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Globe Columnists
Friday, April 28




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In his last column for The Globe before retiring, Jeffrey Simpson writes about the sense of accomplishment that has taken hold in Canada, a sense of pride that transcends government and has become deeply entrenched
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, July 1, 2016 – Page A1
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-- If a country can be measured by its arguments, Canada is a lucky country indeed.We have made many mistakes.We have had our share of dramas and crises, real or imagined. We should not be where we are, a united and prosperous country, if language or ethnicity or religion or geographic propinquity or some ordered arrangements of what it takes to be Canadian had established the proper definition for a country.  FULL STORY arrow
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As his time winds down, Obama draws rightful recognition space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Barack Obama is leaving the U.S. presidency on a high, and it wasn't difficult to understand why, listening to him Wednesday when he spoke before Parliament.Mr. Obama has been vilified by his Republican opponents, excoriated by his country's right-wing media, accused because of his race of all sorts of malign things, while also being criticized by liberal Democrats and intellectuals for not having pushed harder for progressive causes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Post Brexit, Little England is in for rude shocks and a much tougher, limited future
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Page A11
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-- With apologies to Winston Churchill, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth were to last a thousand years, men will still say: This was their dumbest hour.The Empire is gone. The Commonwealth is irrelevant. The union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is about to fracture. Little England, post Brexit, will shrink unto itself; smaller, more isolated and insular, content apparently with its own dreams of past greatness and illusions of future glories, a country of less significance to its friends.  FULL STORY arrow
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Our 'yes' Prime Minister will one day have to say 'no' space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Page F7
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-- Justin Trudeau has piled up political capital since becoming Prime Minister last October.When will he spend any of it?Mr. Trudeau enjoys widespread popularity. His government is up sharply in public opinion polls since voting day, for what polls count. He's a smash hit when overseas; the cameras devour him at home. His government's style offers a refreshing change from the Harper government's ways of proceeding. The two Opposition parties' leaders are interim.  FULL STORY arrow
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CPP a rare bird that soars above politics space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, June 24, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Pension reform was a signature triumph of prime minister Jean Chretien's first government. Now, pension reform has become an early triumph of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first government.  FULL STORY arrow
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Will a long, loveless marriage end with Brexit? space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Page A11
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-- The high point of British support for Europe arguably came in 1975, two years after the country joined what was then called the European Community (EC). Since then, the British have slowly soured on European integration.  FULL STORY arrow
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In death, new life for Parliament space
Instructed to do a job - legislate - elected and appointed politicians did just that in a prolonged, serious debate between both houses
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Not everyone is happy, of course. Some people are very unhappy, of course.This being a litigious society, some groups are already preparing to run to the courts and all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, because they did not like what Parliament decided in the matter of physician-assisted death.  FULL STORY arrow
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A renewable reality: Fossil fuels aren't going anywhere space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Page F7
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-- The artwork for Ontario's Climate Change Action plan shows Ontario, circa 2050, as a paradise of cyclists, electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels, dense urban environments and homes powered by geothermal energy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario's green plan is policy on speed space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, June 17, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Complexity is the enemy of sound public policy, and subsidies are usually the least effective economic policy. Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan offends both truisms.This recitation will take a while, but patiently cast your eye through what follows.  FULL STORY arrow
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Search for new jet becomes a flight of fancy space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Page A15
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-- ''We will not buy the F-35 stealth fighter bomber,'' says the Liberal Party campaign platform.The Globe and Mail's editorial cartoonist, Brian Gable, is Canada's best journalist, and witness to this is how many National Newspaper Awards he has won.  FULL STORY arrow
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PQ sells secession, but few are buying space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Page A17
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QUEBEC CITY -- Forty-three years ago, in 1973, the Parti Quebecois contested its second election and won 30 per cent of the popular vote. Two years ago, the PQ won 25 per cent of the popular vote, a fivepoint dip after more than four decades of work.  FULL STORY arrow
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The cat-and-mouse game begins space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Page F7
