National Newswatch

Down on the farm: tax reforms will hurt family businesses

Sep 22 2017 — Sylvain Charlebois — Until recently, two things were certain in life: death and taxes. We can now add a third one: botching the promotion of a tax reform for political gains. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s tax reform has been a communications disaster. Claims about Ottawa’s intentions to revamp our tax system for small corporations have been ridiculous. Some […]

With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail

Sep 21 2017 — John Ivison — The great national tax revolt will fizzle by Christmas. That may sound a bold prediction, given the way the Liberal small-business tax reforms are dominating the political conversation — but hear me out. The Liberals are intent on changing the rules that allow small-business owners to defer taxation by using private corporations to make passive […]

Welcome to the glass house, Mr. Scheer

Sep 21 2017 — Michael Harris — Picture Doug Ford as secretary general of the United Nations. Imagine Donald Trump as the head of the World Wildlife Federation. Too much? OK, now imagine Andrew Scheer becoming prime minister of Canada. Slightly better odds — slim, compared to none, the proverbial snowball in hell. There are a lot of reasons for that. This […]

Andrew Scheer learns his job’s no fun

Sep 21 2017 — Paul Wells — There comes a time in every new opposition leader’s career when he discovers it’s a horrible job. This usually happens early. The reasons why it seems like it shouldn’t be a horrible job are: (a) All you have to do is make fun of the government; (b) Being an opposition leader, and therefore hating the […]

On Trudeau’s tax reform, the well-heeled kick back

Sep 21 2017 — Tim Harper — On the eve of Parliament’s return, a quick drink with a prominent opponent of Justin Trudeau’s tax reforms brought consensus. It would be one of those political meteors, we decided. Canadians are not paying attention and the tax reforms controversy would burn out in a couple of days. A week later, we both have to […]

The Indian Act and urban Canada

Sep 21 2017 — Heather Dorries — Since its inception in 1876, the Indian Act has maintained a chokehold on all aspects of First Nations life in Canada. The Act sets the terms of the relationship between First Nations and the federal government, and also sets the parameters for governance on reserve. The document is racist and sexist. And yet it also […]

Trudeau’s sinister stand against doctors

Sep 20 2017 — Nadia Alam — “Doc, don’t listen to him. You’re not a cheat.” Parliament resumed in Ottawa on Monday. Like many others, I watched Canada’s prime minister stand up on national television and make doctors sound like wealthy tax cheats. He also slammed any elected MP for “standing with doctors.” Even though seven Liberal caucus MPs — including the […]