National Newswatch

This is not how a liberal society responds to criticism

Mar 25 2017 — Andrew Coyne — It will be revealed before long who forced out Andrew Potter at McGill and why, but the affair is already a calamity for the university, and for the principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry for which it supposedly stands. Whether or not overt political interference proves to have been involved, it is simply incomprehensible […]

conrad black

In the Senate and the courts, an erosion of our humanity

Mar 24 2017 — Conrad Black — Almost three years ago I wrote a column here criticizing the dismissal from his employment ahead of an expected indictment of former prime ministerial assistant Bruce Carson. I was skeptical of the grounds for the indictment, which was eventually produced, and was the subject of an acquittal. The Crown prosecutors appealed the acquittal and were […]

Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

Budget 2017 is already forgotten: Budget 2018 won’t be that easy

Mar 23 2017 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries — Last Wednesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the government’s second budget. For weeks before the budget, the government had been preparing the public for a budget that would not include any new spending or ambitious policy initiatives. In addition, recognizing worsening global growth prospects and the complete “mystery” as to what the Trump government might […]

John Ivison
National Post

Liberals latest attempted power-grab in Commons sure to fail again

Mar 23 2017 — John Ivison — There’s a line in politics that even the most robust majority governments cross at their peril: whenever the party in power follows a course of action that unites all its political opponents in a coalition against it, trouble is sure to ensue. That’s exactly what is happening in the House of Commons, which is transfixed […]


With this federal budget, the Liberals have let the middle class down, again

Mar 22 2017 — Stephen Gordon — The Liberals have worked hard to make the link between the welfare of middle-income Canadians and economic growth, and rightly so. Economic growth is a necessary – if not always sufficient – condition for sustained, broad-based improvements in living standards. The Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council of Economic Growth set itself an ambitious target in […]


Conservative leadership campaigns worry fraud, vote-rigging will go unpunished

Mar 21 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Several Conservative party leadership campaigns are worrying perpetrators of alleged fraud and vote-rigging won’t face consequences. How rule-breaking will be punished is the talk of the party after 1,351 memberships, worth more than $17,000, were ruled invalid following an investigation last week. The two perceived leadership front-runners, Maxime Bernier and Kevin O’Leary, have exchanged verbal […]


Tories accuse Liberals of ‘ramming through whatever the f— they want’ to make changes to House procedure

Mar 21 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Opposition parties slammed the Liberal government on Tuesday for trying to “ram through” major changes to how the House of Commons does its business. With little notice, the Liberals moved Tuesday to have the Procedure and House Affairs committee study major changes to standing orders put forward by Liberal House leader Bardish Chagger, giving a […]


‘Yuck!’ Hungry offenders bartering sausages as prisons try to cut costs with new menu, ombudsman says

Mar 21 2017 — Dylan Robertson — A program aimed at cutting the cost of feeding federal prisoners has achieved only “dubious” savings while sparking racial tensions and contributing to a deadly riot, the prison ombudsman believes. Documents obtained through access-to-information laws reveal problems with the “cook-chill” program, which since November 2014 has had large prisons prepare food and freeze it before […]