Eugene Lang is an adjunct professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is co-author (with Janice Stein) of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar. During the Chrétien and Martin governments, Lang was chief of staff to two ministers of national defence.

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Élections 2015

Several public opinion surveys taken over the past few months confirm this view offered by a veteran parliamentarian. For the first time in a quarter century Canadians head into a federal election in which the …

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Is the “business Liberal” extinct?

C .D. Howe. Mitchell Sharp. Donald Macdonald. Charles “Bud” Drury. Edgar Benson. Don Johnston. Robert Winters. Bob Andras. Paul Martin. John Manley. Doug Young. Roy MacLaren. Anne McLellan. Some of these names are long forgotten; others …

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Ottawa’s dirty little secret

Professional athletes know better than most that when a muscle isn’t used it doesn’t take long for atrophy to set in, no matter how well developed that muscle once was.  And when the muscle is …

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The era of gigantic government is upon us

“This is the largest economic program in Canada’s history,” proclaimed Prime Minister Trudeau on April 1.  It was not an April Fool’s joke.  In the battle against COVID-19, the federal government is acting on a scale and at …

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The shelf life of defence White Papers

The Trudeau government has just published their much anticipated defence White Paper. Titled Strong, Secure, Engaged, the document was the product of unprecedented public consultations, ranging from round tables chaired by the Minister of National …

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The Trudeaus and western alienation

Like father, like son. Nearly 40 years ago, in February 1980, Pierre Trudeau won a majority government with two seats in western Canada and none west of Manitoba. A year later the Trudeau Liberals unveiled the …

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