John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail

John Ibbitson

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by John:

Trudeau may have saved his political skin, at the cost of public confidence in the next election

Any report by parliamentary committees and third-party rapporteur looking into potential Chinese interference in Canadian elections may not arrive before next election, says professor → Read More

Opinion: Population decrease is irreversible. How will we manage the decline of humanity?

To stop their population implosions, countries are turning to immigration, stimulating birth rates and strengthening social services. None of them might be enough – and the long-term fix might be a radical one → Read More

Trudeau’s Emergencies Act invocation a result of multiple failures

It was clear to everyone that the Ottawa Police Service had failed in its duty to anticipate and control the protests. But what’s revealing is why the OPS failed → Read More

Downtown Ottawa has been changed by the pandemic and trucker convoy

Empty offices and vacant storefronts have raised questions about the future of the downtown → Read More

Review: In new book, Pompeo offers up a valuable but troubling account of the Trump presidency

Pompeo’s memoir, Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, offers a cogent, well-argued defence of Trump’s tumultuous presidency from one of its most able officials → Read More

Ontario Liberals’ letter to Green Leader Mike Schreiner screams desperation

If Mike Schreiner decides to cross the floor, he will be damaging his own reputation as well as that of the Ontario Liberals and Greens → Read More

Justin Trudeau and Pierre Poilievre need to stop insulting each other

As a country, we are just not that polarized, though we could become so if our political leaders don’t tone things down → Read More

Why should Sir John A. take all the blame for Canada’s injustices to Indigenous peoples?

Tearing Indigenous children from their parents and forcing them to attend schools far from their communities, where they were subjected to disease, abuse and efforts at assimilation, and where some died, was an act of cultural genocide of which many prime ministers are complicit → Read More

Furor in Alberta over Ottawa’s Just Transition plan shows chasm of mistrust between Trudeau Liberals and West

Federal and provincial governments need to co-operate to reduce carbon emissions through carbon capture and other technologies while acknowledging Canada will continue to export oil and gas for years to come → Read More

Review: New Bill Morneau book offers insider’s account of first five years of Trudeau government

Policy wonks and political gossips alike will want Bill Morneau’s new book, which includes a highly unflattering account of Trudeau → Read More

It is too easy to forget how transformative Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been

Canada’s 23rd prime minister has attempted much and accomplished much, though with some major failures and unintended consequences along the way → Read More

A demographic apocalypse lies behind Chinese protests

China’s population may start to decline this year and the country will lose half of its population by the end of the century, if not sooner. This will will place enormous strain on the country’s economy and social fabric → Read More

Trudeau is partly to blame for Smith’s sovereignty act. How will he respond?

Danielle Smith’s sovereignty act speaks to Justin Trudeau’s role in stoking regional tensions, and the question of whether Pierre Poilievre would make things better or worse → Read More

Indo-Pacific strategy pledges $2.3-billion over five years

Document outlining new trade, security policy sees China as a ‘disruptive global power’ → Read More

New leadership could be the answer to Canada’s fraught federal-provincial relations

As any federal government grows longer in the tooth, it becomes less willing and able to embark on reforms or cater to provincial demands → Read More

Critics may scoff at Pierre Poilievre, but any politician opposing him should be concerned

The Conservative leader has figured out and matched the public mood at a time when that mood is dark → Read More

Polish missile crisis is sharp reminder of threat posed by Russia’s invasion

We are all potentially just one miscalculation away from Armageddon → Read More

The U.S. midterms offer a stark warning to Pierre Poilievre

The Conservative Leader continues to flirt with the crazies and the liberals will make the election about Team Normal versus Team Crazy. In his actions and words in the months ahead, Mr. Poilievre should try to make it harder for the Liberals to make that case → Read More

Doug Ford brings the hammer down too soon on public-sector wages

The climbdown is a well-deserved rebuke for Mr. Ford, but there are limits to how high public-sector wage, which are paid for through higher taxes, can go. Eventually, governments receive a public mandate to cap public-sector wage increases → Read More

Immigrants are the great insulators against the worst economic and political threats we face

The many millions of immigrants who came to Canada over the past five years are insulating this country against demographic decline, labour shortages and, most important, demagogues → Read More