffes along and more egregious episodes of misconduct have been reliably defended by Ford Nation loyalists, who excuse Ford’s errors as failing of the species, not of Ford’s character. 700 more words

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Kelly McParland: Facing 'battle of a lifetime' Rob Ford pulls a switcheroo and runs brother Doug in his place

Only a city that had been softened up by three years of the Ford family’s non-stop escapades could have absorbed Friday afternoon’s developments in Toronto without suspecting it was all some giant prank. 1,094 more words

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