National Newswatch

Conservative leadership race divides along new poles

May 15 2017 — Campbell Clark — The two ends of the Conservative Party used to be the Red Tories and Reformers. Now, the two poles in the party’s leadership race are libertarians and social conservatives. In one corner, there’s Maxime Bernier, the free-market libertarian who says he is fighting for individual freedoms, who promises to slash government, abolish untouchable policies like […]

Trudeau’s determination to stick to a script undercuts his message

May 11 2017 — Campbell Clark — “As the head of government, the Prime Minister represents all Canadians and should be directly accountable to all Canadians,” the Liberals’ 2015 election promised. “We will introduce a Prime Minister’s Question Period to improve that level of direct accountability.” So step right up, Canadians, and peer into that new wellspring of direct accountability. Take a […]

A dirty little secret about governments? No matter the party, they all like to avoid scrutiny

Apr 17 2017 — Campbell Clark — Here’s a political trivia question: Which prime minister, Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau, ran on the open-government promise to strengthen the Access to Information Act, but then delayed and made lame excuses and failed to deliver? It’s a trick question, unfortunately. The answer is both. The difference between the two, however, is that Mr. Trudeau […]

Liberals to weed out positive spin to marijuana branding

Apr 13 2017 — Campbell Clark — In parts of North America that once had influential temperance movements, like Mississippi or Ontario, it’s still illegal to advertise happy hour. Long after prohibition became passé, governments haven’t lost the urge to express disapproval for the willy-nilly sale of intoxicants. And so, when the Liberal government moves Thursday to table legislation to legalize cannabis, […]

Liberals take wait-and-see approach with federal budget

Mar 22 2017 — Campbell Clark — The unprecedented ratio of words to numbers in Bill Morneau’s second budget speech was a good hint about what was in this year’s blueprint. The Finance Minister’s whole 3,300-word speech had only two numbers that came with dollar signs. Mr. Morneau mustered the verbiage to reassure and to conjure nifty ideas about the economic future, […]