Patrick Gossage

Columnist

Political commentator and writer Patrick Gossage was Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s press secretary. In 1985 he founded Media Profile, a public relations agency. He was a political adviser to former Ontario premier David Peterson and former Toronto mayor David Miller. He was a board member of the East Toronto social service agency Dixon Hall for ten years.
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Love can conquer all — inspiring stories for the New Year.

Love can conquer all — inspiring stories for the New Year.

In 1955 Frank Sinatra recorded Love and Marriage – go together like a horse and carriage. It took the popular music stoked yearnings for the enduring love of the 50s into new generations when it became the theme song for the American 1987-1997 TV series Married With Children. Unlike many non-human [...]

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Where are the politicians who put the public interest first?

Where are the politicians who put the public interest first?

Whether it is the use of the Constitution’s Notwithstanding Clause by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to deny collective bargaining to CUPE workers and legislate them back to work, or his blatant promise breaking to open up thousands of acres of protected land for his home building buddies, or the ganging [...]

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We all witnessed the failure of police to control the Freedom Convoy

We all witnessed the failure of police to control the Freedom Convoy

When thousands of angry, Trudeau-hating anti-vaccine truckers and their raging hangers-on from across the country occupied our capital for over three weeks, Canadians watched blanket TV coverage with horror and wondered what kind of country allows the lawless terrorizing of its national capital by “yahoos,” [...]

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Can a nuclear crisis like the Cuban Missile Crisis happen again?

Can a nuclear crisis like the Cuban Missile Crisis happen again?

ABOVE: Russian President Vlademir Putin. (RIGHT) Screen capture of a Russian Nuclear division train heading toward the front line in Ukrainian. (Image via The Telegraph) On October 22, 1962, President John Kennedy made a scary TV address that showed the world aerial photos of Soviet nuclear missile [...]

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Being seriously informed is the only way to save us from real political decline.

Being seriously informed is the only way to save us from real political decline.

Canadian Politics is facing a double whammy: A CPC leader who mistrusts journalists and believes in conspiracy theories, and growing distrust and reduced influence of journalists. The degradation of Canadian politics continues with the convincing crowning of Pierre Poilievre as the undisputed [...]

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Can Justin Trudeau rebuild his popularity?

Can Justin Trudeau rebuild his popularity?

Written in collaboration with Karen Gordon Politicians don’t go into elections to lose. It’s possible that the current low poll standings for Liberals against Conservatives and Justin’s personal popularity will remain low for the next three years. If Pierre Poilievre wins as CPC [...]

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Is renewal at the CBC another fruitless attempt at being relevant?

Is renewal at the CBC another fruitless attempt at being relevant?

The CBC’s flagship nightly news program, The National, enjoyed good ratings when helmed by national news figures like Knowlton Nash and Peter Mansbridge before changes led to a decline in ratings. Further format and host changes saw ratings pale beside CTV’s consistently strong nightly national [...]

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Previewing a Trudeau-Poilievre??????? fight to the finish

Previewing a Trudeau-Poilievre??????? fight to the finish

If Poilievre wins the Conservative leadership race in September, and it looks like he might, we’ll be treated to a three-year war between him and Justin Trudeau before the next election. Despite the traditional media’s ridiculing of Poilievre’s more outlandish policies and claims, [...]

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THE NAC: Canada’s Stage, Transformed

THE NAC: Canada’s Stage, Transformed

Feature photo by David Kawai It’s not often that the head of a major cultural organization has been able to thank both the Harper and Trudeau governments for major investments in their organizations. But on July 1, 2017, at the lavish opening of the revitalized and expanded National Arts [...]

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The Langevin Block

The Langevin Block

The imposing sandstone structure on Wellington facing the Hill and the War Memorial has quite a story. The Langevin Block has morphed from being the first building outside the Hill to house a growing civil service into a symbol of the power and influence of the Prime Minister’s Office which [...]

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