National Newswatch

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 – […]

A wartime economy is a very particular thing

Mar 25 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Every day the wartime analogies seem more apt. Governments are borrowing massive amounts – as much as 10 per cent of GDP – to bankroll equally massive increases in spending. Central banks are pledging to buy all of that newly issued government debt, if necessary, and every other kind of debt besides, in whatever amounts […]

Our way of life is fragile. Only trust can preserve it

Mar 13 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Modernity made us rich. It also makes us vulnerable. Vulnerability is the inescapable condition of modern life, the price of our prosperity. Globalization – the knitting-together of countries around the world through trade, travel and communication, assisted by advances in the technologies of transmission, computation and transportation – is only an aspect of modernity, one […]

A coronavirus recession could mean a fearful reckoning

Mar 6 2020 — Andrew Coyne — No one knows how bad the coronavirus epidemic will get. The current case count is almost certainly an underestimate, and even the reported numbers, outside China, continue to grow exponentially. There’s a slim hope, still, that public-health authorities may contain it. Modern technology has enabled the spread of the disease, but technology – for testing, […]

A carbon pricing plan Conservatives could get behind

Mar 4 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Ever since last fall’s election, the federal Conservatives have been under pressure to drop their opposition to carbon pricing – the test, increasingly, of whether they are serious about reducing Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions, especially in Ontario and Quebec. The Conservatives’ failure to put forward a credible emissions-reduction plan – the party campaigned on repeal of […]

The Conservative leadership race limps off to an unpromising start

Feb 28 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Voters in the election for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1968 had their choice between, among others, Pierre Trudeau, Robert Winters, Paul Martin Sr., John Turner and Allan MacEachen – cabinet ministers all, men of great accomplishment and/or promise. The previous year had seen a race for Progressive Conservative leader that included […]

Duty to consult? Fine. But how? And with whom?

Feb 11 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Perhaps Coastal GasLink imagined, when it obtained an injunction from a British Columbia Supreme Court judge in December ordering members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to cease blocking construction of its planned natural gas pipeline across the province’s north, that construction would then resume.