National Newswatch

What keeps Trudeau smiling? The alternatives.

Jun 22 2017 — Michael Harris — Assuming Justin Trudeau isn’t planning a summer retreat to the Aga Khan’s island, he’s well positioned to enjoy Canada’s Big Birthday Bash. The House of Commons is in summer recess. Political machinations have yielded to a yen for margaritas and merry-making. Who would you rather party with — Justin Trudeau or Andrew Scheer, that smiling […]

Why Canadians are closer to losing their news than they think

Jun 22 2017 — Colin Horgan — The results of an Abacus poll published last week confirmed what most probably already suspected: if Canadian local newspapers were to disappear, few would care. When Abacus asked a cross-section of Canadians whether they’d still be able to get “the news you need” if their local paper were to go under, 86 per cent said […]

Is “Open Dialogue” the Answer to “Post-Fact” Populism?

Jun 22 2017 — Don Lenihan — If populism has made a comeback in Europe and North America, it’s because so many people feel they have no meaningful voice in government or any control over what it does. Globalization, income inequality, and terrorism are well-known causes of this sense of powerlessness, but public debate and consultation should be added to the list. […]

Some parliamentary stars shine as one loses glow

Jun 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — With the House of Commons adjourning for the summer, time for a look in the rearview mirror at four leading MPs who were on their game over the first half of the parliamentary year … and at one who was off. 1. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale took almost two years to come up with […]

The Liberals are spinning their wheels

Jun 21 2017 — L. Ian MacDonald — As the House lurches towards the end of the spring sitting, there’s a sense that while there’s a lot going on in Ottawa, not much is getting done. It’s the mid-term muddle which hits most majority governments halfway through their first mandates, where the Trudeau Liberals are now. From parliamentary reform to climate change, from […]

The sesquicentennial challenge

Jun 21 2017 — John Milloy — Being only a toddler in 1967, I have no direct memories of our centennial. As I grew up, however, I frequently heard what a remarkable year it had been for Canada.  The constant playing of my parents’ copy of Bobby Gimby’s Canada song, with its earworm-inducing tune and lyrics, only helped to reinforce the fact […]

Leave the cabinet alone, Trudeau. You’ve got other problems.

Jun 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Summer officially arrives in Ottawa this week, bringing with it the usual round of cabinet shuffle speculation. One thing always follows close on the other. As soon as political junkies start to envision a prolonged stretch of political inactivity around Parliament Hill, they begin to imagine ways to fill the vacuum. But this summer, Prime […]