National Newswatch
Jun 19 2019 —

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will shuffle his cabinet on Thursday, following a series of poor polls barely a year into his Progressive Conservative government’s mandate. A swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the lieutenant governor’s suite at Queen’s Park, to be followed by a photo opportunity in the cabinet […]

Jun 19 2019 — Alex Boutilier and Alex Ballingall

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer delivered a climate change plan with no targets for emissions reductions Wednesday, focusing on tax credits and research investments instead of a national carbon price. The Conservatives claim their plan will give Canada its “best chance” at reaching the Paris climate agreement targets by 2030, but provided no details on how […]

Canadian Vessels Pass Through Taiwan Strait

Jun 19 2019 —

Travel by Canadian frigate, support ship risks further roiling Ottawa-Beijing ties that have deteriorated since arrest of Huawei CFO. Two Canadian naval ships passed through the Taiwan Strait this week, the first such trip by Canadian vessels in the contentious waterway since ties between Ottawa and Beijing deteriorated following the arrest of a senior Huawei […]

Andrew Scheer unveils climate plan promising ‘green technology, not taxes’

Jun 19 2019 — John Paul Tasker

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a plan for the environment Wednesday that he said would meet Canada’s emissions reduction targets while eliminating the current federal carbon tax regime. The plan, detailed in a 60-page platform-like document, is focused on what it calls “green technology, not taxes.” It hinges on setting strict emissions standards for major […]

Jun 19 2019 —

Mexico’s Senate has voted to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making it the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval. Mexico’s upper chamber voted 114 to four with three abstentions on Wednesday in favour of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump had demanded a renegotiation […]

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Scheer’s climate pledge is nonsense, just like Trudeau’s

Jun 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s long-awaited climate change plan means the Tories will now join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in lying through their teeth leading up to the Oct. 21 election. Scheer’s 60-page plan released Wednesday, which does not include a carbon tax, says the greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed to by Trudeau […]

Who says no one can change their minds on pipelines?

Jun 19 2019 — Susan Delacourt

Joyce Murray and Jody Wilson-Raybould have now completely traded places in Justin Trudeau’s government. When this year began, one of these Vancouver MPs was in cabinet; one was not. One was on board with the government’s support for the Trans Mountain pipeline; the other, well, not so much. It says an awful lot about politics […]

Trans Mountain approval lands Liberals on treacherous middle ground

Jun 19 2019 — Andrew Coyne

Honestly, what did anyone expect? Was it ever in doubt that Justin Trudeau would approve construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion? Was it really imagined his government would reject a project it had not only previously approved, but now owns? And yet the government was obliged to pretend it was “a difficult decision,” as […]

Doubts in a World of Dangerous Certainties

Jun 19 2019 — Glen Pearson

“I have become radicalized … I now think the rampant individualism of our current culture is a catastrophe.  The whole cultural paradigm has to shift from the mindset of hyper-individualism to the relational mindset.” These words, coming from one of America’s great conservative commentators, are revolutionary in their own way – not so much a […]

Like it or not, Trans Mountain is what a pipeline ‘compromise’ looks like

Jun 19 2019 — Aaron Wherry

Justin Trudeau has his pipeline, again — a pipeline he owns both politically and literally. Legal challenges will again be filed against the Trans Mountain expansion. The government of British Columbia will remain opposed to the project and committed to appealing its case to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, construction will resume. The proverbial […]

Alberta, those pipeline chickens aren’t hatched

Jun 19 2019 — Rick Bell

Pardon me if I don’t get up and kiss Trudeau’s butt. To be fair, the thumbs-up for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a pipeline Canadian taxpayers now own because the former owners wouldn’t deal with all the BS and bailed, is better than a kick in the ass with a frozen boot. But we face […]

Jun 19 2019 — Don Braid

Tuesday’s Trans Mountain pipeline approval was no whoop-de-do moment. There won’t be a Raptors-style victory parade in downtown Calgary. As Premier Jason Kenney said, the real test is construction — not the courtroom stop-and-start kind, but continuous physical progress of the pipe to Burnaby. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said several times that construction will start […]

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Jun 19 2019 —

The Canadian government has announced it’s going to restart the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. There are several Indigenous groups hoping to purchase an equity interest in Trans Mountain. Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led consortium of all Western Canadian First Nations who would like to participate, is proposing to purchase a majority share of the Trans […]

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Jun 18 2019 — John Robson

Don’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends. And don’t say things you aren’t prepared to defend. Dear Ms. Raitt: How’s it going? No, I shouldn’t ask. You tweeted something about climate change without thinking then retracted it in a panic and now look spineless and clueless. So here’s some advice. […]

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Jun 18 2019 —

So, tweeted Conservative leader Andrew Scheer last week, it’s time to “start the countdown.” In just a few days, he said, he’d unveil his incredibly exciting, and much-anticipated plan – his description — to fight climate change. Let the tailgate parties begin. It’s taken a lot of work by his Conservative team, he explains, but […]

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Jun 18 2019 — Aaron Wherry

The socialist wing of the NDP should probably send Justin Trudeau a note of thanks. If Trudeau and the Liberals hadn’t trounced the NDP in 2015, and if they hadn’t done so while running on an aggressively progressive platform, the New Democrats would surely not have released the sort of platform they did on Sunday […]

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Jun 17 2019 — John Ivison

In mid-June 2015, before that year’s federal election campaign began in earnest, Justin Trudeau released a package of 32 promised democratic and government reform measures. They were designed to provide a contrast with the incumbent Conservative government and, more importantly, garner the Liberals some publicity at a time when there was a very real risk […]

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Jun 18 2019 — Brittany Andrew-Amofah

Conversations on matters of municipal governance, autonomy and local power have found their way back into mainstream politics — specifically, on the need to empower municipal governments to better address the needs of their cities. But as conversations coalesce around the need for stronger federal-municipal partnerships, little focus has been put on the people of […]

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Jun 18 2019 — Colin Busby

The national pharmacare advisory council’s ambitious report presents a staged, eight-year plan to reduce drug costs and make public drug coverage universal with the participation of the provinces. But there are major stumbling blocks ahead. The report is silent on how the initiative would be paid for; it proposes a convoluted and unequal federal funding […]

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Fashion icon and artist Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Jun 17 2019 —

Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95. She died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side. “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She […]

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