National Newswatch

Completing Canada’s emergency warning system

Jul 14 2017 — Colin Kenny — Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. In Ontario, unpredictable weather is a fact of life that can have devastating effects on people and property. Then there are the man-made ones such as gas leaks, chemical spills, terror attacks, and child abductions. You’re either prepared for emergencies or you’re not. Simply put, we are not. […]

Give the RCMP the resources it needs

Apr 5 2017 — Colin Kenny — Last year, Public Safety Minister Goodale signed off on an annual bonus package for top RCMP brass totaling more than $1.7 million. The bonuses were doled out among 96 senior officers and included $295,514 for six Deputy Commissioners – a nine percent increase over their 2015 bonuses. The six deputies have difficult jobs and between […]

Courage in Communication

Feb 20 2017 — Colin Kenny — When it comes to retail politics, Justin Trudeau and his father are not cut from the same cloth. Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s public persona was self-contained, enigmatic and, at times, abrasively combative.  In private, he was sensitive, caring and thoughtful, but the public did not often see that side of him. When he toured, we made […]

Smoot-Hawley’s Misguided Folly

Feb 14 2017 — Colin Kenny — In June 1930, the Congress of the United States passed the “Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act”, named for its Republican sponsors, Utah Senator Reed Smoot and Oregon Representative Willis Hawley. The original piece of legislation was designed to protect American agriculture but within days, other industries began storming Washington demanding similar protections. The thinking was that tariffs […]

No Medals for You!

Jan 20 2017 — Colin Kenny — It’s not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites. But it seems that’s exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done. Since 1967, the Government of Canada has marked […]

Time to Make Airport Security Swifter, Smarter, Safer

Nov 5 2016 — Colin Kenny — If you’ve flown anywhere in Canada recently, there’s a good chance you’ve had to deal with the headache of longer than normal wait times at security screening.  You also wouldn’t be wrong in thinking wait times are getting worse. Since 2013, the length of screening times has deteriorated so badly that in their submission to […]

Transparent Competition for CF-18 Replacements

Oct 1 2016 — Colin Kenny — Donald Trump recently made big headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden – measured at 2 percent of GDP. But even President Obama publicly pointed out, in his address to Parliament no less, that Canada should contribute “its full share to common security.” Canadians are fond of […]

Time to Focus on Search-and-Rescue

Aug 20 2016 — Colin Kenny — Since the government took office last December, the Minister of National Defence has spent much of his time musing about Canada’s military role in Iraq, the CF-18 replacements, and a future role in peacekeeping operations. As important as these issue are, the Minister would be wise to spend some time on another file that is […]

SIRC fails the test of robust review

Mar 11 2015 — Colin Kenny — The prime minister loves to claim the review body for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) provides “robust” oversight. If by “robust,” he means weak, ineffective and half-baked, then I completely agree with him. If, however, he means the word as it is conventionally understood, Mr. Harper couldn’t be further from the mark. The responsibility […]

SIRC is not doing the job

Mar 3 2015 — Colin Kenny — If the prime minister thought public pressure to institute a more robust review system for national security would slowly die down, he has miscalculated. Last week, a number of former prime ministers and Supreme Court justices penned an open letter calling for the government to keep a closer eye on federal intelligence activities. While certainly […]

Canada needs a better system of watching the watchers

Feb 2 2015 — Colin Kenny — Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? While Latin may have gone the way of the dinosaurs, the meaning behind that ancient Roman phrase couldn’t be more relevant: Who watches the watchers? A peculiar situation has emerged in this country since 9/11: intelligence gathering has become more important while the review process for these activities has been diminished. […]

On Terrorism, Harper Is All Talk, No Walk

Jan 23 2015 — Colin Kenny — They say politics is show business for ugly people. And with only nine months or so until the writ is dropped, Canadians can only expect the theatrics from their government to reach new heights. No issue, it seems, will be spared the prime minister’s play-acting, not even when it comes to Canada’s national security. The […]

How we can improve airport security

Dec 23 2014 — Colin Kenny — As much as I wish the festive season was all eggnog and Christmas carols, the fact of the matter is the holidays have some drawbacks. Top among these is the stress of travelling during the busiest time of the year, which is made even worse by Canada’s half-baked airport security system. Ensuring Canadian travelers can […]

Ten Signs that someone is Becoming Radicalized to Violence

Dec 19 2014 — Colin Kenny — If there were any doubts remaining in the minds of Canadians that this country has a serious problem with domestic radicalization to violence, the events of this past year most surely brought them to a decisive end. The two terrorist attacks in October and the participation of over 130 Canadian citizens in the Islamic State’s […]