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-- Behind the scenes, since these things have to be done this way, Ottawa and the provinces are starting to negotiate a new, longterm health accord.Yawn. Federal-provincial relations, especially when the two levels of government haggle over cash, can best be described as hovering between boring and stupefying.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why can't our airport screening be better? space
Transport Canada wants more money. But given how the work is done, and how passengers are treated, Ottawa should think twice
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, June 10, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Chuck Strahl was a well-liked and respected minister in the Harper government.One day, as minister of transport, he held a photo op-cumannouncement at the Ottawa airport. He promised measures to speed up screening at airports. A good news announcement if ever one existed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Europe the wrong culprit for what troubles Britain space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Page A13
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-- David Cameron, and David Cameron alone, is putting Britain through a referendum on continuing membership in the European Union.The Prime Minister did not start the so-called Brexit debate, to be resolved in a referendum on June 23. Brits had been tossing and turning about being part of what continental countries were devising since the creation of the first postwar Western European institutions.  FULL STORY arrow
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Economics are no match for emotions space
As Canadians know, it's tough to rally a 'No' side with academic studies and GDP warnings
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – Page A13
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-- When Quebeckers voted twice in referendums about relations with Canada, the overwhelming weight of economic evidence suggested the province would be a loser.Moreover, it was completely uncertain what kind of economic deal Quebec could strike with the rest of Canada, which would be the far larger country and in a surly mood after experiencing its own dismemberment.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Page F7
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-- General Electric has just announced that it will shift a state-of-the-art gas engine plant from Wisconsin to Welland, Ont.Wait until Donald Trump gets wind of this news. We can only imagine his reaction.  FULL STORY arrow
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NDP wins a round, but Liberals still hold cards for change space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, June 3, 2016 – Page A13
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-- New Democratic Party MPs crowed Thursday after the Trudeau government altered course on the long and winding route to electoral reform.The NDP had been unhappy with the composition of the parliamentary committee designed to study changes. It objected to the Liberals having a majority on the committee, arguing that the party had won only 40 per cent of the votes in the past election; committee membership should reflect votes cast, not seats in the House.  FULL STORY arrow
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How not to make a law space
A new, complex issue. An arbitrary, court-imposed deadline. This isn't governance
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Legal scholars like the word ''dialogue'' to explain the relationship between the Supreme Court, and courts in general, and Parliament.''Dialogue'' is a seductive word.Who can be against ''dialogue''? It means an exchange of views between at least two people, one perhaps learning from the other.  FULL STORY arrow
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Maybe Premier Christy Clark thinks the influx of Chinese money is meant as a vote of confidence in her government
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Page A13
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VANCOUVER -- China-watchers estimate (guesstimate?) that individual Chinese sent perhaps $1-trillion overseas in the past 12 months.We're not talking about private or public companies making investments, but well-to-doChinese who want some or most of their money somewhere else.  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper awaits history's verdict space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Page F7
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VANCOUVER -- Harry Truman is every scorned political leader's hero.Down in the polls as the 1952 election loomed, the U.S. President called it quits, his reputation severely battered having assumed office in 1945 after the death of president Franklin D. Roosevelt.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tories can't ignore climate change space
Protecting the environment is important to Canadians. It can't be an afterthought for the Conservatives
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, May 27, 2016 – Page A11
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VANCOUVER -- The word ''conservative'' derives from the Latin verb conservare, which means to preserve or conserve.True political conservatives, if they understood the roots of their label, would be strong environmentalists. They would be determined to preserve and conserve the natural environment, consistent with living in an advanced industrial economy, unlike some on the far left who want to return closer to a communitarian state of nature, and some aboriginal leaders whose idea of the future is to have their people continue to exist as hunters and gatherers.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Conservative challenge, post-Harper space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, May 26, 2016 – Page A13
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VANCOUVER -- Canada's Conservatives have been a remarkably quiescent lot since their electoral defeat seven months ago. No factions have appeared; no backstabbing has left blood on the floor. Anger has been bottled up and kept from public view.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why B.C. still isn't open for business space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Page A13
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VANCOUVER -- There might be more trying places in the world to build pipelines or a liquefied natural gas industry than British Columbia, but it's hard to know where such a place might be.  FULL STORY arrow
