National Newswatch

Anne McLellan’s appointment: one more bumbling bid to bury SNC-Lavalin

Mar 22 2019 — Anne Kingston — This week’s appointment of former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan as a “special advisor” to the Prime Minister continues the government’s bumbling campaign to wrest control of the SNC-Lavalin narrative so they can bury it six-feet under. Here, it appears, the goal is to magically switch the SNC-Lavalin conversation from discussion of political interference in […]

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould, before the fall

Mar 7 2019 — Anne Kingston — Joy. Gratitude. Surprise. Even disbelief. Jody Wilson-Raybould’s face communicates multitudes in this Oct. 29, 2015 photograph taken by Justin Trudeau’s omnipresent photographer Adam Scotti. It’s part of #first100days, a curated collection of hope-filled imagery capturing a new government in transition. In the background, the architects: Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, and principal secretary, Gerald […]

Justin Trudeau’s sorry apology

Mar 7 2019 — Anne Kingston — Justin Trudeau dropped by the National Press Gallery on Thursday morning to issue a non-apology apology before planning to fly to Iqaluit where he’d express regret for government mistreatment of Inuit during TB epidemics between the 1940s and ’60s. Canada’s prime minister is a champion of issuing fulsome apologies when they are formal and historical […]

How many times did Jody Wilson-Raybould need to say ‘No’?

Feb 24 2019 — Anne Kingston — Since its outset, l’affair SNL-Lavalin has been framed as a “he said, she said.” More accurately, the messy scandal arising from allegations that the PMO pressured then-justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to give a prosecutorial break to the powerful Quebec company has been a “he, he, he-said,” while “she” consults with her lawyer […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould fallout detonates Real Change™ brand

Feb 10 2019 — Anne Kingston — There may or may not be a commission of inquiry into the grave allegation that PMO officials put heavy pressure on Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was Justice Minister and Attorney General to help Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin secure deferred prosecution; then, when she refused, she was demoted to Veterans Affairs. We don’t know. There may or may […]

How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election

Sep 12 2018 — Anne Kingston — When Doug Ford, newly minted as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, took the stage at the party’s leadership convention last March, he conspicuously thanked one person standing behind him: Tanya Granic Allen, an outspoken social conservative and leadership hopeful. Ford spoke of his intent “to return our province to where it belongs” […]

Can white male CEOs bring diversity to corporate Canada?

Nov 23 2017 — Anne Kingston — On Wednesday, Deloitte Canada issued “Outcomes over optics: Building inclusive organizations,” a report that implores Canadian business leaders to take a “more courageous” stance to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. The subject is perennially timely; representation of women and visible minorities has increased in past decades in corporate Canada yet remains low while inequities persist. […]

Inside the progressive think tank that really runs Canada

Oct 13 2017 — Anne Kingston — How a small think tank called Canada 2020 gave rise to Justin Trudeau and became the country’s new nexus of power. In late September, Barack Obama spoke in Toronto at a brilliantly produced event offering the perfect forum for his uplifting “Yes, we still can” message. The occasion also provided a triumphant, brand-burnishing moment for […]

Women in the real world, not Angelina Jolie, give meaning to summits

Sep 12 2017 — Anne Kingston — On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, Tina Brown brought her highly successful, corporate-branded, feminist Coachella—“The Women in the World Summit”—to Toronto for a day-long event. The former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor always rustles up marquee names, and did so Monday, with a list that included Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Angelina […]

Darshan Kang and the arithmetic of sexual assault

Sep 2 2017 — Anne Kingston — On Thursday night, we were provided with an instructive glimpse into the arithmetic of sexual violence when Liberal MP Darshan Kang resigned from caucus. Kang stepped down 21 days after the Hill Times revealed on Aug. 11 that the Calgary Skyview MP was under House of Commons investigation for sexual harassment; an unnamed female staffer […]

Is the Trump-Trudeau women’s council real or fake?

Apr 22 2017 — Anne Kingston — In February, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders—let’s call it CUSCFAOWEABL for short—was launched amid much fanfare during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. Ten CEOs and business leaders—five from the US, five from the Canada—gathered in the Cabinet Room to […]

The most chilling image from the Trudeau-Trump visit

Feb 16 2017 — Anne Kingston — In Ivanka Trump’s Instagram photo, both she and the PM are hapless props. Of all the imagery that emerged from the Trump-Trudeau showdown, a photo that showed up on Ivanka Trump’s Instagram feed is the most haunting. In it, she’s seated at the desk of the president of the United States in the Oval Office. […]

Justin Trudeau’s listening tour reveals more than expected

Jan 13 2017 — Anne Kingston — Before Justin Trudeau’s transparency blow-up, the first day of his taxpayer-funded, cross-country transparency tour was going swimmingly—for the most part. Sure, the exercise is a photo-op. Perhaps, as alleged, it’s an opportunity to cultivate Liberal party donors. Yet if attention can possibly remain on those Canadians who don’t otherwise have public voice being given opportunity […]