Stuart Thomson, National Post

Stuart Thomson

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Stuart:

Medicare meltdown: Wait-weary Canadians ready to embrace private care

No one knows how long the backlog for health care in Canda and the effects could be felt for years to come. → Read More

The health system is bad now. It's going to get a lot worse — and here's why

In this instalment of the series Medicare Meltdown, we take a closer look at how Canada's aging population is straining our health-care system → Read More

Constitutional originalism dominates in the U.S., but the legal concept may be gaining traction in Canada

'The living constitution judge is a happy fella. You always reach a result you like,' argued the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a proponent of originalism → Read More

Mandatory masks made big impact on Ontario's COVID-19 trajectory: study

The economists also found that a nationwide mask mandate instituted in mid-July would have reduced weekly cases by 25 to 40 per cent by mid-August → Read More

'You can achieve a lot if you don't seek credit': NDP looks to thread a parliamentary needle

Even as they negotiate legislation that satisfies both parties, the NDP and Liberals will be competing fiercely for recognition from Canadians → Read More

The conservative case for toppling statues: Why 'bad men' shouldn't be revered in the public square

'There's no doing without Macdonald in Canadian political history. But that doesn't mean that celebration has to ... conceal what is actually a very complicated institutional legacy' → Read More

Watch Live: Liberals to launch campaign to create one million new jobs, extend wage subsidy till 2021

This is a live file and will be updated as Governor General Julie Payette delivers the long-anticipated throne speech → Read More

The most popular idea that won't be in Wednesday's throne speech? A four day work week

As experts have noted, it’s an idea that would likely have to be worked out between employees and employers and not necessarily something the government would legislate → Read More

Liberals are considering a universal basic income, but economists have tough questions for its proponents

The government may have gotten a taste for doling out cheques with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit which functioned similar to a basic income → Read More

Quarter of Canadians uncomfortable with voting in person during COVID-19 pandemic: poll

Despite the uncertainty among Canadians, the pandemic has not stopped election speculation in Ottawa → Read More

The unlikeliest of unions: Conservatives look to make allies in the labour movement

The movement reflects a global shift among conservative parties as they try to vacuum up working class votes left behind by progressive parties → Read More

Facebook to assess U.S. political ad ban for use in next Canadian election

'It shouldn't be up to Facebook to decide what steps they will take to make our electoral processes more trustworthy,' said NDP MP Charlie Angus → Read More

The Great Unknown: Uncertainty reigns as researchers scramble to measure the effectiveness of lockdowns

A conversation is brewing about how much the lockdowns helped and, given the variety of situations worldwide, researchers have the perfect laboratory to measure it → Read More

Trudeau wants an early election, O'Toole says in first news conference as Conservative leader

'Justin Trudeau would rather play politics than do his job,' O'Toole said at a Tuesday morning news conference → Read More

Defund the CBC and shower parents with cash: Four things Erin O'Toole has promised to do

Earlier, O'Toole released a policy document with some ideas designed to appeal to the party's true believers and others to appeal to suburban parents he hopes to win over → Read More

The finance minister and the PM: Trudeau and Freeland face a political dynamic that breeds friction

Some suspect her ambition may be why Freeland, with no financial background, was given the portfolio: to keep her fortunes tied to Trudeau, and where he can keep an eye on her → Read More

What about recess? Schools get creative to avoid massive crowds in the corridors

Some still worry schools are piling on ineffective measure after ineffective measure that won't mitigate spread → Read More

Wealthy Canadians are sitting on extra cash after COVID-19 lockdowns — and struggling charities would like a cut

Think tank Cardus tallied changes in discretionary spending and found the wealthiest 40% of Canadians saved $1,150 on average in the first two months of lockdowns → Read More

It's not your imagination — study finds day is longer when you work from home

A massive study of the world's work habits since COVID-19 lockdowns went into effect shows the average workday is nearly an hour longer → Read More

Study confirms massive age differences in COVID-19 death rates, middle-aged hit harder than thought

For perspective, the researchers write that a healthy 55-year-old person is 50 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection than a car accident → Read More