National Newswatch

Stephen Harper looks at ‘glass half full’ in Trump’s victory

Jan 19 2017 — Paul Wells — Well, look who’s talking. Mr. Optimist. “I know we are all worried about what this means,” Stephen Harper said on Thursday in New Delhi. “I’m trying to look at the glass half full for a second.” He always was a cheery sort. After his 2015 election defeat, Canada’s sixth-longest-serving prime minister took a long break […]


Can Trudeau keep resisting calls to be the anti-Trump?

Jan 19 2017 — Adam Radwanski — On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as his country’s 45th president, Justin’s Trudeau’s office was flagging a speech about Canada-U.S. relations that the Prime Minister made when he was the third-party leader back in June, 2015. Delivered to the Liberal-affiliated Canada 2020 think-tank shortly before the campaign that would bring Mr. Trudeau to power, […]


‘Mad Max’ Bernier has been upstaged by Kevin O’Leary, a self-styled Darth Vader

Jan 19 2017 — Michael Den Tandt — Here’s how the world has changed in the past half-year: Maxime Bernier, “Mad Max” to his admirers and detractors both, was supposed to be the renegade. Bernier, the gregarious, marathon-running former industry minister and foreign minister (until a brouhaha involving lost briefing papers and a former girlfriend with biker ties sidelined his cabinet career in […]

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Even Conservatives couldn’t bear to watch leadership debate

Jan 19 2017 — Don Martin — More than one Conservative MP told me they turned on the television Tuesday and, after a few minutes, clicked it off. It was the all-French debate for their party’s leadership and even they couldn’t bear to watch a bland and at times bitter hodge-podge of current and former MPs, many struggling in a language they […]

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National Post

In what will be a bumpy ride, Trudeau has to appease Trump to avoid falling off trade wagon

Jan 19 2017 — John Ivison — Storm clouds but not a hurricane. That’s the economic forecast for Canada from senior Canadian officials involved in negotiations with the incoming Trump administration. Canada will not be a target for new protectionist measures by the Trump government but Justin Trudeau may seek to accommodate Donald Trump by increasing defence spending and reviewing its United […]


Alberta PC Party civil war descends to new depths of incivility

Jan 19 2017 — Paula Simons — Last Saturday, the board of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta voted, unanimously, to censure Calgary political operative Alan Hallman and suspend his party membership for a year. Hallman is a longtime Tory backroom boy and strategist, known for his aggressive, elbows-up approach to politics. He’s been intimately involved in Jason Kenney’s leadership campaign. After […]


Like all opportunists, Kevin shifts positions when it’s convenient

Jan 19 2017 — Arlene Dickinson — Since announcing his candidacy for the Leader of the Conservative Party, I’ve been inundated with requests to comment on Kevin O’Leary. The question on everyone’s mind is the same: “Is the cold, money-driven person we see on television what we will get as a potential political leader?” It’s the exact same question I’ve received from […]


Inauguration to usher in a ‘ringmaster president’ and much uncertainty

Jan 19 2017 — Chris Hall — Donald Trump is a day removed from becoming the 45th president of the United States, swept to power on a wave of voter disenchantment with politics as usual in Washington and a staunch belief that Trump’s boast of making America great again is something real. The candidate who campaigned as the political outsider, the candidate […]


Kevin O’Leary is way too boring to be called Canada’s Donald Trump

Jan 19 2017 — Robyn Urback — To call Kevin O’Leary “Canada’s Donald Trump” is to grossly overstate how interesting O’Leary is as a candidate, or a person. Apologies to the believers, but O’Leary is an actor. He’s playing the role of the no-nonsense, tough-as-nails businessman, a persona that has gotten him stellar gigs on reality TV shows and financial panels. But […]


Why Donald Trump’s Nazi tweet is so dangerous

Jan 18 2017 — Evan Solomon — Donald Trump believes U.S. intelligence agencies are acting like Nazis. Let’s just pause and digest that. The man who will be president of the United States on Friday has compared the CIA, FBI and National Security Intelligence Agencies to Hitler’s security regime. Repeatedly.