National Newswatch

When it comes to Trans Mountain, Trudeau is on the right trail

Apr 16 2018 — Andrew Coyne — It was not inevitable that we should arrive at such a pass over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: province divided against province, First Nation against First Nation, with the economic union and the rule of law as potential collateral damage. A debacle this big does not come about without years of hard work on all […]

Exactly why do we need a Senate ?

Apr 14 2018 — Andrew Coyne — More than two years after the Trudeau government introduced its system of “independent, merit-based” appointments to the Senate, transforming — so it was said — the Other Place from a house of patronage and partisanship to a house of virtue, the government’s “representative” in the Senate has given some thought to how it will all […]

Three ways the federal government can get Trans Mountain built

Apr 10 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Well, that got people’s attention. Kinder Morgan’s announcement that it would halt all “non-essential” spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion pending the government of British Columbia’s agreement to stand down its opposition to the project may or may not have been quite the surprise it was made out to be. But certainly the ultimatum, […]

Serious questions remain around Atwal affair despite partisan silliness

Apr 6 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Like much of the nation, I have been riveted by the high-stakes test of wills between government and opposition over who should brief whom about what with regard to l’affaire Atwal. As I need hardly recapitulate, the Conservatives had demanded the prime minister’s National Security and Intelligence Adviser, Daniel Jean, appear before a Commons committee […]

It’s simple, really — raise carbon taxes and cut income taxes

Apr 5 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Twenty-six years after the Rio Earth Summit, 20 years after the Kyoto Protocol, eight years after the Copenhagen Accord, two years after the Paris Agreement, here is where things stand in Canada, a signatory to all four. • We are nowhere near meeting our commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Or rather, we are firmly […]

Trudeau Liberals trod same cynical path as those before them

Apr 2 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Is it inevitable that every government becomes what it once despised — a matter of the realities of power overtaking the dreams of opposition? Or do their broken promises, ethical lapses and abuses of power remain, in the end, choices, for which they can be held to account? Do governments turn to seed, or were […]