National Newswatch

Tax reform debacle exposes phoniness of Trudeau’s populist act

Oct 17 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Naturally, they were both in shirtsleeves, rolled to the elbows: just a couple of regular guys in spread collars talking about their love for the middle class in a completely natural, unforced setting hundreds of miles from the nearest Parliament. Only the act isn’t working quite as well any more, is it? Delivering his remarks, […]

Election reform is coming to Canada — somewhere, somehow, and soon

Oct 6 2017 — Andrew Coyne — It is going to happen, eventually. Some day, somewhere in this country, at some level of government, the monopoly will be broken, and the debate will have changed forever. The monopoly to which I refer is the system by which we elect members of Parliament, the provincial legislatures, and city councils: single-member*, plurality-wins voting, or […]

A much-needed cultural revolution that isn’t revolutionary at all

Sep 30 2017 — Andrew Coyne — First, the good news. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s new “Creative Canada” strategy, once promised to be a much-needed “revolution” for a “broken system,” is a timid, ineffectual rehash of existing policy that for the most part avoids dealing with any of the questions raised by the vast changes sweeping the communications industries, except for those […]

Time to bust the myth. Canada does not have to be in aerospace

Sep 27 2017 — Andrew Coyne — In the beginning was the Avro Arrow. Limited in range, horrendously over budget, strategically obsolete before the first plane was built, the Arrow, made by the shambolic A.V. Roe Company of Canada, found not a single foreign buyer and was cancelled before its mounting costs could eat up the entire defence budget. Diefenbaker’s hand was […]

The odd merger of Bombardier and the Canadian government

Sep 22 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Perhaps I have been wrong about Bombardier. Until this week I had been patiently explaining to readers that the company was not, as its annual reports might suggest, in the aerospace and mass transit business. It is, I suggested, in the subsidy business. Governments, federal and provincial, periodically offer it subsidies worth hundreds of millions […]

Dangerous days lie ahead for symbol over substance Liberals

Sep 15 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Viewed from one direction the Liberals can take some satisfaction, as Parliament resumes Monday, from their current standing in the polls. With a lead of roughly 10 points over the Conservatives, they would win another comfortable majority were an election to be held today. Viewed in another way they may be inclined to some unease. […]

Scheer’s ‘positive message’ lost in all the negativity

Sep 13 2017 — Andrew Coyne — All through the Conservative leadership race, Andrew Scheer kept talking about the “positive message” he was promoting. Since becoming leader, he has carried on in much the same vein. Positive tone, positive approach, positive alternative, “positive Conservative solutions to get Canada back on track” — the air is fairly thick with positivity. “We have such […]

Ontario’s marijuana mess ensures black market will survive

Sep 11 2017 — Andrew Coyne — With Ontario’s decision to take over the marijuana business, the drug has joined the list of formerly private vices, like alcohol and gambling, the steady supply of which is now an important government responsibility. Distribution and sales of marijuana, after it has been legalized, will be carried out via a chain of special-purpose stores operated […]

The tax system can’t possibly do what people want it to do

Sep 8 2017 — Andrew Coyne — There’s a theory that the Liberals deliberately set out to provoke the absolutely lethal fury among professionals and small business owners their tax changes have aroused: something something polarize the debate something NDP vote collapses … something. Perhaps the Grits hoped a few top-hatted fund managers might be prodded into publicly complaining of being ill […]

Why the Liberals’ proposed tax changes are taking a pounding

Sep 6 2017 — Andrew Coyne — A familiar mix of government incompetence and opposition shamelessness — together with a large dollop of special-interest shinola — have combined to turn a package of relatively modest tax changes into a government-shaking PR disaster. There are lots of valid critiques of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposals. But these have been lost in a cross-country […]