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Isn't it amazing what happens when parties come into power – when the realities of governing, exposure to new information, and actually producing results are considered?

Tomorrow, the defence ministers from six nations will meet in Paris to discuss an acceleration and intensification of the coalition's efforts against the Islamic State. Canada will not be present. What does this absence mean?

It is difficult to characterize 14 dead and 17 wounded as anything other than a shock to the United States. If Paris changed France, San Bernardino changes America.

At first, I thought the government was going to be tone-deaf to the entreaties of the military, of pundits, and premiers that the refugee airlift to Canada needed to be slowed down...

One month in, we're getting an idea of the new government's decision making.

When asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, Former UK PM, Harold Macmillan, is reputed to have answered "Events my boy, events."

The Munk Debate on Monday was by far the best debate so far in this campaign. It was civil, generally not a cacophony, and Canadians could hear leaders positions on a variety of themes – well articulated and without interruption.  We are better for that, and congratulations to Munk and Rudyard Griffiths for that success.  

Both opposition leaders speak of evidence-based policy, and they are right to say that.  But equally, they should refrain from fallling into the trap of emotions-based policy – which is what we risk falling into now.

It is 39 days into Canada's federal campaign, and there's a sense of "enough already"… at least the daily dose of the economy.  We know now the details of each leader's priorities with respect to balanced budgets, spending and deficits. We have a pretty good idea of how the economy would grow under the three differing options . There's enough information to make choices on that front. Enough already.

Being the leader of a G7 nation is far more than keeping a stringent eye on the books, growing the economy, and our national taxation rates.