National Newswatch

Trudeau taking foreign policy cue from Tory playbook

Mar 8 2017 — John Ibbitson — What a splendid job Justin Trudeau is doing in carrying out Stephen Harper’s foreign policy. Both men should be so proud. There’s been a lot of Liberal rhetoric about Canada being back on the world stage after a decade of Conservative darkness. Some of us aren’t sure fighting wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, or […]


In Tory leadership, it’s O’Leary pizzazz vs. dull-but-worthy

Mar 1 2017 — John Ibbitson — Even though he boycotted Tuesday night’s debate in Edmonton, even though he was not even mentioned by name, Kevin O’Leary dominated the evening. The entrepreneur-turned-TV-star has emerged as the man to beat in the race for Conservative leader. Party members must choose between Mr. O’Leary’s pizzazz and the dull-but-worthy alternatives. Dull-but-worthy is better than it […]


Voting for Conservative leader: What would Stephen Harper do?

Jan 26 2017 — John Ibbitson — There’s a simple way to cull the field of candidates running for the Conservative leadership. Ask yourself: Who would Stephen Harper support? The Conservative Party is still Mr. Harper’s party. He initiated the union of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties back in 2003. He has been its only permanent leader. The 100,000 or […]


Note to Conservatives: There is no future in Donald Trump Lite

Jan 16 2017 — John Ibbitson — To varying degrees, several candidates for the Conservative leadership seek to unravel the conservative coalition forged by Stephen Harper, hoping to replace it with a populist, nativist movement similar to the one that elected Donald Trump. Either they will fail and a Harper Conservative will win the leadership, or one will succeed, condemning the Conservative […]


Conservative Party’s fortunes hinge on immigration policy

Jan 7 2017 — John Ibbitson — The Conservative leadership campaign has become a debate over immigration. Resolving that debate could determine the party’s future. Because immigrants decide elections. In every campaign since 1968, with the single exception of 2006, the party that dominated the broad band of suburban ridings surrounding Toronto formed the government. Most of those ridings have large concentrations […]


Canada could end up caught in the crossfire of a Trump trade war

Jan 3 2017 — John Ibbitson — When Donald Trump rants against Mexico or China, he puts Canadian jobs at risk. Tuesday was particularly risky. By tweet-slagging GM for selling Mexican-made cars into the U.S., as the president-elect did Tuesday, and by appointing Robert Lighthizer, a China-basher, as United States trade representative, Mr. Trump reinforces his determination to bring American manufacturing jobs […]


The price Trudeau pays for failing to address cash-for-access scandal

Dec 16 2016 — John Ibbitson — The Trudeau government has suffered serious, sustained damage to its credibility, all because it ignored the Rhodes maxim. That is why you will long remember the cash-for-access fundraising scandal, even though you long ago forgot all about the Dionne affair. To explain: The Dionne quintuplets became an international sensation as soon as they were born, […]


Ottawa moves on plans for apology to those wronged over sexuality

Nov 15 2016 — John Ibbitson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has placed Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault in charge of defining the scope and nature of an apology and other acts to redress discrimination against sexual minorities in Canada, The Globe and Mail has learned. As well, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will introduce legislation on Tuesday that will equalize the age of […]