National Newswatch

Hard to overstate seriousness of SNC-Lavalin allegations

Feb 9 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Can it be? Can a large, politically sensitive corporation with a history of buying influence avoid prosecution in this country by the mere expedient of a phone call to the prime minister’s office? Can the prime minister’s staff have charges against the corporation dropped by a quick call to the minister of justice? Is that […]

There are lies, damn lies and election campaigns

Feb 4 2019 — Andrew Coyne — I have an urgent warning for the people of Canada. Even now, certain agents are plotting to influence the result of the next election campaign by means of stealth and deception. Posing as ordinary Canadians, they plan to use social media to spread falsehoods designed to inflame public opinion, using the latest micro-targeting technologies to […]

How politicians could make life more affordable for Canadians, without new spending or taxes

Jan 29 2019 — Andrew Coyne — First off, can we please stop the references to party leaders making “campaign-style” speeches? What other kind is there? They’re all campaign-style speeches, nowadays, because the campaign is already under way — because it is always on. Anyway, in what was inevitably described as a “campaign-style” speech to caucus in Ottawa over the weekend, Andrew […]

McCallum has put Canada in an impossible situation with China

Jan 24 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Presumably the ambassador of Canada to China speaks for the government of Canada in China. But what are we to make of it when the same ambassador appears to be speaking for the government of China in Canada? In a news conference with Chinese-language journalists in Markham, Ont., Tuesday — the national media were not […]

Shameless bidding war for Quebec votes is only going to get worse

Jan 21 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Seldom has “profitable federalism” seemed quite so … mercenary. The phrase, popularized by Robert Bourassa to describe Quebec’s emotionless relationship with the rest of Canada — an update on Duplessis’s “rendez-vous notre butin” — was always fairly grubby in intent, but typically appeared shrouded in the majestic purple of nationalist agitprop, in which Quebec is […]

I, for one, welcome our new world parliament overlords

Jan 11 2019 — Andrew Coyne — This week’s populist panic concerns a plot to impose a world government on Canada. I’m just kidding, of course: populists are in a panic about that every week. Only this time they can point to an actual proposal — albeit one that has zero chance of ever being enacted. It’s called the Campaign for a […]

One is ready for the ‘Grand Bargain.’ Will nine follow?

Dec 19 2018 — Andrew Coyne — “It is time for Ottawa to shoulder its responsibilities,” argued an opinion piece in last Friday’s Financial Post, “by introducing a Charter of Economic Rights clarifying the vital rights of Canadians to sell their goods and services and exercise their trades and professions in every part of Canada.” The idea of federal legislation guaranteeing the […]