National Newswatch

Former religious freedom ambassador warns conservatives that ‘Canadian values’ talk is full of pitfalls

Feb 25 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada’s former ambassador for religious freedom is warning conservatives about the pitfalls of “Canadian values” talk. At the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa Saturday, Andrew Bennett said “values” language — like that cropping up in the Conservative Party leadership race — must be debunked. “When people bandy about an expression like ‘Canadian values,’ they will […]


Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau asks provinces to stiffen penalties for distracted drivers

Feb 25 2017 — David Akin — The federal government wants some provinces to toughen laws aimed at distracted drivers, the National Post has learned, but is not yet ready to criminalize those caught texting or talking on smartphones. In a letter to his provincial counterparts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau seeks “nationallly consistent enforcement measures and penalties” to combat a rapidly […]


Mini-debates among leadership rivals devolve into WWE cage match: ‘You need to learn the Constitution’

Feb 24 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — With party unity top of mind for many as conservatives gathered in Ottawa this weekend, Friday afternoon’s debate between Conservative Party leadership candidates brought out some of the biggest divisions in the race. The Manning Centre Conference debate consisted of four segments, each featuring three or four leadership candidates, their names picked at random out […]


Millennials rank conservative political parties as least trustworthy, pollster tells Conservative conference

Feb 24 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Conservative political parties are the institutions the least trusted by Canadians aged 15-34, researchers told a Manning Centre Conference audience Friday. Young people, according to a survey commissioned for the centre, trust right-wing parties less than they trust all levels of government, left-leaning parties, corporations and unions, among other institutions. It proves a challenge for […]


Canada has failed at innovation for 100 years. Can the Trudeau government change that?

Feb 23 2017 — David Akin — “Why is Canada filled with ‘low-innovation’ companies?” In a recent academic paper, Peter Nicholson, a former business leader, bureaucrat and a one-time advisor to former prime minister Paul Martin, poses the question. He then reminds us that for more than a hundred years this has been an exceedingly difficult question to answer. “Since 1916 … […]


On Islamophobia, Ontario Tories look to pass the very easy test their federal cousins failed

Feb 22 2017 — Chris Selley — Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says he will support Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers’ private member’s motion asking the legislature to “condemn all forms of Islamophobia.” “I think it’s pretty straightforward to condemn any form of hate,” Brown told reporters Tuesday morning. “In terms of Islamophobia, it is real.” He said he would encourage […]


Preston Manning’s message to Conservative leadership candidates: Don’t take party unity for granted

Feb 21 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Veteran politician Preston Manning says the next Conservative leader must strike a balance between emphasizing party unity and addressing populism bubbling up to the surface of Canadian politics. In an interview before this week’s high-profile conservative conference organized by his Manning Centre, Manning told the National Post whoever becomes leader must remember the Conservative party […]