National Newswatch

Donald Trump just wants to watch the world burn

Jun 2 2020 — Andrew Coyne — It is hard to assess how much Donald Trump is the cause of his country’s disintegration, and how much the consequence. Suffice it to say that the times brought forth the man: the perfect embodiment of all the fears and resentments – of foreigners, of minorities, of liberal elites – of the Republican base.

The China-Canada ‘relationship’ is not worth saving

May 29 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Even before Wednesday’s British Columbia Supreme Court ruling in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the government of China was warning of the effect an adverse decision for Ms. Meng would have on relations with Canada. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry demanded her immediate release, to avoid “continuous harm to China-Canada relations.” […]

Political parties aren’t like private employers – so they shouldn’t have access to the wage subsidy

May 27 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Unveiling details of the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy in April, Justin Trudeau took care to stress that abuse of the program by greedy employers would not be tolerated, promising “stiff and severe penalties for trying to take advantage of this system and of your fellow Canadians.” How fine, then, to discover among those lining […]

We can be clear-eyed on China, without being dumb-headed

May 20 2020 — Andrew Coyne — When it comes to relations with China, there would appear to be two choices. On the one hand, there is the position of the Liberal government and certain corners of the business community: a hazy mix of complacency, denial and appeasement. In this view, China is either the next global hegemon or a useful counterweight […]

Everything has changed (except the abiding faith of industrial-strategy enthusiasts)

May 8 2020 — Andrew Coyne — There are, it has been said, two kinds of writing about economics. The first is the work of academic economists – rigorous, methodical, incremental – in which a set of assumptions about the relationship between certain economic variables are expressed as equations, which when solved simultaneously yield certain conclusions, which are then tested against reality […]

We can see the way out of the coronavirus pandemic, but the steps to get there will be slow

Apr 18 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Belatedly, and with great reluctance, governments across Canada have recently released their projections of how far and how fast the COVID-19 pandemic will spread among their populations. Their hesitation was understandable, though not for the reasons given: that forecasts of this kind are inherently uncertain, or that they did not want to incite panic. Rather, […]

There’s reason for hope in Canada’s coronavirus data

Apr 7 2020 — Andrew Coyne — At time of writing, Canada had roughly 18,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On its own, this does not tell us much. Is 18,000 a lot or a little? Only by comparison with some other benchmark – with previous experience, with other countries, with hospital capacity, with the population – can we begin to make sense […]

Save Grandma or save the economy? It depends

Mar 31 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Should we sacrifice Grandma for the GDP? That more or less sums up the debate in much of the U.S. media over the past week, ever since U.S. President Donald Trump mused aloud to a Fox News reporter about relaxing the already patchy American shutdown of social and economic activity in time for Easter – […]