National Newswatch

Well done, everyone: Vaccines were our last line of defence, but now our governments have bungled that as well

Jan 22 2021 — Andrew Coyne — In the U.S., the media are full of fury at the sluggish pace of the country’s vaccination rollout. Headlines describe it as a “debacle,” a “disaster,” even a “total disaster,” and why not? As of Thursday, just 36 million doses had been distributed nationwide, of which 17.2 million had been administered, i.e. injected into people’s […]

Alberta’s equalization referendum may come back to haunt the province

Dec 30 2020 — Andrew Coyne — “That’s why Alberta will be holding a referendum to scrap equalization from the Constitution in October, 2021. Albertans demand a fair deal from Ottawa, and we will not give up that fight.” Thus spoke Jason Kenney, in response to the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement – a document that promised to substantially increase payments to […]

Santa Claus is going to court: The antitrust case against Father Christmas

Dec 24 2020 — Andrew Coyne — IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20580 Plaintiff v. SANTA CLAUS, INC. North Pole Defendant COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF Plaintiff petitions this Court for permanent relief against Defendant Santa Claus, Inc. (“Santa”), to undo and prevent its anticompetitive conduct and unfair […]

How transparent is this economic statement? It’s unclear

Dec 1 2020 — Andrew Coyne — “In this fall economic statement,” the Finance Minister boasted to Parliament in the speech that accompanied it, “we are being transparent about the continuing uncertainty.” That much is true. Alas, there the transparency ends. This is less an economic statement than a promissory note, written in pencil. All sorts of things are hinted at, foretold, […]