National Newswatch

Suddenly, Justin Trudeau is spoiling for a fight

Sep 19 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Here’s the proof that the Canadian political scene has turned totally upside-down in just two years: The Conservatives are holding parties for the media, while Justin ‘Sunny Ways’ Trudeau is getting testy with reporters. Today was the second day of the new fall session of Parliament. New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s people spent part of […]

Why MacEachen was a great Liberal, but a better NDPer

Sep 15 2017 — Susan Delacourt — It’s unlikely that there will be a moment of silence at this weekend’s NDP gathering in Hamilton to mark the passing of the legendary Liberal cabinet minister Allan J. MacEachen. But perhaps there should be. MacEachen, arguably more than any other politician in the 20th century, put a socially progressive stamp on Canada — from […]

Is Morneau’s tax revolt turning into Trudeau’s GST moment?

Sep 12 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Hard as it is to believe now, Bill Morneau’s controversial tax reform proposals were designed originally to prevent a populist revolt. So how did the finance minister manage to arrive at exactly the opposite outcome? Let’s cast our minds back to the end of March this year, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled its […]

Maybe we should teach politicians to share

Sep 1 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Is it just a coincidence that two of our national institutions — the CBC and federal cabinet — have become big fans of job-sharing? The CBC announced this summer that the next anchor of The Nationalwould be four people: Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang. Then this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

Trudeau hits the reset button — and keeps his friends close

Aug 29 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Every cabinet shuffle is an effort to repair something. By watching who goes where, you can get a sense of where the prime minister thinks he’s got problems. Today’s retooling of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet offers a glimpse of where the PM himself feels his government needs a course correction as it heads into the second […]

Steve Bannon, Gerald Butts and the limits of political friendship

Aug 18 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, threw out an open question on Facebook earlier this summer: “Why do people who are self-evidently not your friends want to be your friends?” He was not referring to Steve Bannon, the now ex-adviser to Donald Trump, whose old alt-right connections were in the spotlight this […]

Is this the hidden passage out of the ‘echo chamber’?

Aug 11 2017 — Susan Delacourt — When Lake Superior State University went looking last year for its annual list of words or phrases to ban, the top suggestion was “echo chamber.” There’s something oddly fitting about this. “Echo chamber” describes a phenomenon in which people surround themselves with only opinions similar to their own — blocking out all those who differ […]

Suddenly, everyone wants to be Canadian

Aug 8 2017 — Susan Delacourt — If Canada were a theme park, we’d be jacking up ticket prices right now. Requests to enter Canada — by both would-be immigrants and refugees — are on the upswing. Parks Canada is reporting an increase of nearly 10 per cent in traffic through national parks, thanks to the free passes in honour of the […]

Trudeau’s Scaramucci moment — and what it says about him now

Aug 1 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau is — appropriately — sorry for how he talked to Rolling Stone magazine about that famous boxing match with Senator Patrick Brazeau. Trudeau said his choice of words had eroded his goals of reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians, which requires “changing approaches and changing mindsets.” Actually, it’s the changed story that may be the […]