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Past articles by Martin:

Here’s why I can beat Doug Ford

The five candidates to lead the Ontario Liberal Party each tell Martin Regg Cohn why they are the best choice to defeat the Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election. → Read More

Doug Ford sees a problem in surging electricity demand — and an answer in nuclear power

Ontario has long been governed by a love-hate relationship with nuclear power. Now the Ford government is making up for lost time, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau got squeezed in a multibillion-dollar bidding war they couldn’t afford to lose

Spending more to keep a Stellantis EV battery plant in Ontario was a cost of doing business, and a cost of doing government, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Doug Ford’s patronage controversy builds on a pattern of poor decision-making

The gravy train is rolling again, and the premier is taking us all for a ride, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

It’s nonsense to argue Olivia Chow’s win is invalid. But there’s a better way to count votes

An election clears the air going forward. But looking back, it’s now easier to see through the fog of the battle, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

None of Toronto’s mayoral candidates speak to you? Here’s why you should vote anyway

They say that in a democracy, the people are always right. But that’s only true if the people exercise their right to vote, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Here’s what our Supreme Court got right about irregular migration

The notion that Canada should countenance risky or merely irregular measures for those fleeing supposed uncertainty or misery in America has no serious foundation in refugee law or the Charter of Rights, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Bonnie Crombie put her foot in her mouth. But is it game over?

A faux pas need not be fatal. Just ask Doug Ford, who had more serious stumbles when he first entered provincial politics five years ago, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Taxing booze, tickets and vehicles: Toronto has the power. Maybe it’s time the next mayor used it

Bashing the premier may be a crowd-pleasing tactic on the campaign trail, but it won’t play so well across the bargaining table, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Toronto mayor candidates are attacking Doug Ford. But is that a winning strategy?

Most of the candidates are running hard against the premier even though he’s not the front-runner to be overtaken ― merely the provincial overlord to be opposed at every opportunity, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

After ducking for so long, Doug Ford may be in over his head. Can he undo the damage?

How do you explain Ford’s sudden change of heart — or tactics — after being so silent and sullen for so long in the legislature?, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Who can play dragon slayer and defeat Doug Ford? Here’s where we’ll find them

There’s a real reason to pay attention to the Liberal contest: This race might be the only hope for those who wish to defeat Doug Ford’s Tories, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

York’s Catholic school trustees are abusing their power by refusing to raise the Pride flag. Their day of reckoning is coming

No major political party has yet found the political will to dismantle this province’s separate school system but that can change, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

David Johnston isn’t the only casualty of opposition attacks

We fret about fidelity to democracy yet we wonder why people are losing faith, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Doug Ford’s idea of lowering auto insurance rates means you pay your own repair bill

Rising rates for auto insurance are raising the stakes for politicians. Premier Doug Ford keeps promising a fix, insisting he inherited a broken system from the last Liberal government. That’d be a full five years and two elections since he took over, but the blame game goes on. The Liberals had talked up a 15 per cent reduction when they were in power. But they later reduced that promise to a… → Read More

Canada can’t run away from the mess it made worse in Sudan

We may be spectators now, barely paying attention, but we were once in the thick of it in Sudan, profiting from an impoverished country’s oil boom, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Bonnie Crombie is a game changer. Here’s why Doug Ford is worried about her

Crombie wants to take the Liberals back to the centre believing that the party’s leftward drift drove voters into Ford’s arms, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Why Doug Ford is happy to split up Peel Region

If it sounds like the premier is buying peace in our time, perhaps he believes it’s worth the price, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Caroline Mulroney had four years to fix the Metrolinx mess. What has she been doing?

The Crosstown LRT is going nowhere fast on this transportation minister’s watch, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Here’s why Toronto’s bloated race for mayor is bad for democracy

It’s time to get serious about the nomination process so that our elections don’t turn into comedy routines where the joke is on us, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More