Power Play, a daily look at Canada’s political landscape. Recorded in Ottawa featuring all the political news and issues that matter most.
Hosted by CTV’s Don Martin, the program is a must for political insiders.
It's that time of the pre-election cycle when MPs ponder their private lives and then take the pulse of their ridings to gauge the odds of being rewarded with re-election or facing the risk of a voter pink slip.
While the U.S. ambassador's July 4th bash – usually a social highlight of the summer in Ottawa – was undeniably smaller than the 4,000 overcapacity crowd of recent years, but as a boycott, it was a bust, writes Don Martin.
After 195 shows covering 118 sitting days in the House of Commons, raging trade wars, travel controversies, ethical investigations and a lot of Donald Trump huffing and puffing, Power Play rests until September starting today. It's been a season of seismic shifts on multiple political landscapes, writes Don Martin.
I've always been proud of being born in the U.S.A., even after five decades as a Canadian citizen. Having access to dual citizenship in a country that gave so much to the world economically, militarily and democratically was a bonus branch from our family tree. Not any more, says Don Martin.
This unprecedented White House hostility is a moment to take advantage of the confusion in an American public which doesn’t understand why North Korea is lionized and Canada demonized by President Trump. The answer is not just retaliation, it’s also education, writes Don Martin.
Federal politicians across party lines should pay close attention to the rise of Doug Ford's support in Ontario and, in particular, the unconventional way Ford ran his campaign for premier, Don Martin writes.
Unfortunately for Trudeau, his government can't afford it, the Trans Mountain buy has badly-fractured public opinion and he is steamrolling ahead over the objections of British Columbia with the third largest GDP in the country, Don Martin writes.
It didn't seem a fair fight at first - a boy-faced Saskatchewan career politician who is the son of a librarian up against the rainbow knight astride his silver unicorn and shielded by a prime ministerial family pedigree. But after a year of Andrew Scheer, the rookie Conservative leader has not been jousted into the realm of ridicule by a star-powered prime minister trying to remake the world in his progressive image, Don Martin writes.
Kenney's insult digs below the political surface to a deeply personal level and, even in the blood sport of intergovernmental politics, seemed particularly pointless and provocative. Had he said it of a woman politician, he would've been groveling an apology by now, says Don Martin.
Saying sorry is the hardest word for politicians. It’s either viewed an admission of wrongdoing or a show of weakness. But Justin Trudeau has taken aim at becoming the greatest apologist in our history. In fact, the prime minister is apologizing for most of our history as regrets roll out, some for actions predating the birth of every Canadian alive today, writes Don Martin.