NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is introduced by host Rosemary Barton during a townhall event in Toronto on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press.

Canada needs new political experts

During political conversation, resorting to “experts say” is bound to elicit groans and eye-rolling; it often signifies poor argumentation and uncritical, directionally motivated reasoning. There is no shortage of experts who can back up almost any opinion.

Leader of the NDP Rachel Notley, left, and Leader of the United Conservative Party Danielle Smith shake hands before a debate in Edmonton on Thursday May 18, 2023. Jason Franson/The Canadian Press.

Alberta is now a two-party province

Alberta is becoming more like the rest of Canada and even losing its distinctiveness. Rather than between the province and the rest of the country, Alberta’s importance differences are now internal and split between urban and rural.