National Newswatch

With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail

Sep 21 2017 — John Ivison — The great national tax revolt will fizzle by Christmas. That may sound a bold prediction, given the way the Liberal small-business tax reforms are dominating the political conversation — but hear me out. The Liberals are intent on changing the rules that allow small-business owners to defer taxation by using private corporations to make passive […]

Jagmeet Singh heckler video may be his Trudeau boxing match moment

Sep 11 2017 — John Ivison — The viral Jagmeet Singh heckler video has had 35 million views. That’s about 34.99 million more viewers than the average NDP leadership campaign event. For a contest that has chloroformed anyone watching, it was a rare moment of drama. There are some transformative moments in politics — Justin Trudeau’s boxing match; Jean Chrétien’s “Shawinigan Handshake” […]

Trudeau appears immune to political pathogens — but only so far

Sep 6 2017 — John Ivison — If Andrew Scheer didn’t expect much of a reaction to his Conservative leadership victory, he will not have been disappointed. These Liberals have never been more popular. At the halfway mark of the government’s mandate, a new poll by Abacus Data of voting intentions suggests Justin Trudeau’s party has a 12-point lead. If an election […]

How Justin Trudeau is governing like Harper

Aug 31 2017 — John Ivison — The Liberals were elected, in part, on their promise to end Stephen Harper’s evident contempt for Parliament. Harper, the Liberals argued, treated Canada as an executive, rather than a parliamentary democracy. Prime ministerial decisions were rubber-stamped using ruthless caucus discipline, eliminating the need for persuasion. The House of Commons was reduced to an arena of […]

Scheer and Poilievre to debut bon cop/bad cop double act

Aug 31 2017 — John Ivison — Canadians appear to regard the prospect of Andrew Scheer as prime minister with the same incredulity audiences at the premiere of Conan the Barbarian might have greeted the news they were watching the future governor of California. Tracking polls suggest the Conservatives are trailing the Liberals by around 10 percentage points and the new leader […]

Surprise! Doctors don’t like being branded tax cheats

Aug 29 2017 — John Ivison — Jennifer Chan, a 44-year-old physician from Winnipeg, works in the most economically disadvantaged postal code in Canada. She doesn’t feel like a “fat cat,” yet she is about to bear the brunt of the Liberal government’s new small-business tax reforms, which it says are aimed at closing “unfair tax loopholes” being exploited by the top […]

Is Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle a new dawn for Indigenous affairs?

Aug 29 2017 — John Ivison — It’s 2017 and two years into a Liberal government. Not surprisingly, post ministerial shuffle, the federal cabinet is still youthful and gender balanced but now it’s even bigger – more departments and a bulging 31 members. The most momentous change announced by Justin Trudeau was the decision to blow up the department of Indigenous and […]