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Matthew Fisher: Time for Harper to walk the talk on Ukraine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a chance to prove that he is not “all hat and no cattle” at the NATO leaders’ summit in Wales this week. 942 more words

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Andrew Coyne: 20 years later, the players in the Quebec referendum still haven't thought it through

The revelation in The Morning After, Chantal Hébert’s important new book on what would have happened had the Yes side won the 1995 referendum — or rather, what the protagonists… 1,010 more words

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Kelly McParland: Facing twin crises, the West looks for leadership and comes up empty

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was in Dallas on the weekend, looking for money and support so he can run for president in 2016. Mr. Paul preaches a particularly fervent line of libertarianism that would see the U.S. 798 more words

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Janet Daley: Barack Obama refuses to decide and fails to act

Just in case you thought that the Leader of the Free World was secretly harbouring a calculated, well-developed plan for bringing the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham under control and putting Russia’s imperial leader back in his box, Barack Obama banged that idea firmly on the head last week. 1,141 more words

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Anne Applebaum: With an unhinged Russia sending in tanks, eastern Europe has become a land of fear

WARSAW — Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: the children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. 935 more words

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Jesse Kline: Let's talk about pot, baby

Despite Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s assurances that “telling kids not to smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau,” it is clear to all but a handful of partisan Conservatives that the federal government would rather us talking about whether marijuana is bad for your health, than discussing whether it should be legalized. 919 more words

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Rex Murphy: As Olivia Chow flounders, Rob Ford’s fans show us that the common man still matters

It’s a pleasant thing to wake up in Toronto and read, in one of the city’s lesser organs, that (once again) “Toronto’s Mayor Ford has been cleared by the city’s integrity commissioner.” I don’t think it’s necessary to state precisely what he was cleared of — suffice it to know that it involved the Mayor, football, children, and a mass of goose feces (geese squat more frequently than they squawk) — a combination best left unscrutinized in this space. 945 more words

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