National Newswatch

Trade wars, hot or cold, do not generally lead to trade peace

May 13 2019 — Andrew Coyne — “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation,” Adam Smith famously remarked. Donald Trump is currently putting that theory to the test. Pile on enough debt, create enough uncertainty around monetary policy, and throw up enough barriers to trade and at some point you will drive even the strongest economy into the ditch. […]

Political grandstanding could cost us both a pipeline and the carbon tax

Apr 26 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Between Liberals trying to be clever and Conservatives playing at being dumb, Canada’s attempt to manage the energy/climate change file is shaping up as a colossal bipartisan failure. The “grand bargain” Canadians were promised — the one they tell pollsters they support — was carbon pricing in exchange for building pipelines (or, if you prefer, […]

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 […]