National Newswatch

What to do with the CBC? Make the audience pay for it

Jan 24 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Perhaps you saw that clip from the CBC’s latest offering, as part of its mandate to “inform, enlighten and entertain” Canadians at the same time as it reflects “Canada’s various geographic, cultural and linguistic realities and identities” while protecting Canadian culture from the ravages of global – but I digress. The show is called Family […]

50 years later, metric still hasn’t won the day in Canada

Jan 22 2020 — Andrew Coyne — As you will no doubt be aware, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the federal White Paper on Metric Conversion in Canada, kicking off what the Pierre Trudeau government called the “inevitable” transition to metric measurement. “All units of measurement used in Canada,” declared the Weights and Measures Act, passed later the same year, […]

Who elected the CPC leadership election committee?

Jan 8 2020 — Andrew Coyne — The race to lead the Conservative Party of Canada has yet to get formally under way, but by the time it does it may already have been decided, to some extent. Some candidates will have been assigned the inside track, some the outside, and some disqualified, without a vote, without a hearing, indeed without even […]

Two cheers for minority governments

Jan 4 2020 — Andrew Coyne — It was only a sliver of time between Parliament’s recall after the election (British parliaments return to work in a matter of days, but ours for some reason need weeks or months to recover) and its rise for the Christmas break. And yet it provided a tantalizing glimpse of what could be. By which I […]

No, an accounting change didn’t blow up the deficit

Dec 31 2019 — Andrew Coyne — When the federal government released its economic and fiscal update in mid-December, with the sudden deterioration in its finances – from the $76-billion in deficits over five years projected in last March’s budget to $112-billion nine months later – it had a soothing explanation at the ready.

SNC’s guilty plea resolves nothing

Dec 20 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Perhaps the oddest response to Wednesday’s resolution of the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. came from the federal government. The decision of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) to allow a subsidiary of the corporation to plead guilty to one count of fraud, and to stay all other charges related to the bribery […]

Not all of Alberta’s outrages can be fitted in the same mould

Nov 2 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The point sometimes arrives in politics when a complex of different issues coalesce into one; when people stop listening to the arguments in favour of or against each, and instead allow their emotions to dictate a single response to the lot. We are at such a point in Alberta. Pipelines, carbon taxes, equalization, the Canada […]