National Newswatch

We have a problem with border crossers — but this is no crisis

Jul 17 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Bowing to the opposition parties’ demands, the Commons Citizenship and Immigration committee will hold special hearings this month on what Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel is calling the “border crisis.” The notion that there is a crisis on the border — that Canada is being inundated by a tide of asylum claimants crossing the border […]

Is this the behaviour of a government that has nothing to hide?

Jul 13 2018 — Andrew Coyne — On Thursday, at an impromptu press conference after his spectacular near-derailing of the NATO summit, Donald Trump was asked about next week’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. How did he think they would get along? The president declined to identify Putin as either a friend or enemy, but as a “competitor.” Still, “he’s been […]

Did he or didn’t he? Trudeau needs to start making sense

Jul 6 2018 — Andrew Coyne — When it first surfaced that, 18 years ago, a young reporter had accused Justin Trudeau of groping her, it seemed the prime minister was caught in a trap of his own making. Deny the accusation, published in an unsigned article in the newspaper she worked for, the Creston Valley Advance, and he would be contradicting […]

Liberals, keep your moralizing mitts off our Canada Pension Plan

Jun 30 2018 — Andrew Coyne — It’s probably nothing. It was just a tweet, after all. But when the federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, posted her approval of a recent Canada Pension Plan Investment Board decision, it caused a little flutter of alarm among those who follow these things. “Now, this is something that Canadians can be proud of,” she cheered, […]

Equalization program merits reform, but neither side is eager for debate

Jun 26 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Did the Trudeau government pull a fast one on the provinces, as political leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan contend, stealthily renewing the equalization program for another five years without change, debate or even so much as a heads-up? Or were the provinces kept fully apprised throughout, as Finance officials reply, not only in correspondence but […]

We know how much a carbon tax would cost. If only we could say the same about the Tories’ alternative

Jun 19 2018 — Andrew Coyne — For twelve exciting hours last week, Parliamentary business was held up by a Conservative procedural tactic forcing a vote on every one of 200 items in the Main Estimates. The marathon voting session was in protest at the Liberal government’s failure to release detailed projections of the cost to Canadian households of pricing emissions of […]