Farewell Lacombe

I feel like I’ve written this column enough times now that there’s no possible way for it to sound original, but I’ll try. This is the last time my words will appear in this space and the last time you’ll see my balding mug accompany them. You’re welcome.

Increase defence spending

Donald Trump recently made headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden. But even President Barack Obama publicly pointed out, in his address to Parliament no less, that Canada should contribute “its full share to common security.”

Trump can't even satisfy Republicans

Whatever hopes Republicans may have had of their candidate salvaging a vestige of respectability from the charred rubble of his presidential campaign, those are now gone.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on Oct. 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump clearing path for competent candidates

Get set for Hillary Clinton's blend of qualities -- call it anti-flash, quiet competence, a capacity for unsung hard work -- to take centre stage in candidate selection for the foreseeable future, not just in the United States but everywhere.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (Postmedia file)

Notley uses pipeline bid in carbon price wrangle

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is showing a taste for old-fashioned Canadian horse trading. She will not support a federal carbon price rising to $50 per tonne, she says, unless Alberta gets a pipeline to tidewater.

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