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Tim Powers is vice-chairman of Summa Strategies and managing director of Abacus Data. He is a former adviser to Conservative political leaders.

Snap out of it: hair-trigger elections won’t save you

Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 10, 2024
Canadian political parties will find different lessons in the campaigns led by U.K. Prime Minister Keir Starmer, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, writes Tim Powers. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 10, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | July 10, 2024
Canadian political parties will find different lessons in the campaigns led by U.K. Prime Minister Keir Starmer, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, writes Tim Powers. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 26, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh still have lots to do now that the House has risen for the summer, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 26, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 26, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh still have lots to do now that the House has risen for the summer, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is doing nothing more than the bare minimum of public disclosure, and Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives have avoided digging their teeth into the NSICOP report in a constructive manner that could be constructive, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 19, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is doing nothing more than the bare minimum of public disclosure, and Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives have avoided digging their teeth into the NSICOP report in a constructive manner that could be constructive, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 12, 2024
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s direction on the changes to the capital gains tax structure is facile at best, and deliberately divisive at worst, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 12, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | June 12, 2024
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s direction on the changes to the capital gains tax structure is facile at best, and deliberately divisive at worst, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 29, 2024
A Newfoundland Regiment soldier who died in France in 1916 was returned to his home province on May 25, the first time a sub-national government has ever brought an unknown soldier home. Screenshot courtesy of CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 29, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 29, 2024
A Newfoundland Regiment soldier who died in France in 1916 was returned to his home province on May 25, the first time a sub-national government has ever brought an unknown soldier home. Screenshot courtesy of CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 22, 2024
The Justin Trudeau-Pierre Poilievre tango doesn't have much room for much else, and that is not good for political discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 22, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 22, 2024
The Justin Trudeau-Pierre Poilievre tango doesn't have much room for much else, and that is not good for political discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 15, 2024
Rex Murphy’s passion for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada is something difficult to replicate, but crucial to emulate, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 15, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 15, 2024
Rex Murphy’s passion for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada is something difficult to replicate, but crucial to emulate, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 8, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is delivering a valuable message to the Canadian business community: if you want to move the policy needle, get more into the public selling and politicking of key agenda items, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 8, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 8, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is delivering a valuable message to the Canadian business community: if you want to move the policy needle, get more into the public selling and politicking of key agenda items, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 1, 2024
In this time of division, disrespect, and disruption, our nation is poorer without Saturday nights with hockey broadcaster Bob Cole, writes Tim Powers. Screenshot courtesy of Sportsnet
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 1, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | May 1, 2024
In this time of division, disrespect, and disruption, our nation is poorer without Saturday nights with hockey broadcaster Bob Cole, writes Tim Powers. Screenshot courtesy of Sportsnet
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 17, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done a lot of good for the Liberal Party, but it feels like he has reached his best-before date, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 17, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 17, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done a lot of good for the Liberal Party, but it feels like he has reached his best-before date, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s myriad pre-budget announcements since the end of March haven’t immediately appeared to move the needle in his party’s favour, writes Tim Powers. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 10, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | April 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s myriad pre-budget announcements since the end of March haven’t immediately appeared to move the needle in his party’s favour, writes Tim Powers. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 27, 2024
The Mulroneys, including Ben, left, Nicolas, Mila, and Caroline, were profiles in courage through the various stages of saying goodbye to their patriarch, former prime minister Brian Mulroney, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 27, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 27, 2024
The Mulroneys, including Ben, left, Nicolas, Mila, and Caroline, were profiles in courage through the various stages of saying goodbye to their patriarch, former prime minister Brian Mulroney, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 20, 2024
If Canadians still felt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the political capital he did when the carbon-pricing regime was introduced in 2016, his recent comments on ‘doing the right thing’ might have been viewed as admirable, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 20, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 20, 2024
If Canadians still felt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the political capital he did when the carbon-pricing regime was introduced in 2016, his recent comments on ‘doing the right thing’ might have been viewed as admirable, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 13, 2024
Sport and Physical Activity Minister Carla Qualtrough. The $104-million request from the sports sector is a small price to pay to help keep communities strong and encourage preventative wellness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 13, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 13, 2024
Sport and Physical Activity Minister Carla Qualtrough. The $104-million request from the sports sector is a small price to pay to help keep communities strong and encourage preventative wellness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 6, 2024
Then-prime minister Brian Mulroney, left, celebrates his 53rd birthday on Parliament Hill with sons Mark, Nicolas, Ben, and wife Mila in 1992. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 6, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | March 6, 2024
Then-prime minister Brian Mulroney, left, celebrates his 53rd birthday on Parliament Hill with sons Mark, Nicolas, Ben, and wife Mila in 1992. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
The reaction to Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s road-building comments demonstrates that the government’s main climate messenger is either dismissed as a messianic nut or politically naive, neither of which help advance a sensible, solution-oriented climate-change discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 21, 2024
The reaction to Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s road-building comments demonstrates that the government’s main climate messenger is either dismissed as a messianic nut or politically naive, neither of which help advance a sensible, solution-oriented climate-change discourse, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Some people have their lives ruined by decades-long struggles with their mental health, so why can’t we find a way to give them the opportunity to pursue medical assistance in dying, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Nik Shuliahin
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 14, 2024
Some people have their lives ruined by decades-long struggles with their mental health, so why can’t we find a way to give them the opportunity to pursue medical assistance in dying, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Nik Shuliahin
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Newly elected Conception Bay East–Bell Island rep Fred Hutton, left, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey were able to shake off ties to the federal Liberals and take back a Progressive Conservative-held seat in a recent byelection. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CBC NL
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | February 7, 2024
