National Newswatch

Alt-right agitation won’t work in Canada

Mar 20 2017 — Dan Leger — Will Canada become the next domino to fall to right-wing populism? It’s been successful just across the border. Why not here? The emerging movement of angry populism, the so-called alt-right, has already turned U.S. politics upside down. Its exponents, such as Donald Trump and his adviser Stephen Bannon, are at the top of their game. […]


Health care debate exposes cruelty of Trump-GOP rule

Mar 13 2017 — Dan Leger — U.S. President Donald Trump has figured out that health care is complicated. Good work, Mr. President. After getting elected in a slogan-based campaign attacking this and repealing that and draining something else and banning those people, Trump faces an issue that can’t be reduced to bullet points. Health care in the U.S. isn’t a national […]


NS premier defends Irving hiring practices

Mar 10 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is defending Irving Shipbuilding following criticisms about the hiring of foreign workers for jobs in Halifax. Last month, the Chronicle Herald revealed that Irving was advertising for experienced shipyard positions in Poland. Another story outlined concerns by the shipyard union that Spanish subcontractor Gabadi is bringing in its own workers […]


U.S.-ONLY: The rule for some Irving Shipbuilding jobs

Mar 7 2017 — Andrea Gunn — A subcontractor for Irving Shipbuilding is hiring engineers and specialists in Halifax for work on Canada’s next fleet of warships, but there’s a catch — some applicants must be U.S. citizens. Gibbs & Cox is a U.S. naval architecture and engineering firm that has been retained by Irving to support engineering and design on the […]


O’Leary looks an unlikely saviour for Conservatives

Mar 6 2017 — Dan Leger — Life after politics looks good on Peter Stoffer, who I bumped into recently in the proletarian confines of the Midtown Tavern. The former New Democrat MP is one of the most able politicians I’ve met, respected by peers in all parties. Stoffer eked out his first election win in 1997 by 39 votes, then reeled […]


Minister Hehr blocks vets’ advocate on Facebook

Feb 27 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Nova Scotia activist and caregiver Kim Davis is miffed over what she says was an unfair ban from Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr’s official Facebook page. Davis, of Lawrencetown, is the primary caregiver of her husband, a Bosnia veteran, who suffers from PTSD as a result of his service. After fighting for benefits for her […]


Europeans fill Irving shipyard jobs

Feb 22 2017 — Andrea Gunn — The union representing Irving’s Halifax shipyard workers is concerned about the ongoing hiring of foreign workers for jobs that could be filled by locals. The Chronicle Herald has learned that Irving issued a subcontract to Spanish outfitting firm Gabadi LC back in December of 2014 for “turnkey outfitting” of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) […]


Of Trump, Great Men and the exercise of power

Feb 20 2017 — Dan Leger — “The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle said in 1841, expressing what came to be known as the Great Man theory of history. Carlyle’s understanding of history posits that world events are produced by singular figures like Alexander, Julius Caesar, Napoleon or Hitler. But we know […]


McCoy: More work for Irving means cheaper ships

Feb 2 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Irving Shipbuilding says it can offer the government saving of $22 million dollars per year on its Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships — if it is also awarded a $1.7-billion dollar maintenance contact on the navy’s modernized frigates. In an interview with The Chronicle Herald on Tuesday, Irving president Kevin McCoy said he is urging […]


Kevin O’Leary says he would force N.S. to allow fracking

Jan 30 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Conservative Party leadership frontrunner and television personality Kevin O’Leary said if he’s elected Prime Minister he won’t let any provincial government get in the way of economic development. This would include forcing Nova Scotia to end its ban on fracking, which has been in place since fall of 2014. “I want to see development of […]


Trump exploding the myth of American exceptionalism

Jan 30 2017 — Dan Leger — If Americans still have anything left in common these angry days, it’s probably the shared fondness for their great American myths. National legends are as American as cowboys and apple pie, burnished by re-telling into shared national stories. The civilizing settler myth, for instance, casts brave Europeans imposing order on a wild and empty land. […]


Who can restore Conservative identity? (Hint: not O’Leary)

Jan 23 2017 — Dan Leger — It’s been 19 months since the great calamity, in which Canadians lost their minds and elected a namby-pamby former camp counsellor, Justin Trudeau, over the titanium-willed, lifetime politician Stephen Harper. Somehow Canada has kept going and even moved ahead. The country still isn’t perfect, but Harper’s warnings of Liberal catastrophes haven’t materialized. With Harper in […]


Pipeline protest planned before Trudeau Halifax area town hall

Jan 16 2017 — — There will be a protest by Autonomy East and environmentalists against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before his Dartmouth town hall Monday night “We’re primarily concerned with issues of climate change and indigenous sovereignty,” said Art Bouman, a member of Autonomy East, the group organizing the demonstration “Trudeau has talked a big game on those issues, […]


Will the Trump cult destroy the myth of the presidency?

Jan 16 2017 — Dan Leger — America idolizes its democratic traditions and pretends that no individual is above the people. Paradoxically, it also endows special status on its presidents. The president of the United States is more than a head of state. He (since only men have been president) is almost a cult figure: remote and unknowable, the “most powerful man […]


Volunteer killed in Syria a ‘reckless adventure-seeker’

Jan 9 2017 — Scott Taylor — Last week it was reported that 24-year-old Nazzareno Tassone of Edmonton was killed by Daesh (also known as ISIS) fighters near the Syrian city of Raqqa. Tassone was a Canadian volunteer fighting with the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) when he was killed in a firefight on Dec. 21. News of Tassone’s death only broke […]