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The true believer behind Ontario's climate plan space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Page F7
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VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's carbon tax, although set too low, is at least clear, transparent and relies on the market to lower carbon emissions.By contrast, what Ontario is about to do to lower emissions is complicated, bureaucratic and relies on government to force-feed change. As such, it breaks just about every rule of public administration and sound economics. It is ambitious and visionary, but not all ambitions and visions are wise.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lessons from B.C.'s carbon tax experience space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, May 20, 2016 – Page A13
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VANCOUVER -- British Columbia was the first jurisdiction in North America to impose a carbon tax.The 2008 Carbon Tax Act set the levy at $10 a tonne of carbon emissions on all fossil fuel uses. The tax was increased by $5 a tonne each year until it reached $30 a tonne in 2012.  FULL STORY arrow
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Nuclear is the missing link in our climate debate space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comAn average-sized nuclear plant produces roughly the same amount of electricity from 4,000 wind turbines. So reports the International Energy Agency.A few dozen windmills, let alone a few hundred, can often be counted on to create a public furor in the area where they are built. Just ask the mayors in eastern Ontario where the provincial government is approving windmills over furious local objections.  FULL STORY arrow
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Farewell, self-promoting government ads. Good riddance space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comDo you remember them? A silly question, really, for who could forget the Economic Action Plan billboards all across Canada?Some of them are still around, believe it or not.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Page F7
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-- ''Canada is No. 1!'' former prime minister Jean Chretien liked to proclaim. Well, according to a new international study, Canada is No. 2.Not bad being second; in fact, damn good, considering that 60 countries were analyzed by the Wharton School of Business, one of the leading schools in the United States, BAV Consulting and U.S. News and World Report.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, May 13, 2016 – Page A11
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-- The Trudeau government has made so many faulty assertions to explain how and why it needs to change the electoral system that it is hard to know where to begin in questioning them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Liberals in action: task force here, policy review there space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Public Services Minister Judy Foote announces the creation of a task force to conduct a sweeping review of Canada Post, including whether door-to-door delivery should end, as the Conservatives authorized and the Liberals opposed. The task force will report in 2017 with government action to follow.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tread carefully before turning lofty UN goals into law space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comThe federal Liberal government on Monday accepted the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted in 2007 by the General Assembly after two decades of tortuous negotiations but never fully accepted by the previous Conservative government. What Canada's acceptance of this declaration will mean no one knows.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Page F7
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-- Russia, China and a chunk of the U.S. electorate share a sense of being hemmed in, misunderstood and surrounded by adversaries, the muscular response to which is aggressive nationalism. The portents for this way of viewing the world are not encouraging.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another battle for the NDP's soul space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, May 6, 2016 – Page A12
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-- Tom Mulcair was in fighting form this week. Doing what comes naturally, the NDP Leader flayed the Liberal government with his finest prosecutorial style, the one he had used as leader of the opposition so effectively against the Harper Conservatives.  FULL STORY arrow
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The sorry state of freedom and democracy space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Page A15
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-- The Trudeau government tends to see the world through the prism of its own ''sunny ways.'' Alas, many parts of the world are not terribly sunny these days. Freedom and democracy, values that we associate with peace and security, are in retreat.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why two trade deals are in limbo space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Page A14
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-- Canada finds itself in the odd and slightly uncomfortable position of waiting on two large trade deals, one in the Pacific region and the other with the European Union.The Liberal government favours both deals, the negotiations for which began long ago under the Harper Conservatives. No domestic opposition of consequence exists, apart from the usual grumblers who don't like free trade, period, but who are are no longer consequential, except in their own minds. Neither deal, however, is a sure thing, for reasons that have nothing to do with Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trudeau 'crystal clear' - and completely vague space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Page F9
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comPrime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he has always been ''crystal clear'' about pipelines.Every Canadian government, he explains, has understood its obligation to get products to foreign markets - products such as grain, minerals, lumber and, yes, energy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why a carbon tax is better than cap-and-trade space
