National Newswatch

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 […]

Don’t have a cow, man, but on debt the Liberals are going back to the ’90s

Jun 13 2017 — John Ivison — Let’s hope nobody in the Prime Minister’s Office heard the speech made Monday by Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins. In front of an audience in Winnipeg, she suggested there has been an encouraging “broadening” of economic activity across all regions and sectors. Executives are responding optimistically to questions about future sales and […]

Spat between Toronto mayor and Wynne government highlights infrastructure spending logjam

Jun 2 2017 — John Ivison — It’s the centrepiece of the Liberal government’s economic strategy. The promise to make “historic” investments in transit, bridges and roads “will create good, well-paying jobs that can help strengthen and grow the middle class today, while building Canada’s economy for the future,” the government claims. Except, according to Toronto Mayor John Tory, the law of […]

In Scheer, Tories make a very conservative choice

May 28 2017 — John Ivison — Andrew Scheer emerged as Conservative leader after 13 ballots on Saturday evening, a surprise victory but one with which most Tories seem to be at peace. He overtook Maxime Bernier on the final ballot, thanks to the support of social conservatives — even though he has pledged not to reopen the abortion debate — and […]

SuperPACs are coming to Canada unless the Liberals shut the door on them

May 26 2017 — John Ivison — Concerns about the threat posed to Canada’s political sovereignty by foreign money are valid, but overdone. The evidence from the last election was that U.S. political action committee-type organizations did emerge — but they were funded domestically by Canadian unions. The question is, will the Liberal government act to increase disclosure requirements and lower third-party […]