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.
This was the week international investment in Canadian energy transportation went palliative following multiple bouts of protracted suffering. The industry obit will detail how a few chiefs, bestowed with the ceremonial title by their ancestors, finally proved there’s no way to move oil, bitumen or natural gas from the ground to the ocean, says Don Martin.
In a Canadian political realm hardening into partisan divides dominated by promise-breaking, polling-directed and scripted-to-the-comma political leaders, a welcome change is musing about entering a leadership race. A successful bid would be a big gain for New Brunswick and even bigger win for Canadian politics, writes Don Martin.
The oncoming year is going to be an epic one for Canadian politics with a general election, a key provincial election, a pivotal byelection and plenty of economic jitters here and around the world. Here’s how 2019 could roll out.
The imminent rollout of Canadian news stories of the year will be predictable. All important. All nation-defining. All second rate considerations to the main news event. For sustained national impact, intense political fallout and no clear route to resolution or solution on the horizon, there’s only one most-newsworthy story, the plight of Alberta, writes Don Martin.
For the first time in bidding-war history, a city which has already felt the magic of Olympic hosting gave the Games a pass. What should concern the International Olympic Committee even more than general global apathy for hosting rights was having a decisive Games rejection come from, of all places, Calgary, says Don Martin.
All it takes to do the job is the stamina to smile through migraine-inducing diplomatic dinners, the odd bill-signing ceremony and the ability to drone out a Throne Speech every few years. But it turns out that the real dream is life after you leave Rideau Hall, writes Don Martin.