John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail

John Ibbitson

The Globe and Mail

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by John:

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

Trudeau’s aggressive federalism may leave Ottawa weaker than before

It may be Justin Trudeau’s most ironic legacy if his aggressive federalism ends up leaving Ottawa weaker than when he arrived in 2015 → Read More

Review: George McCullagh created the Globe and Mail, but he wielded more power than just the press

Mark Bourrie paints a formidable picture of a young, charismatic businessman, who wielded much power in Ontario’s social circles → Read More

Where are Pierre Poilievre’s climate change policies?

Pierre Poilievre says virtually nothing about climate change, and refuses to meet with journalists, dismissing them as Liberal shills → Read More

First salvo between Pierre Poilievre, Justin Trudeau proves pair will be formidable opponents in Parliament

Poilievre displays a level of confidence and control his predecessors lacked in debate, but after seven years in power, Trudeau is every bit his equal → Read More

In the world of politics, Pierre Poilievre has got it

New Tory Leader Poilievre has the confidence, the command of language, the derisive dismissal of the Grits and the offer of hope in troubled times → Read More

The polarizing Pierre Poilievre: Would he work to unite Canada as a leader, or continue the growing divide?

The challenge of transitioning from political attack dog to prime minister may be more than Mr. Poilievre can manage → Read More

Will Trudeau’s Liberal government open the door to at-risk Uyghurs?

MP’s motion calls on Ottawa to ‘expedite the entry’ of Uyghur 10,000 refugees who fled China into Canada by 2024 → Read More

Poilievre will win Conservative leadership as he ignores critics, focuses on ‘normies’

Most voters don’t care about Pierre Poilievre’s nonsensical opposition to the World Economic Forum, but they do care about rising prices → Read More

Canada’s health care system needs a shakeup as the status quo is failing

The healthcare system we have is collapsing. Is this really the time for dental care? → Read More

Bill Graham, a political rarity, was a beacon of civility in federal government

Mr. Graham died from cancer at the age of 83, leaving his wife Catherine, daughter Katy and son Patrick → Read More

Pierre Poilievre’s goal to block vaccine mandates doesn’t reconcile with public harm it would cause

Thanks to vaccines, polio became virtually non-existent in the U.S. for decades – until last month. As we saw with the spread of COVID-19, this is the price we pay for growing vaccine hesitancy in Western societies, writes John Ibbitson → Read More

The Conservative Party is about to become Pierre Poilievre’s personal property

It’s going to be Pierre Poilievre’s party – what he makes of it will be entirely up to him → Read More