National Newswatch

When it comes to NAFTA negotiations, we need to stand united

Jul 20 2017 — John Ivison — Another day, another Conservative MP telling a right-wing American cable channel how Justin Trudeau is in bed with al-Qaida for agreeing to compensate Omar Khadr. Pierre Poilievre told Newsmax Now, which is piped into 40 million U.S. homes, that Trudeau’s decision rewarded a “confessed terrorist and known supporter — past supporter at least — and […]

71% of Canadians say Liberals were wrong to settle with Omar Khadr

Jul 11 2017 — John Ivison — The first opinion poll carried out since the government apologized and paid $10.5 million in compensation to former child soldier Omar Khadr suggests the Liberals will pay a political price for the decision. Seven out of 10 Canadians say the government made the wrong call by settling out of court, according to an online survey […]

Trudeau’s charm has created a niche for him on world stage

Jul 5 2017 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau attempted a Scottish accent, as he accepted an honorary degree at the University of Edinburgh Wednesday. It was one of the best efforts at the dialect by a visiting North American politician in recent times — one that should be heard once, but not more often. His tale about his Scottish maternal great-grandfather […]

Support for Liberals’ national carbon tax plan cools

Jul 5 2017 — John Ivison — As he traipses round the world collecting new fans and socks, Justin Trudeau might reflect that things are going pretty well. When viewed from 35,000 feet above the issues, the Prime Minister is presiding over a new gilded age — a Reputation Institute study just named Canada number one in its index of most reputed […]

Liberals forced to swallow humble pie — again — on parliamentary rule changes

Jun 15 2017 — John Ivison — The great parliamentary reform uprising is over, and the government’s forces have been routed. Bardish Chagger introduced a package of rule changes for the House of Commons three months ago, with a misplaced sense of imperiousness. The measures unveiled by the Government House Leader included an end to Friday sittings; the introduction of electronic voting; […]

Liberals’ foreign policy statement not a sign relationship with U.S. has soured, ambassador says

Jun 14 2017 — John Ivison — Canada’s ambassador in Washington says that, even though the Americans “can act like bullies,” the Trudeau government’s recent foreign policy statement is a “recognition of reality,” not a sign the relationship is breaking up. David MacNaughton was in Ottawa to appear before a Senate committee. In an interview, he said dealing with the Trump Administration […]