George Stroumboulopoulos is not the messiah. Yes, the CBC is doing its best to venerate his image, splashing his sideburns and warm, wet, beagle eyes on billboards coast to coast. But his slouchy shoulders aren’t broad enough to carry the weight of expectations.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
Before it fades into political lore, here’s a final moment worth savouring from the convention that made Stéphane Dion the new Liberal leader. The cheering is over. The big hall at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès is nearly empty.By JOHN GEDDES
I left Canada in 2003 after five years helping to set up and edit the National Post newspaper. I returned this month for a lecture tour of Ottawa and Vancouver to find that the country, despite a change of government and the subsequent shattering of the federal Liberal stranglehold on national affairs, has scarcely moved on.By MARTIN NEWLAND
Like it or not, Sgt. Patrick Tower understands why he is suddenly such a popular person. Six weeks ago, without any warning, the military he has served for 16 years nominated him for a Star of Military Valour—a bravery decoration second only to the prestigious Victoria Cross.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
“The best advice that we had was that this was the least expensive path for us to pursue.”—Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on paying out $3 million in severance to Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson after he resigned over $45,000 in unaccounted for credit card charges.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND PETER MACKAY Just one look, that’s all it took for reporters on both sides of the border to catch the chemistry between the U.S. secretary of state, 52, and Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, 41. The two spent the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 traipsing around the waterfront in Pictou, N.S., grinning from ear to ear.
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