National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer steers hard to right on UN migrants pact

Dec 5 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Since he became Conservative leader, it has been a matter of speculation: how far would Andrew Scheer go to pander to the populist-nationalist right, specifically on the matter of immigration? His predecessor had pulled in both directions at once, one minister building bridges to immigrant communities even as another was blowing them up. But candidates […]

Liberals’ $600M aid package for news media will irrevocably politicize the press

Nov 24 2018 — Andrew Coyne — In August, 1981, the Kent Commission — appointed to investigate the Canadian newspaper industry in the wake of the simultaneous closings of the Ottawa Journal and the Winnipeg Tribune — issued its report. Among other recommendations for government intervention in the news business, it called for tax credits to be given to newspapers with higher-than-average […]

Don’t bet on carbon tax deciding the next election

Nov 14 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Are Conservatives right to think the next federal election will be a referendum on carbon pricing? And are they likely to win if it is? There they all are on that now-notorious Maclean’s cover: the premiers of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, together with the Conservative leader and presumptive next premier of Alberta and the federal […]

Election warning signs ominous for Trump in the long term

Nov 8 2018 — Andrew Coyne — In a just world, in a country that still remembered what justice looked like, Americans would have seized the opportunity of the midterm elections to rise up against a president, and the party that sustains him, that have violated every norm, debased every standard, inflamed every prejudice, and corrupted (or attempted to) every institution of […]

Political parties — not Statistics Canada — are the real bad guys of privacy invasion

Nov 5 2018 — Andrew Coyne — For the past week, question period has been dominated by accusations from Conservative MPs that a government agency has been spying on Canadians — improperly gathering sensitive personal information, it is suggested, on behalf of the ruling party. That shadowy cabal? You guessed it: Statistics Canada. The Conservatives have invested much effort in recent years […]