Newly elected Conception Bay East–Bell Island rep Fred Hutton, left, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey were able to shake off ties to the federal Liberals and take back a Progressive Conservative-held seat in a recent byelection. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/CBC NL
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
While there may be some broad comparisons that can be drawn in campaign tactics, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and former U.S. president Donald Trump are different, regardless of how the Liberals try to paint them with the same brush, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 31, 2024
While there may be some broad comparisons that can be drawn in campaign tactics, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, and former U.S. president Donald Trump are different, regardless of how the Liberals try to paint them with the same brush, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and Wikimedia Commons photograph by Gage Skidmore
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and former U.S. president Donald Trump will draw plenty of eyes over the next few months, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 24, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and former U.S. president Donald Trump will draw plenty of eyes over the next few months, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, left, died on Jan. 11, which also marked former PM Jean Chrétien's 90th birthday. Broadbent and Chrétien, while top-notch brawlers in the Commons, also happened to be very decent human beings outside of the political boxing ring of Parliament, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph and photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 17, 2024
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, left, died on Jan. 11, which also marked former PM Jean Chrétien's 90th birthday. Broadbent and Chrétien, while top-notch brawlers in the Commons, also happened to be very decent human beings outside of the political boxing ring of Parliament, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph and photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Jamaican jaunt looks clueless, if not cruel, to some, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | January 10, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Jamaican jaunt looks clueless, if not cruel, to some, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Unfortunately, the 988 system will be well used amid tougher economic circumstances, global strife, rising hate, climate worries, and a litany of other things that challenge our mental wellness, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Dustin Belt
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 6, 2023
Unfortunately, the 988 system will be well used amid tougher economic circumstances, global strife, rising hate, climate worries, and a litany of other things that challenge our mental wellness, writes Tim Powers. Unsplash photograph by Dustin Belt
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
It just doesn’t seem necessary for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, or former leader Andrew Scheer to treat every matter as if they are red rags to bulls, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 29, 2023
It just doesn’t seem necessary for Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, left, or former leader Andrew Scheer to treat every matter as if they are red rags to bulls, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals find themselves where they do in large measure because they have become their own worst enemies, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 22, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberals find themselves where they do in large measure because they have become their own worst enemies, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference on Oct. 26 announcing the carbon-price exemption with Atlantic MPs as his backdrop, it was hard not to see this as a special political deal for this influential group. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 15, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference on Oct. 26 announcing the carbon-price exemption with Atlantic MPs as his backdrop, it was hard not to see this as a special political deal for this influential group. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
An environmental campaigner and advocate before he got into politics, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault must feel disillusioned these days, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 8, 2023
An environmental campaigner and advocate before he got into politics, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault must feel disillusioned these days, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces measures aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians, including a three-year pause on taxing home heating oil for rural Canadians, in the West Block on Oct. 26 alongside members of his Atlantic caucus. The announcement is a major blow to the government’s climate agenda, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | November 1, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces measures aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians, including a three-year pause on taxing home heating oil for rural Canadians, in the West Block on Oct. 26 alongside members of his Atlantic caucus. The announcement is a major blow to the government’s climate agenda, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair announced her retirement from international play on Oct. 20. Screenshot courtesy of CTV/IOC via CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 25, 2023
Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair announced her retirement from international play on Oct. 20. Screenshot courtesy of CTV/IOC via CBC News
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have mostly provided a mature, responsible response the unfolding war in Israel and the Gaza Strip, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 18, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have mostly provided a mature, responsible response the unfolding war in Israel and the Gaza Strip, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
All of Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s moxie and enthusiasm likely won’t be enough to convince Canadians the Liberals are wrestling food inflation and runaway prices to the ground, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 11, 2023
All of Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s moxie and enthusiasm likely won’t be enough to convince Canadians the Liberals are wrestling food inflation and runaway prices to the ground, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
The cost of living is such an acute political problem in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Liberals because so many residents indicated they are either living paycheque to paycheque, or falling behind, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | October 4, 2023
The cost of living is such an acute political problem in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Liberals because so many residents indicated they are either living paycheque to paycheque, or falling behind, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Anthony Rota is a well-liked and well-respected person, but even good people of integrity make mistakes. When that happens, don’t fight for your job—do what is patently right, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 27, 2023
Anthony Rota is a well-liked and well-respected person, but even good people of integrity make mistakes. When that happens, don’t fight for your job—do what is patently right, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in July and then gathered them in P.E.I. in mid-August, there were a lot of crocodile tears about listening and recognizing how tough it was for people. But his audience has moved past words and seems to be longing for action, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 13, 2023
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in July and then gathered them in P.E.I. in mid-August, there were a lot of crocodile tears about listening and recognizing how tough it was for people. But his audience has moved past words and seems to be longing for action, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is not likely to have a road-to-Damascus-like conversion to middle-of-the-road policy, he will look to continue to demonstrate he feels people’s pain on the affordability front at the party’s convention this week, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | September 6, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is not likely to have a road-to-Damascus-like conversion to middle-of-the-road policy, he will look to continue to demonstrate he feels people’s pain on the affordability front at the party’s convention this week, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Publicly released research from different national data firms over the last six-plus weeks have shown Pierre Poilievre’s, left, Conservatives with healthy support over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 30, 2023
Publicly released research from different national data firms over the last six-plus weeks have shown Pierre Poilievre’s, left, Conservatives with healthy support over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Former senator Hugh Segal leaves the National Press Building in Ottawa in 2008. Segal worked hard to make the case for whatever he championed, but he did it with kindness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | August 16, 2023
Former senator Hugh Segal leaves the National Press Building in Ottawa in 2008. Segal worked hard to make the case for whatever he championed, but he did it with kindness, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph