National Newswatch

Make no mistake about it, Trudeau’s in charge

Aug 17 2020 — Anthony Furey — A popular refrain on social media during the first term of the Trudeau government was that the PM was little more than a puppet for Gerald Butts, who was then principal secretary to the PM. The taunts sometimes had different angles to them – some of them even roping George Soros into the mix, who […]

A mandatory vaccine in Canada would not go over well

Aug 9 2020 — Anthony Furey — Canada is currently weighing whether or not to make a COVID-19 vaccine in some way mandatory, according to Navdeep Bains, the Liberal government’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Good luck getting everyone on board with that one. As if the various measures imposed upon Canadians hasn’t been contentious enough, imposing mandatory vaccines could easily […]

Looks like it’s time for a pro-Trump column

Jun 28 2020 — Anthony Furey — It was quite something to log in to Twitter last weekend during President Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally, his first since the lockdowns came into effect. Both anonymous accounts and prominent journalists and public figures unleashed non-stop jabs at every aspect of the rally as if they were auditioning to be some low-rent MSNBC version of […]

Whatever happened to ‘we’re all in this together’?

Jun 21 2020 — Anthony Furey — There’s an impasse on Parliament Hill that serves as a good example of the broader tensions playing out across society right now. On Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh put forward a motion concerning the RCMP. It called for a review of their budget, their public accountability measures and their use of force policies. These reasonable […]

Kudos to those cops who are striking a balance

Jun 14 2020 — Anthony Furey — You probably haven’t heard that much about Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on the news and across social media. Maybe that’s because she appears to be everything we need right now – a calm and level-headed officer, who is very much open to reform but also speaks out against violent looting and is not willing […]

Foreign takeovers study a good step for Canada’s China file

Jun 3 2020 — Anthony Furey — The stock market is down. Companies are available for cheap. Some pretty good companies. Some sensitive ones. Maybe middle-class people in Canada who have cash to spare will use this opportunity to make some purchases for their TFSAs or RRSPs. Or, maybe, the Chinese government will swoop in and gobble up these companies.

Re-open Canada and let the individual decide

May 12 2020 — Anthony Furey — Remember a couple of weeks ago when the State of Georgia was re-opening and we were told the sky was going to fall? They were the first major jurisdiction to take the leap, re-opening many businesses on April 24 only a few weeks after first imposing their lockdown. The list of businesses included hair salons […]

The reopening will happen sooner if Canadians demand it

May 3 2020 — Anthony Furey — The now tiresome mantra that “we’re all in this together” can only take us so far. It’s true in the sense that we’re all abiding by some form of government mandated physical distancing, eager to beat back the virus. But where it falls apart is in how different people are experiencing the consequences differently. For […]