National Newswatch

How Jason Kenney’s win puts Justin Trudeau in a tight spot

Apr 17 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The consensus forecast of the impact of a United Conservative Party victory in Alberta on the rest of the country was: trouble ahead. Hadn’t its leader, Jason Kenney, promised to “stand up” for the province’s oil and gas industry, and “fight for a fair deal” in the federation? Didn’t the party platform promise to cut […]

What the Conservative carbon tax obsession will cost us

Apr 16 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The Nov. 30, 2015 election that brought the Liberal party to power in Newfoundland and Labrador marked the demise of the last nominally Conservative government in the country. After the election of a Liberal federal government the previous month and the defeat of the once-mighty Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the spring, observers wondered whether Conservatism, […]

Trudeau’s lawsuit threat all part of a cunning play for sympathy

Apr 8 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The early reviews of Justin Trudeau’s threat to sue Andrew Scheer for his comments on the SNC-Lavalin affair have not been kind: an “unfathomably stupid move … absolutely bonkers … the most ill-advised defamation suit since Oscar Wilde sued the Marquess of Queensbury.” But hold on. Maybe that’s what he wants people to think. Take […]

Are we going to do anything to protect Quebec’s minorities?

Mar 30 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Let us dispense with the obvious off the top. As the duly elected premier of Quebec, in possession of a majority of the seats in the provincial legislature, François Legault has the indisputable authority to pass legislation banning the display of religious symbols by persons employed in certain “positions of authority” in the public service: […]

The latest tactic to suppress Wilson-Raybould — smear a judge

Mar 26 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The usual anonymous sources are now whispering that the reason she was fired had nothing to do with her refusal to kill the prosecution of Liberal-friendly SNC-Lavalin. Wait, I thought it was all Scott Brison’s fault. The usual anonymous sources are now whispering to reporters that the reason Jody Wilson-Raybould was fired as minister of […]

It’s when you read details of media bailout that the chill sets in

Mar 21 2019 — Andrew Coyne — If you weren’t careful, you might have missed it: a brief 160-word item, tucked deep inside the budget, labelled Supporting Canadian Journalism. Mostly it was a rehash of the measures already announced in November’s Fall Economic Statement: a labour cost subsidy (in the form of a tax credit — presumably this sounds more palatable) for […]

Why does Andrew Scheer find it so difficult to say the right thing?

Mar 16 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Hours later, Andrew Scheer said the things he should have said the first time. Responding to the horrific massacre of Muslims at prayer in New Zealand, the Conservative leader issued a statement Friday afternoon expressing his “profound condemnation of this cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community” along with “the type of extreme and […]