National Newswatch

Why Bill Morneau hasn’t ended tax breaks for the wealthy

Mar 27 2017 — Tom Walkom — It is sometimes held that Finance Minister Bill Morneau backed away from a promise to end lucrative tax breaks for the well-to-do in last week’s budget because of Donald Trump. With the mercurial Trump occupying the White House, the theory goes, Morneau figured it would be foolish to fiddle with the Canadian tax system. Better […]

Tom Parkin

Liberal words don’t intend to deceive, they just do

Mar 27 2017 — Tom Parkin — Superclusters™. We can’t describe them. Don’t know how to make them. But whatever they are, last week’s budget says they’ll solve Canada’s economic problems. Last year, your Liberals believed infrastructure was our economic cure-all. But, you see, superclusters create innovation – which is very, very good for the middle class. So good. Better than infrastructure. […]


10 key promises Trudeau has broken since becoming PM

Mar 26 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Given that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said budgets balance themselves, it’s perhaps not surprising his major broken election promises to date are in the areas of tax cuts and government spending. Indeed, after 16 months in office, Canadians have cause to be concerned about where his government is headed, financially. To be sure, it’s […]

Jim Warren

O’Leary will start first, but maybe not finish first

Mar 26 2017 — Jim Warren — Many pundits and commentators are ready to anoint Conservative frontrunner Kevin O’Leary as the next leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition. If O’Leary has signed up enough new party members to win the race on the first ballot then they will be right. But the election to be the new leader of […]


Time for Senate to hit reset button

Mar 26 2017 — Penny Collenette — Does the Senate have a “right to fire?” Callers to Rita Celli’s CBC radio show Ontario Today on Wednesday were perplexed with recent revelations regarding the damning and detailed report from the Senate ethics officer concerning the actions of Sen. Don Meredith. Charges have not been laid by the Ottawa police after their own investigation, […]

Jaime Watt

Impeaching Trump could hurt Democrats

Mar 26 2017 — Jaime Watt — Less than three months into Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency, whispers of impeachment are becoming louder. Ladbrokes, a British bookmaker, has Trump’s odds of leaving office via impeachment or resignation before the end of his first term at 10/11. I am not a betting man, but with those odds, do not expect a large payoff. Allan […]


Winning a good trade deal

Mar 26 2017 — Robin V. Sears — It’s an irony for which progressives should blush. They hold right wing populists’ claims in the deepest contempt, with one exception: trade deals. How is it possible that Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are all bosom allies in opposing every trade agreement? Protectionism, by definition, is an effort to protect […]


O’Leary taught us (seriously) to confront unpleasant truths about Canadian politics

Mar 25 2017 — Adam Radwanski — The reflex was to laugh off Kevin O’Leary’s recent complaint of “widespread vote rigging” in the Conservative leadership contest. When the President of the United States is vilifying minority groups with false claims of electoral fraud, there is healthy skepticism about any such allegation – not least one that, when it emerged, was itself directed […]


Kevin O’Leary’s ‘vicious poisonous toxic’ attack on Alberta self-determination should offend us all

Mar 25 2017 — Paula Simons — Would-be federal Conservative leader Kevin O’Leary didn’t exactly mince words Thursday, when he went on the attack against Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. “She’s a vicious, poisonous, toxic cocktail of mediocrity (and) incompetence, put together,” O’Leary, dressed in a leather bomber jacket and tie, told a group in St. John’s, N.L. — while a CBC camera […]


Wildrose and PC party inch closer to a merger, maybe

Mar 25 2017 — Graham Thomson — I’m afraid this column might be a little too much inside baseball. OK, it is. This column is so much inside baseball it should come with a beer and a hot dog. It’s a column about the 10-member “discussion group” named Friday afternoon to plot the next step forward in uniting Alberta’s two conservative parties […]


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 […]