National Newswatch

Canada is a Horse, Mr. O’Toole, Not a Camel: Why the New “Conservative Philosophy” Won’t Work

Nov 18 2020 — Don Lenihan and Andrew Balfour — Reading Erin O’Toole’s recent speeches reminded us of the old management consultants’ joke that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Apparently, O’Toole doesn’t get it. He wants to build a new electoral coalition around a “philosophy” that has even bigger bumps than our enigmatic desert friends. The Tory leader embraces three fundamentally […]

Playing Politics with the Pandemic: Jason Kenney Between a COVID Rock and a Separatist Hard Place

Nov 10 2020 — Don Lenihan and Andrew Balfour — Pfizer brought the world some great news yesterday, but an end to the pandemic is still a long way off. Getting Canadians there quickly will require lots of intergovernmental cooperation – and that has us worried. Politics and pandemics are a lethal mix, and Jason Kenney’s decision last week to reject Ottawa’s COVID Alert app […]

The Second Wave: Why decision-making has never been harder – or more important – for leaders like Doug Ford

Oct 15 2020 — Don Lenihan and Andrew Balfour — When the pandemic first hit, none of us knew what to expect. Medical experts called for a lockdown and governments took their advice. This time round it’s different. Our political leaders are being called on to protect both our health and our economy. As Doug Ford noted on Tuesday, that can be an unpleasant place […]

Leslyn Lewis Needs a Lesson on Assisted Dying – and Democracy

Sep 1 2020 — Don Lenihan and Andrew Balfour — As a candidate for the Conservative leadership, Leslyn Lewis hoped to “stop the expansion of new categories for Medically Assisted Death.” Social conservatives like Lewis are angry that party leaders prevent MPs from “voting their conscience” on a list of issues, including assisted dying, abortion, and LGBTQ rights. In their minds, whipping these votes is undemocratic and […]

Wexit: A Populist Surge?

Jul 18 2020 — Don Lenihan — Populism is sweeping the globe, but so far Canada has been relatively untouched. Our luck may be running out. Albertans’ satisfaction with Canadian democracy has fallen 19 points in the last two years. In Saskatchewan, high-quality candidates are said to be standing in line to run for Wexit in the next federal election. So, how […]