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Friday, April 29, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comFinally, after years of delay, Canada seems ready to place a price on carbon that contributes to global warming.Holdouts remain, as in Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.  FULL STORY arrow
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Italy is making strides on its long road back space
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Page A11
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ROME -- jsimpson@globeandmail.comNo penalty exists for political imitators, so when an Italian cabinet minister declares that ''Italy is back,'' the Trudeau government lacks any claim for copyright infringement.Back from what, we might ask of today's Italy. Back a little from a long period of very slow growth, bordering on recession.  FULL STORY arrow
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Will Obama help Britain to think clearly? space
The U.S. President's straight talk on the impact of leaving the EU underscores broader worries about Europe
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Page A11
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LONDON -- jsimpson@globeandmail.comIt was always evident that successive U.S. administrations opposed Quebec secession. Every serious U.S. foreign-policy analyst who thought about the matter - and few did, it should be said - concluded that a united Canada best served American interests.  FULL STORY arrow
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A year after earthquakes killed thousands, The Globe's Jeffrey Simpson visits Kathmandu to size up Nepal's bid to adopt Canadian-styled federalism. He finds controversy, corruption - and cause for hope
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Saturday, April 16, 2016 – Page F3
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-- Most federations, like Canada's, result from separate units coming together. But what would it be like to go the other way: to take a centralized country - France, for example - and, without breaking it up, create a federation?  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – Page F3
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-- Even a year later, no one can yet measure the long-term effects of the two earthquakes last April that killed thousands of people, destroyed whole villages and toppled or weakened an untold number of structures.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Page F9
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-- New Zealanders recently voted, by a majority of 57 per cent to 43 per cent, to retain their current flag. Prime Minister John Key had urged them to support a new flag, a distinctive one such as Canada's, one without the Union Jack in the corner. In the early stages of the debate, it appeared that change would win.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, April 8, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comThe year was 2004. Paul Martin was prime minister. A set of premiers different from those of today sat with him to negotiate what became a 10-year, $41billion investment in health care, indexed yearly at 6 per cent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bigger problems than leadership space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Page A16
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-- Saskatchewan used to be New Democratic Party country.From 1944 to 2007, the NDP and its precursor, the CCF, won 12 of 16 provincial elections. The NDP captured bushels of federal seats, too.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Page A14
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-- Could a Donald Trump insurrection happen in Canada?No! Canada has had people with money, outsized egos and unrestrained ambitions who think they could straighten out the country's problems better than those who are elected. Canada also has people who feel politically dispossessed and look to conservative populists to voice their plight.  FULL STORY arrow
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A Quebec newcomer could tick the leadership boxes space
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Saturday, March 26, 2016 – Page F9
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-- October, 2015, cast a shadow over Canada's Conservatives.Their support declined nationally.They held their ground in many rural areas; elsewhere, they retreated. The party did especially poorly in urban Canada, except for one place: Quebec City, where the Tories advanced. That was credited not just to the attention that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government had lavished on the city and its surroundings, but to one candidate with broad political shoulders, Gerard Deltell.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 25, 2016 – Page A13
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-- The Trudeau government wants to improve the lot of aboriginal peoples in Canada. It wishes to elevate their economic standing, give them more control over their own lives, improve their often lamentable social circumstances and engage in ''nation-to-nation'' relationships.  FULL STORY arrow
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How promises kept become future problems space
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Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Page A17
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-- Two decisions, announced before this week's budget, will have lasting and quite probably negative effects on Ottawa's fiscal position and the country's economic growth.The two decisions - reducing the age for receipt of Old Age Security to 65 from 67 and increasing the number of family reunification immigrants - will both cause future governments trouble. Both steps were promised by the Liberals in the campaign. They kept those promises.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fulfill campaign promises now. Bill us later space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – Page A23
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-- There cannot be many groups in Canada unhappy about Tuesday's federal budget, if happiness is defined by receiving new or increased government spending.The Trudeau Liberals showered money everywhere, as they promised they would do during the election campaign in the name of short-term economic stimulus and long-term growth.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Perhaps Prince Hamlet became melancholy because something was ''rotten in the state of Denmark.'' Everything in Shakespeare's play suggests a country full of ''gloomy Danes'' was a troubled place.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 18, 2016 – Page A11
