National Newswatch

Trudeau shuffles his cabinet while the world burns

Jan 11 2017 — Terry Glavin — The main event on Tuesday was the abrupt replacement of the endearingly hapless Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion with International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland. Perhaps the most intelligent and capable of Trudeau’s ministers, Freeland is easily the best suited for the foreign affairs post. She was already chair of the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, […]


Breaking that electoral reform promise is dangerous in an unstable world, Liberals

Dec 7 2016 — Terry Glavin — There’s been a national electoral reform awareness-raising community dialogue tour, “meaningful consultations with Canadians” by means of town-hall meetings by the dozen, “safe, inclusive and respectful” powerpoint presentations, workshops, informal surveys, write-in polls and carefully-crafted national public opinion surveys. There have been 57 separate meetings of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform since June.


Trudeau’s turn from cool to laughing stock

Nov 27 2016 — Terry Glavin — It was bound to happen sooner or later. Ever since his election as Canada’s prime minister last October, Justin Trudeau has revelled in global tributes, raves and swoons. He’s the Disney prince with the trippy dance moves, the groovy Haida tattoo and the gender-balanced cabinet. He’s the last best hope for globalization, the star attraction […]


Beijing’s influence seeps into Canada

Oct 5 2016 — Terry Glavin — As a Canadian journalist working in Canada, Yuli Hu didn’t expect the sort of indignity she was obliged to endure last weekend after travelling from Toronto to Montreal to cover the triennial proceedings of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the agency representing 191 UN member states that sets worldwide airline safety standards. Hu had already […]


What you need to know about Maryam Monsef

Sep 29 2016 — Terry Glavin — After all the headlines, the chat show uproars, the demands for Maryam Monsef’s suspension from cabinet and a formal investigation, the lurid insinuation that she, the brightest young star in Justin Trudeau’s gender-balanced, ethnically diverse government, is and has been, all along, a fraud—what, exactly, is the result?


Strange days for the new Conservative party

Jun 1 2016 — Terry Glavin — For Fred Litwin, the 60-year-old Ottawa activist who is as deserving as anyone for the happy-aftermath credit going around now that the Conservative Party has formally reconciled itself with the rights of gay people to marry in Canada, it has been a long and strange journey. It was more than 10 years ago that the […]


It’s Trudeau’s utopia, we’re just living in it

May 18 2016 — Terry Glavin — It’s not just their adroitness in image-branding or the obvious advantage they would in any case enjoy over the effectively leaderless Opposition Conservatives and New Democrats, nor is it the Liberal toadies in the mainstream media that someone, somewhere, is always shouting about. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have definitely got something going on.


The British Left’s run-in with anti-semitism a stern warning for NDP

May 2 2016 — Terry Glavin — It’s known as the Livingstone Formulation. It’s a cunning rhetorical device routinely deployed to shield avowedly left-wing establishment figures from any scrutiny that might expose their “anti-Zionist” obsessions as redolent of a bigotry of that older and more unambiguously unsanitary type: antisemitism. It is the “how very dare you!” reflex as comically described by the […]


No-ransom policy on hostages a tough promise to keep

Apr 27 2016 — Terry Glavin — Following the horrible discovery of the severed head of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel in the heavily forested Sulu archipelago in the Philippines on Monday, there has been some properly clear and tough talk from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about how Canada never pays ransom to terrorist kidnappers. “Canada does not and will not pay ransom […]


Trudeau’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ policy in Iraq and Syria

Feb 10 2016 — Terry Glavin — Among the maxims and banalities Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated in his Monday press conference, is there anything amounting to a logical justification for substituting six RCAF CF-18s with roughly 140 more special operations trainers as Canada’s contribution to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, […]


There is only one way forward in this struggle

Nov 16 2015 — Terry Glavin — Compassion, solidarity, unity and calm. These are the nobler qualities of civilized people that French President François Hollande summoned the citizens of France to find within themselves in the aftermath of the jihadist atrocities in Paris on Friday night that left at least 132 innocents dead. By all accounts, the citizens of the French republic […]

Documents prepared for a G5 application by Abdullah Kurdi and his family. These are photographs of each member of the family: Alan, Ghalib, Rehanna, and Abdullah Kurdi. Photo courtesy Tima Kurdi.  For Terry Glavin column

Let’s talk about the Kurdi family we did turn away

Sep 11 2015 — Terry Glavin — In Stephen Harper’s tightly fought and closely choreographed re-election campaign, it was a script-shredding nightmare. A drowned Syrian boy on a Turkish beach, in a photograph that transfixed the world and riveted public attention to the Syrian refugee crisis, had been hoping to make it to Canada. The quickly crafted response was this: A terrible, […]