National Newswatch

Canada’s new ISIS mission undermines the coalition: Fisher

Feb 14 2016 — Monique Muise

The federal government is placing troops at greater risk in the fight against the so-called Islamic State, says a veteran war correspondent, and it has not been entirely up-front with Canadians about it. Matthew Fisher, Canada’s longest-serving foreign correspondent with more than 30 years experience abroad, told The West Block’s Tom Clark that it’s clear […]

Feb 14 2016 — Emily Chan

As Canada prepares to pull its CF-18s out of the air mission against the Islamic State group and triple its efforts on the ground, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the military’s new role will carry greater risks, but that it is “what the coalition needs.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that his government […]

Feb 14 2016 — Monique Muise

News outlets across the country are imploding. From print to radio and television, the story is the same: revenues are going down, journalists are losing jobs as the industry becomes more concentrated. But even as these traditional outlets wither, there has been an explosion of information online, and it has never been more accessible. So […]

Feb 14 2016 — Eric Grenier

Winning a strong and stable national majority government means winning seats from coast to coast. And when those seats lie along the path of a cross-country pipeline like Energy East, that could cause some complications if different regions of the country don’t see eye to eye on building that pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with […]


Libs outspent Tories in first 100 days

Feb 13 2016 — David Akin

In its first 100 days in office, the majority government of Stephen Harper handed out about $4 billion worth of grants, loans, or other spending commitments. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, though, topped that in their first 100 days in office by more than a billion dollars. From its swearing-in on May 18, 2011 to August 26, […]


An east-west power grid, Canada’s elusive national dream

Feb 14 2016 — Kyle Bakx

Constructing an east-west electricity grid in Canada is far from a novel idea. Politicians and other leaders have openly mused about the idea throughout the last decade. Sharing power between provinces is once again on the discussion table, as B.C. Premier Christy Clark pushes the federal government to consider a national grid. The idea is […]


Oil crisis leaves the East barreling out of control

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The contents of a family’s life — an oven, a side table, old magazines — are unloaded from a truck into a yard overflowing with pickups, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats and trailers at Fitzpatrick’s Auctioneers. The lot has become a graveyard for toys that were easily afforded in past lives built on oil money, an elegy […]

Feb 13 2016 —

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada could soon join a military coalition to take on ISIS in Libya, a country beset by a civil war and mounting Islamic terrorism. “I had a good meeting with my counterpart, the minister of defence from Italy, [on military intervention in Libya],” Sajjan said following a NATO defence ministers’ […]

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Some pipeline projects should be allowed to proceed if they have an “indigenous licence” according to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.​ “We need to make sure that there is, I call this the indigenous licence, not just social but indigenous licence,” Perry Bellegarde told Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House.

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Trudeau wise to backtrack on eliminating deficit by 2019

Feb 14 2016 — Tom Walkom

Justin Trudeau is carefully walking back his pledge to balance the federal government’s books before the next election. It’s a wise move politically. It is also the right thing to do. The prime minister chose to signal his decision to backtrack in an interview with the Montreal daily La Presse published Thursday. “If we look […]

Bob Hepburn

Kathleen Wynne facing 2018 election disaster

Feb 14 2016 — Bob Hepburn

Barring a miracle, Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are facing the real threat of being trounced in the next provincial election in 2018. Indeed, the Progressive Conservatives under new leader Patrick Brown may easily wind up forming a majority government. That grim reality came into sharp focus for Wynne and the ruling Liberals […]

Jim Warren

It’s time to define Canada’s role in NATO

Feb 14 2016 — Jim Warren

It’s time for the federal government to formally consult with all Canadians about the future of Canada’s military role on the global stage and within NATO. We need to agree on our role and the sacrifices we are willing to make to pay for our safety and freedom. We need to define our role as […]


No Conservative Valentine love in Atlantic Canada

Feb 14 2016 — Mark Bonokoski

In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose made a trip to Halifax to express her party’s love of Atlantic Canada, and to seek reasons for that love being so unrequited. Truth be known, though, there was not much love there to concede after 10 years of a Stephen Harper government, particularly […]


Is Mulcair prepared for perpetual opposition?

Feb 13 2016 — Jeffrey Simpson

What else could NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair say in response to a party report chronicling the shortcomings of the party’s last election campaign? “As leader, I take full responsibility for these shortcomings,” he wrote this week. “I could have done a better job.” It is said that defeat is an orphan and victory has 1,000 […]


Bombardier bailout just more of the same old

Feb 13 2016 — Andrew Coyne

The government of Canada would like you to know how reluctant, how unwilling, how supremely disinclined it is to bail out Bombardier. Not that it isn’t going to, or that there was ever the slightest doubt it would. But when it inevitably does, you are meant to understand what a hard bargain it struck.


Would somebody please stand up for Alberta? Maybe the government?

Feb 13 2016 — Don Braid

Who’s harder on Alberta — them, or us? It’s getting hard to tell. British Columbia insulted the whole provincial record in a throne speech. This was a uniquely low moment in Canadian interprovincial relations. “Alberta lost its focus,” the speech said. “They expected their resource boom never to end, failed to diversify their economy and […]

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