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-- No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude. - Sir Karl PopperSir Karl Popper, one of the great philosophers of the 20th century, once wrote a book titled The Open Society and Its Enemies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Donald Trump, the abrasive and ugly face of the Republican Party who will likely be the party's nominee for president, is the latest and worst manifestation of a drift that has been going on among American conservatives for more than half a century.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Nothing is inevitable in life, so just say it was overwhelmingly likely that throughout Europe, and even in Germany where the red carpet was rolled out, a political backlash would develop against the flood of migrants from the arc of instability stretching from Pakistan to North Africa.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Alberta's woes get headlines and rightly so, since the woes are serious and new. But Newfoundland's woes are more serious, structural and less easily resolved.Alberta is in rough shape; Newfoundland and Labrador is in terrible shape. Alberta faces a $7-billion deficit and Newfoundland a $2-billion deficit, but Alberta's population is about eight times larger than Newfoundland's. You can do the percapita deficit calculation in your head.  FULL STORY arrow
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A day when personalities and politics aligned space
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Friday, March 11, 2016 – Page A11
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-- It was a fine day for Canada-U.S. relations in Washington, from the public staging to the detailed agreements, a salutary reminder of the enduring friendship and shared values of the two countries.  FULL STORY arrow
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The common fuel feeding the Trump and Sanders fires space
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 – Page A13
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-- The political insurrections of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, wherever they eventually lead, were born of many factors.No single explanation obviously suffices for their successes, which now include winning their parties' primaries in the industrial state of Michigan. And the two men speak different political languages and offer sharply different prescriptions for the country. But the Trump-Sanders insurrections have a common taproot that goes back to the 1970s and a world turned upside down thereafter.  FULL STORY arrow
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Nothing gets U.S. attention like money space
Washington will look up when Canada engages in the world once again with dollars and deeds instead of rhetoric
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Under previous Liberal and Conservative governments, Canada's spending after inflation fell for foreign aid, defence and diplomacy. Canada ranks near the bottom on every list of comparable countries for spending on overseas matters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Page F9
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-- About 15 per cent of Canadians are now senior citizens, that is, over 65 years old. In a decade, seniors will make up one-fifth of the population. The shift to an older population is gradual, but profound.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, March 4, 2016 – Page A13
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comPricing carbon is among the best tools to combat greenhouse gas emissions.There is a good way to price carbon, and a less desirable way.Alas, most provincial governments are choosing the less desirable way.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Page A13
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-- When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers gather Thursday morning in Vancouver, they need to get their heads around some inconvenient truths.They understand, correctly, one inconvenient truth: that global warming is happening and needs, over the long-term, to be combatted. The other inconvenient truths they have yet to acknowledge freely, let alone confront.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is to meet with First Nations leaders in Vancouver today, might want to have a chat with Chief Ron Tremblay.Mr. Trudeau wants a new ''nation-to-nation'' relationship with First Nations. He hopes that this new relationship will allow things to get done where previously they have been blocked.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Canada's conservatives, in their various iterations, have always drawn at least some inspiration and suggestions from U.S. Republicans.Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney was chummy with U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper wasn't chummy with anyone, but he did pop up on Fox TV, followed U.S. conservative thinktank views and, as opposition leader, thought Canada should have lined up behind U.S. president George W. Bush's Iraq invasion.  FULL STORY arrow
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Restraint is fine, but is it enough? space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, February 26, 2016 – Page A11
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-- The world's most indebted subnational unit - Ontario - will carry on with another year of deficits, despite all kinds of favourable economic circumstances.Oil and natural gas prices are rock bottom, a boon for Ontario, a consuming province. The Canadian dollar is in the tank, a fillip for exporters. The U.S. economy is growing twice as fast as the Canadian one, which ought to help Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Deficits make sense when economies are weak. The questions surrounding deficits are about their size, what they are used for, and how long they should, or will, last.It is easy to slide into deficits, even deep deficits. It is much harder to climb out. The Justin Trudeau Liberals will discover this.  FULL STORY arrow
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Development is stuck at a yellow light space
Everyone's hitting the pause button on pipelines and other big energy and resource projects. But to what end?
