National Newswatch

There’s more of a case for requiring the governor-general be bilingual than a Supreme Court justice

Jul 28 2021 — Andrew Coyne — There was something ersatz about the controversy over the new governor-general’s lack of bilingualism – or rather, since Mary Simon is fluent in both English and Inuktitut, her lack of proficiency in French. Francophone commentators who had never previously disclosed a belief that there should even be a representative of the Queen in Canada were […]

They called the wrong guy to the bar

Jun 22 2021 — Andrew Coyne — That was quite a scene on the floor of the House of Commons the other day: The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Iain Stewart, “summoned to the bar” of the House (yes, it’s an actual brass bar) to be admonished by the Speaker for his refusal to hand over documents the Commons […]

Canada’s Green Party airs its grass-stained laundry

Jun 19 2021 — Andrew Coyne — The Green Party, it is well known, throbs with love for the planet, the trees and every thing that creepeth upon the earth. On the other hand, it has always seemed a little iffy about human beings, as if they were a kind of acne on the face of Gaia. More particularly, while the party […]

Think recognizing the ‘Quebec nation’ is harmless? In fact, the implications for unity are profound

May 29 2021 — Andrew Coyne — What does Quebec want? That has been the question on earnest Canadians’ minds for the better part of four decades. After Wednesday’s session of the provincial legislature, we need speculate no further: What Quebec wants is a flag emoji. A Parti Québécois motion demanding the internet (specifically, the Silicon Valley-based Unicode Consortium, which decides such […]

Quebec’s anglophone minority is a target, once again – and no one is coming to the rescue

May 19 2021 — Andrew Coyne — In his last piece before retirement, the veteran Montreal Gazette columnist Don Macpherson warned his English-speaking readers they were on their own. Simply put, “we don’t count,” he told them. No political party, federal or provincial, is going to defend their rights. Not when they are outnumbered seven to one by the province’s French-speakers, and […]

The deeper roots of C-10, in the thickets of cultural nationalism

May 15 2021 — Andrew Coyne — How did it come to this? Leave aside, for the moment, the implications – for free speech, for Canada’s reputation, for net neutrality – of Bill C-10, the federal government’s misbegotten effort to catch the internet in the same regulatory web as that which has long enveloped the conventional broadcasting industry. Leave aside, too, the […]