But no matter how many numbers Freeland plucks to show the economy's mighty growth in the free trade years, in those same years, most people's lives have hardened.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
Is it possible that tourism has reached the end of its life cycle, like, possibly, zoos? Residents in big tourist cities react a lot like animals in cages: pacing, then snarling.
What now for Chavez’s children? Events in Venezuela are the latest points of light for young, left-wing idealists to fade.
Don't mistake gossip about Trump's tweets, with real politics that affects actual life and impacts those you care about.
The arc of history is long, as Dr. King said, even if it bends toward freedom. But the circle of history, which returns to where it began, can look pretty extensive too.
Coming to terms with a personal odyssey to understand a murky family history that's clouded by cinematic imagery and time.
Although literature found its way into Bob Dylan's songs, and gave him "a way of looking at life, an understanding of human nature, and a standard to measure things by," it doesn't make him an author.
The symbols that would have the right to hang out proudly with other national symbols are all in decline. "O Canada" and the Maple Leaf are down, the Mounties and beaver, way down.
This goes well beyond a slip; it's a conceit with a useful history in disparaging Indigenous claims.
Socialism is no longer a dirty word and left-wing parties have valuable lessons to learn from authentic candidates who were able to attract the youth vote.