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Canada has become a country of yellow lights, with project after project delayed by governments, courts, aboriginal groups and non-governmental organizations.No longer does the country have the capacity to make decisions about major projects that cause the slightest controversy.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Page F9
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-- A political brawl bids fair to surround the nomination of Antonin Scalia's replacement for the United States Supreme Court.Possibly a brawl can be avoided, given that several potential nominees are not known to have ideological slants. One talkedabout candidate has worked under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Still, when the Republican leader in the Senate declares that President Barack Obama does not have the right in an election year to nominate anyone - in defiance of precedence and law - a brawl looks more likely than a thorough, non-partisan examination of the nominee.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, February 19, 2016 – Page A13
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-- The inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, promised by the Liberal government, is getting wider and wilder.Its scope, length, cost and focus keep growing with every new pronouncement by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, who has become an echo chamber for the Native Women's Association of Canada, whose every claim the minister seems to endorse.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – Page A17
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-- Bombardier, the Quebec-based manufacturer, used to knock on Ottawa's doors so frequently and successfully that the Members of Parliament could have been called the Honourable Members from Bombardier.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Page A13
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-- The Trudeau government is very keen to promote innovation in the Canadian economy, especially high technology, to prepare the country for what is called the ''fourth industrial revolution.''This rather amorphous phrase, meaning superfast collection and dissemination of data and advances in technology, the likes of which we have not seen and can barely imagine, was centrepiece at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at which Justin Trudeau spoke.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Page F9
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-- What else could NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair say in response to a party report chronicling the shortcomings of the party's last election campaign?''As leader, I take full responsibility for these shortcomings,'' he wrote this week. ''I could have done a better job.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, February 12, 2016 – Page A15
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comCanadians, non-aboriginal and aboriginal alike, are kidding themselves, or at least placing exaggerated hopes in the wrong place.We are hoping that with more public money, aboriginal reserves will give their residents a much better standard of living. Some reserves can but most cannot, because of remoteness of geography, small populations, the lack of a wage economy and a host of social problems. Most of the successful reserves are close to cities, which are economic engines in today's society all around the world, have enlightened leadership and exist with one foot squarely planted in mainstream society.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sanders was and remains a phenomenon who both reflected and abetted the changes in the state
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, February 11, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Half a century ago, Vermont was among the most conservative U.S. states.Vermont, like neighbouring New Hampshire, voted persistently and proudly Republican election after election. In 1924, the state had produced its only president, (Silent) Cal Coolidge, who once opined that ''I have never been hurt by what I have not said.'' As president, he snored through the Roaring Twenties and retired to his homestead near Plymouth, Vt.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Asked repeatedly at a press conference to explain why Canada was withdrawing from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not provide an answer. At least not a clear one.  FULL STORY arrow
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Can Canada make a difference in Colombia? Let's try space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Can Canada help in monitoring the end to one of the world's most enduring and terrible conflicts right in our own hemisphere?Likely not, but it's worth making an offer, at least through diplomatic channels, to see whether Canada's peacekeeping experience can be put to use in ending the conflict between Colombia and the FARC guerrillas.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada's energy future is a long way from green space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Nobody, well, almost nobody, wants to hear the following news. Certainly not the Trudeau government.The news comes from the National Energy Board that looked ahead to Canada's energy demand and supply from now until 2040. The report is dry and factual, as is appropriate for a federal agency in these times of heavy-duty rhetorical debate around energy and the environment. Ready?  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada must be ready for a post-Obama America space
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Page A13
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-- President Barack Obama will be playing host to a state dinner March 10 for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The event will receive mountains of media coverage in Canada that will stand in reverse relationship to the event's importance.  FULL STORY arrow
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While unrepresentative of the U.S. electorate as a whole, these caucuses reveal a swirl of resentments and anger
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Most of the time, Americans call Iowa ''flyover country,'' a state to look down upon from an airplane. It's not a place to go unless you have to, which is what wannabe presidential candidates do every four years.  FULL STORY arrow
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Uncle Fred: The man with a green plan space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Page F9
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-- ''Mildred,'' cried Uncle Fred as he surveyed the rain through the window of their home on Gabriola Island, ''I have concluded that we must go green, really green.''''What prompted this, Fred?'' asked his astonished wife.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, January 29, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Politically speaking, Ottawa, the nation's capital, should be called during the Justin Trudeau years: Toronto-on-the-Rideau.Of course, the Prime Minister is from Quebec. His ministers come from every province of Canada, a fine reflection of a decentralized country. But behind the scenes, the moving vans have been heading up the highway from Toronto, and especially from the Liberal government at Queen's Park, to help run the entire country.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Page A13
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-- The Liberal government has made so many ambitious promises that a mixture of relief and surprise greets the discovery of promises it could have made, but did not.Take health care, an important area of social policy where the Liberals, being Liberals, made a host of smallish promises. However, several big promises the party did not make are as interesting and important as the ones it did.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Page A13
