National Newswatch

What a ‘nation-to-nation’ relationship with Indigenous Canadians should look like

Jul 18 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Once again, Canada’s First Ministers have gathered for their annual summer Council of the Federation, being held this year in Edmonton. The agenda includes trade and Trump, pot and the provinces, infrastructure and investment. It also featured a meeting with representatives of five national Indigenous organizations to discuss issues of concern to their communities. At […]

PR, not principles, are driving the Khadr file

Jul 13 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “I think it restores a little bit my reputation here in Canada, and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.” That’s the hope of Omar Khadr, speaking about his $10.5 million legal settlement with the federal government. In an interview broadcast on CBC’s Power & Politics, he told host Rosemary Barton, “I never was […]

Canada at 150 — what we are, what we can become

Jun 26 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Happy 150th, Canada. Time to wave flags, pop champagne (or crack open a beer, chacun son goût) and find a good spot to take in the fireworks on July 1. Ottawa is dropping half a billion dollars on our sesquicentennial, so you might as well get your money’s worth while you can. Or not. If […]

Families living with autism need more than photo ops, Mr. Trudeau

Jun 19 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — How should Canadian governments address the needs of individuals and families with autism? Earlier this month, the Ontario government reversed its much condemned (and factually incorrect) position that intensive behaviour therapy should end at the age of five, presumably because older kids wouldn’t benefit from it. Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau not […]

Scheer’s task: Channel Dief’s populism — without the vitriol

May 29 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — For someone who apparently deplores Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways, Andrew Scheer smiles an awful lot. The new Conservative leader radiates positivity, even when he bashes his Liberal foe — a sense of indefatigable optimism that helped push him to victory at the Conservative leadership event Saturday night. In short, Scheer is hard not to like. […]

Have the Liberals decided refugees make for bad politics?

May 16 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Is the Liberal government backing away from its commitment to refugees? After campaigning on compassion, Ottawa is now facing a perfect storm of surging asylum claims, an overburdened system and political pressure. All three factors, refugee advocates say, have led the government to back down on its pledge to overhaul the way asylum claims are […]

Anyone taking bets on Sajjan’s job prospects?

May 9 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — So just how close is Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to changing his status from badass to backbencher? The high-profile minister is in hot water over having claimed to have been the “architect” of Operation Medusa, a pivotal battle in the Afghanistan war. “Stolen valour!” thundered Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, referring to the practice of taking […]

The Senate needs to solve its Meredith problem — fast

May 1 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — A new children’s book tells us that senators are the ‘wise old owls’ of Canadian politics. According to some former Senate staffers, one member of the Upper Chamber might better resemble a duck — a bird known for mating habits that are less than consensual. Don Meredith, named to the Senate in 2010, most recently […]

It’s probably too late for a crackdown on border-hoppers

Apr 25 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — It’s not a flood — yet — but the river of refugees coming to Canada continues to rise. Since January 1, the RCMP has intercepted 1,860 migrants crossing illegally into Canada from the United States: 315 in January, 658 in Feburary and 887 in March. Most of those have crossed into Quebec, near Lacolle, and […]

The problem(s) with a guaranteed annual income

Apr 18 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — From Italy to India, the basic annual income is back in the news. Around the world, eight jurisdictions — including Kenya, Finland, the Netherlands, Uganda and California — are conducting experiments providing regular payments to cover basic living costs, regardless of recipients’ economic situations. With welfare programs consuming billions of tax dollars without eliminating poverty, […]

Kevin O’Leary is dumping on the party he wants to lead

Apr 3 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “That’s it. This is balls to the wall. I can’t do what I need to do in this country without a majority mandate. I can’t cast out the virus of Trudeau without a majority mandate … You have to go into the mandate with people understanding what you’re going to do.” Ah, that Kevin O’Leary […]