National Newswatch

Trudeau’s silence on Payette’s expunged assault charge shows double standard

Jul 20 2017 — Robyn Urback — Until artificial intelligence progresses to the point where intelligent machines take over our Westminster system (yes, I’m scared, too), we will continue to appoint flawed humans to important government posts. Some of these people will come with pasts more fraught than others, but show me a closet without a skeleton and chances are there’s a […]

Don’t change O Canada. Just replace it with the theme song from Cheers

Jun 23 2017 — Robyn Urback — This is a plea, of sorts, to end the most insignificant and simultaneously overblown debate to occupy both houses of Canada’s Parliament in recent memory. For over a year (actually, it’s been longer than that, but over a year for this round of debate), the stewards of our democracy — the great leaders of our […]

Take it from the Republican faithful — Trump’s not a liar, just an idiot

Jun 9 2017 — Robyn Urback — The White House snapped into damage-control mode as the testimony of former FBI director James Comey wrapped up on Thursday. Now, this wasn’t just any old Senate intelligence committee hearing: reporters lined winding corridors, people set up viewing parties and bars even opened early to take in the testimony of the guy unceremoniously fired by […]

Kellie Leitch’s problem now is that you only get one tearful apology

May 29 2017 — Robyn Urback — There were 12 people who didn’t win the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada this past weekend, but arguably only one loser. Kellie Leitch’s once-roaring campaign puttered past the finish line Saturday night with an embarrassing seventh place showing after the first ballot. It managed to hang on until the ninth round, at which […]

The media should know better but we keep falling for Trudeau’s PR

May 25 2017 — Robyn Urback — There’s an adage in politics that nothing happens by accident. While the current White House administration seems to be doing its damnedest to disprove that principle (Hold up — I *wasn’t* supposed to tell the Russians about classified intel we got from Israel?), in normal political ecosystems it is still, by and large, true. Leaks […]

Rona Ambrose was the best leader the Conservatives never had

May 19 2017 — Robyn Urback — The most attractive characteristic about Rona Ambrose — especially the Rona Ambrose we’ve seen over the last 18 months as interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada — is her ability to come off as a normal person. An unremarkable quality in most of the population, the ability to present one’s self in the […]

Listen, for the 18th time, the Liberal government is not transparent

May 12 2017 — Robyn Urback — Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction — to borrow a mangled phrase from a dear departed Republican primary candidate — that the Liberal Party has brought transparency to the Canadian government. The Liberal Party has not brought transparency to the Canadian government. We have known this for some time. Justin Trudeau’s star […]

Republicans push through health plan by embracing what they used to criticize

May 5 2017 — Robyn Urback — Republican hypocrisy took human form Thursday, as Jason Chaffetz, Utah congressman and chair of the House oversight committee, wheeled himself into Congress to vote on the Republican health-care bill. After having surgery on his foot — a procedure covered by health insurance, naturally — Chaffetz returned to vote for a bill that would, by previous […]

‘Along came the parasites’ — an alternative Senate storybook

May 1 2017 — Robyn Urback — The National Post revealed Monday that Canada’s esteemed upper chamber has printed a children’s book. The 24-page story describes a forest of squabbling animals and a council of “wise owls” and breaks down the fundamentals of parliamentary democracy into easy-to-digest animal anecdotes. This is possibly the first time a story about animals in the forest […]