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-- That was quite a sales job Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a gaggle of his ministers performed in Davos, Switzerland, pitching Canada for plutocrats, movie stars, politicos and assorted others who run the world, or would like to run it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Sajjan will be wrestling with military spending space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Buying expensive defence equipment resembles a wrestling match. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but the bigger your opponent, the greater the likelihood of your defeat.Big defence contracts are complicated beasts. Getting them to arrive on time and within budget is not impossible, just hard, like winning a wrestling match against a formidable opponent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pipelines, politics and presidential prerogatives space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, January 15, 2016 – Page A11
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-- The United States, having nearly doubled production in the past six years, is now the world's largest producer of oil, the burning of which produces greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why the Energy East pipeline is a key test for Liberals space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, to her government's great credit, has tried for the first time to outline a comprehensive and serious plan for the province to curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.  FULL STORY arrow
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Slow growth now, no growth later space
Canada needs to get focused on future prosperity, and big infrastructure projects alone won't do the trick
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Canada is now a slow-growth country in a slow-growth political culture.The population is aging. Commodity prices are low. Oil and natural gas prices are hitting rock-bottom. The Canadian dollar has plummeted. Most governments are in deficit, or heading into deficit (read Ottawa). Innovation and the commercialization of research lag that of other countries. Productivity, the country's long-term bugbear, remains sluggish.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Page F9
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Are isolated reserves too small to succeed? space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, January 8, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Shoal Lake 40 First Nation got good news before Christmas: the promise of a $30-million road connecting the reserve hard by the Ontario-Manitoba boundary to the Trans-Canada Highway about 15 kilometres away.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why the West is an outlier in Saudi-Iranian rivalry space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Page A11
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-- For three decades, until the Treaty of Westphalia ended them in 1648, wars engulfed Central Europe. The conflict became known as the Thirty Years' War.It ebbed and flowed as Protestants and Catholics killed each other, and kingdoms engaged in what we today would call ''great power'' rivalry.  FULL STORY arrow
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Not-so-sunny outlook for Canadian growth space
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – Page A11
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 – Page F9
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-- Talk about bad timing. In the third week of February, 2015, an essay appeared in the sports pages lamenting the mediocrity of my beloved but often bedraggled Ottawa Senators. They were far from the playoffs, apparently destined for another postseason of golf, after bad trades, inconsistent play and yet another coaching change. Did somebody post the column in the dressing room?  FULL STORY arrow
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Republican race could run to convention floor space
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Thursday, December 31, 2015 – Page A13
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-- And then there were a dozen.With George Pataki's - George Who, you might ask - withdrawal this week from the race for the Republican presidential nomination, 12 contenders remain, a few of whom are serious in the sense of being potential winners, the rest of whom are kidding themselves.  FULL STORY arrow
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Reality checks await for ambitious Liberals space
The test for Trudeau will be to meet some promises, and walk back from others. That's what governing is usually about
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Page A9
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Why Ontario deserves the sting of the auditor's whip space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Saturday, December 19, 2015 – Page F13
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-- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne got herself photographed this week in a grocery store. The self-congratulatory occasion was the unveiling of the world's most complicated and convoluted method of selling beer.  FULL STORY arrow
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New Brunswick's fiscal jig is up space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, December 18, 2015 – Page A17
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-- New Brunswick is a fiscal basket case.The previous Conservative government knew it, tried to do something about it, was slammed by the then-opposition Liberals and lost the election narrowly.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Page A17
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-- The minister of the environment used to be the loneliest person in the federal cabinet. He or she held a portfolio that had no natural allies and many natural enemies among the departments in Liberal, Progressive Conservative and Conservative cabinets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – Page A15
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-- The world, like climate change, moves slowly.Eighteen years ago, many but by no means all countries adopted the Kyoto Protocol designed to halt the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 12, 2015 – Page F9
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-- jsimpson@globeandmail.comA lberta's pain is Canada's, too.The whole country loses when a downdraft hits the province's economy, principally its fossil-fuel sector.Migration to the province has slowed or halted. Remittances have shrivelled from workers who migrated away from their families in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec. Contracts dried up in Central Canada for material needed in the energy and construction industries.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Friday, December 11, 2015 – Page A15
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-- The federal government will give itself two months to figure out how to organize an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. They will need every hour of that period to avoid the inquiry being a waste of time and money, which it is very likely to be.  FULL STORY arrow
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A job for the people, not the politicians space
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By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Thursday, December 10, 2015 – Page A19
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-- Democracy belongs to the people, not political parties.Parties are necessary creations for structuring democratic debate. One or more of them forms a government after elections that, in turn, belong to the people, not the parties.  FULL STORY arrow
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When promises clash with fiscal realities space
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – Page A17
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