National Newswatch

Empowered or Imperiled? Women as Canadian party leaders

Aug 22 2017 — Sylvia Bashevkin — Tina Beaudry-Mellor’s announcement that she plans to seek the Saskatchewan Party leadership raises intriguing questions about not just who will succeed Premier Brad Wall, but also what happens more generally for women in Canadian public life. Beaudry-Mellor walks in the footsteps of two important trailblazers: Catherine Callbeck in P.E.I. and Kathy Dunderdale in Newfoundland. Both […]

Why Kathleen Wynne just won’t quit

Aug 21 2017 — Martin Regg Cohn — Sign of the times: Journalists get a heads up that the premier will address her MPPs at a normally closed caucus meeting the next day. Immediately, reflexively, every editor in town assumes it’s a resignation story, sending reporters into a feeding frenzy. Proof, as ever, that people don’t pay attention to Queen’s Park.

Patrick Brown says he wants nothing to do with The Rebel

Aug 21 2017 — Robert Benzie — Under pressure from the Ontario Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has distanced himself from the controversial far-right website The Rebel. “I deplore intolerance of any kind and in any place, including Rebel. That’s why they thoroughly detest me!” Brown tweeted, with a link to a Rebel video critical of his party’s troubled nomination […]

Women in Ismaili Muslim sect say they have had FGM in Canada

Aug 21 2017 — — Women from a small sect of Ismaili Muslims called the Dawoodi Bohras have reported that female genital mutilation has been performed on them in Canada, a study given to the federal government reveals. The first research of its kind to probe the practice within this tightly knit South Asian community, the study found that 80 […]

How honey badger Bannon ate Trump for lunch

Aug 20 2017 — Heather Mallick — What is a Steve Bannon? And if so, why? I have never seen a spiky American political operative reduce so many commentators to making lists. Normally opinionators pick an angle and stick to it, but during the Bannon years, they floundered in a sea of possibilities. Bannon birthed President Donald Trump and worked as his […]

Steve Bannon, Gerald Butts and the limits of political friendship

Aug 18 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, threw out an open question on Facebook earlier this summer: “Why do people who are self-evidently not your friends want to be your friends?” He was not referring to Steve Bannon, the now ex-adviser to Donald Trump, whose old alt-right connections were in the spotlight this […]

What to do when the President backs neo-Nazis, but not you

Aug 17 2017 — Andrew MacDougall — Ah, remember the good old days, when the dreamers thought the immense responsibility of the presidency would smooth Donald Trump’s rough edges? “Now it’s time to bind the wounds of division,” said a visibly chastened president-elect on election night. “I say it is time to come together as one united people.” The mollifying words were […]

Trudeau adviser Butts must negotiate with Trump’s Bannon

Aug 17 2017 — Robin V. Sears — The great Israeli statesman, Yitzhak Rabin, tragically murdered just as he was on the verge of pushing a deal with Yasser Arafat, toward a two-state solution, was frequently attacked by the right for his dialogue with the Palestinians. His explosion at his foolish critics — “You negotiate with your enemies!” — has gone into the […]

Wynne’s balanced budget plan relies on rosy projections for tax revenue growth: watchdog

Aug 17 2017 — Rob Ferguson — Premier Kathleen Wynne’s balanced budget plan is based on rosy projections, says Ontario’s independent Financial Accountability Office, echoing concerns raised previously. “Given the government’s spending plans, maintaining a balanced budget relies critically on an optimistic revenue forecast and, in particular, on very strong growth in tax revenues,” the office said in a report Thursday.