National Newswatch

Asking the Liberal government questions, at a time like this? Who does the Opposition think it is?

Oct 21 2020 — Andrew Coyne — “Do we really want a committee,” an incredulous Pablo Rodriguez, Government House Leader, asked reporters on Tuesday, “that has the power to force the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, all ministers, to drop their work, the important work they’re doing and come testify?” There you have the nub of the question, at least as […]

Hang on: shouldn’t every state be a battleground state?

Oct 14 2020 — Andrew Coyne — With three weeks to go, the U.S. presidential election is coming down to a fight over about a half a dozen “battleground” states. Mind you, every U.S. presidential election comes down to a fight over half a dozen battleground states, usually the same ones: Florida and Ohio; Iowa and Wisconsin; North Carolina and Georgia, if […]

How to raise taxes, without wrecking the economy

Oct 9 2020 — Andrew Coyne — We need to talk about raising taxes. We need to talk about it because we are looking at a more or less permanent budget deficit if we do not. The recent report of the Parliamentary Budget Office, in which federal spending, driven to astronomic heights by the cost of pandemic relief programs, snaps sharply back […]

Trump’s debate conduct was mortifying. But his message was terrifying

Oct 1 2020 — Andrew Coyne — The day before Tuesday’s presidential debate, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a joint statement warning of “foreign actors” spreading “false and inconsistent information” in an attempt to “discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in US democratic institutions.” The previous week, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting director, Chad Wolf, […]

English speakers in Quebec, meet l’autobus

Sep 29 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Among the “four foundations” of the Throne Speech, along with fighting the pandemic, providing support through the crisis and, of course, “building back better,” was a pledge to “stand up for who we are as Canadians.” “We must never forget the values that make us who we are,” the speech crooned. Among those defining values […]

What else does Erin O’Toole want to take back?

Sep 16 2020 — Andrew Coyne — On the night he won the Conservative leadership – late that night – Erin O’Toole vowed before God, the press and any remaining television viewers that he would fight for the rights of all Canadians. “I’m in politics to defend the rights of Canadians,” he said, boasting of his record of “standing up for human […]

Her Excellency’s excellence is self-evident – at least to Trudeau

Sep 8 2020 — Andrew Coyne — With his customary concern for accountability and due process, the Prime Minister has summarily declared Julie Payette to be an “excellent” Governor-General whom he has no intention of replacing, days after the launch of an independent review of her allegedly toxic employee relations, on the grounds that “nobody’s looking at any constitutional crises.” What can […]

The temptation of Erin O’Toole

Sep 1 2020 — Andrew Coyne — It’s been barely a week since Erin O’Toole was elected Conservative leader, and already the press gallery has helpfully laid out his agenda for him. He has to introduce himself to Canadians before the Liberals can “define” him. He has to unite the party, while turning his back on the social conservatives who elected him. […]