National Newswatch

Wait—maybe Charlie Angus leads the NDP leadership race

Aug 14 2017 — Tom Parkin — A pair of polls suggest Charlie Angus and Guy Caron may have significant momentum in the NDP leadership race—at least among certain current members—even though Jagmeet Singh boasts the strongest fundraising and endorsement list. But Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, which did the survey, freely admits the poll has flaws. Maggi’s company did not […]

As Jagmeet Singh emerges as front-runner, NDP race gets chippy

Aug 7 2017 — Tom Parkin — There’s still almost two months until NDP members start voting and a lot can change. But by the only measures we have — fundraising and endorsements — Jagmeet Singh is the front-runner in the NDP leadership race. That perception has others launching attacks on Singh, not always fairly. One line of attack has come over […]

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron’s jobs and growth plan is a political winner

Jul 31 2017 — Tom Parkin — Candidates in the NDP leadership race — rightfully — have had a good debate on anti-poverty and fair taxation policy. But social democracy isn’t capitalism and free markets with a redistributive tax policy wrap-around. It’s also about creating jobs, paycheques and bottom-up growth using active government policies and investment. That crucial piece hasn’t had a […]

Canada’s middle class shrinks — let’s talk about Trudeau’s socks

Jul 3 2017 — Tom Parkin — The average Canadian wage is falling behind inflation and the distribution of Canadian income is becoming more unequal. Isn’t that a news story? Statistics Canada reports the average Canadian wage in May 2017 was $25.88 an hour—just 33 cents up from May 2016, a paltry 1.3% increase. It’s below the inflation rate, which stands at […]

NDP premiers are the pipeline winners, while Trudeau loses

Jun 11 2017 — Tom Parkin — Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley and in-coming BC NDP Premier John Horgan disagree. One supports the Trans Mountain pipeline. The other does not. But in holding opposite positions each will be rewarded by their province’s voters. The losers are their provincial opponents and, most of all, Justin Trudeau. For Notley’s Alberta, the pipleline would boost […]

Quebec NDP success requires more than speaking French

May 23 2017 — Tom Parkin — In a province with a strong social democratic impulse, which hosted the Orange Wave, Quebec offers big potential for the New Democrats and they know it. And to win more Quebec seats, the next NDP leader will need to inspire while navigating political currents such as secularism, say Valerie Dufour and Karl Belanger, two former […]

The new independent Senate isn’t all that improved

Apr 24 2017 — Tom Parkin — In 150 years, the Canadian Senate hasn’t done us any good. It’s mostly been a useless sort of place – only really effective as a comfy nest for political insiders, donors and heirs to great fortunes. But, on the other hand, the Senate’s done little real harm. Sure, it has the power to propose and […]

Federal Liberals threaten to repeat Ontario Liberals’ corporate welfare

Apr 10 2017 — Tom Parkin — Every politician wants to talk about infrastructure and be seen as a civic-minded future-builder. The insidious genius of the Ontario Liberals was to put that noble public urge at the service of private greed. And now it seems the federal Liberals’ have the same thoughts. The Trudeau Liberals are proposing to create an Infrastructure Bank […]

Trudeau’s corporate welfare hurts middle class

Apr 3 2017 — Tom Parkin — Just 10% of Canadians believe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent budget will help the middle class, according to a recent poll by Forum Research. Meanwhile 41% say it’ll hurt the middle class, 31% say its effects will be neutral, and 19% don’t know. It’s a sign Canadians are coming to see what I’ve been warning […]

Liberal words don’t intend to deceive, they just do

Mar 27 2017 — Tom Parkin — Superclusters™. We can’t describe them. Don’t know how to make them. But whatever they are, last week’s budget says they’ll solve Canada’s economic problems. Last year, your Liberals believed infrastructure was our economic cure-all. But, you see, superclusters create innovation – which is very, very good for the middle class. So good. Better than infrastructure. […]

Ideas for a real change budget

Mar 19 2017 — Tom Parkin — This Wednesday’s federal budget is a chance to support Canadians and lift the economy. But it’ll take some political courage. First – and this is a banned thought in some quarters – we can use the power of government to solve common problems and make life more affordable. That’s what we did with public health […]

It’s time to legally safeguard riding nominations

Mar 12 2017 — Tom Parkin — “Just tell them what you told me,” said Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks to Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary in a recent Miami TV interview. “Explain to all the viewers… what you love about the parliamentary system in Canada.” Furiously backpedaling, O’Leary tried to spin away, telling the American audience a Canadian […]

NDP and Conservative leadership races are a study in contrast

Mar 5 2017 — Tom Parkin — With the Conservative and NDP leadership races now underway, sharp contrasts can be drawn. And out of the two, the NDP may become the serious alternative to the Liberals in 2019. Three NDP competitors – Peter Julian from Burnaby, Charlie Angus from Timmins and Guy Caron from Rimouski – are now vying for their party’s […]

Canada’s strategy needs to constrain Trump, not empower him

Feb 21 2017 — Tom Parkin — Donald Trump is the KKK-endorsed, torture-approving, wall-building, authoritarian protectionist who may be compromised by the Russians. Remember that fact. In contrast, Canada’s Prime Minister has built considerable political currency among US progressives. He calls himself a feminist. And our compassion for Syrian war refugees is a beacon of freedom compared to Trump’s dark and Islamophobic […]