National Newswatch

If I’m listening to Justin Trudeau it means others are too

Aug 27 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — The Liberal Party is speaking to me. Or rather, they’re trying to speak to me. About abortion. About gay marriage. About the fact that Andrew Scheer might not be someone a socially liberal, fiscally conservative, foreign policy hawk like me might want to vote for come the October election. And I’m listening. Not because I’ll […]

The pre-election script Trudeau could be reading, but isn’t

Aug 15 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Rejoice, Canada! Say so long, first-past-the-post, and hello to the brave new world of proportional representation. Final campaign preparations under the new voting regime are now being made by all parties. Entire armies of political strategists weaned on the vicious norms of two-party battles are taking one final look at their draft battle plans under […]

The Prince of Lightness returns

Jul 22 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Well, well. It turns out you can come home again. And so welcome back Gerry Butts, Canada’s top Trudeau whisperer, who this weekend returned to the Liberal fold following his spell in the doghouse of political radioactivity. Twitter climaxed with the news, with experience varying depending on side of the political divide. For Conservatives it […]

Trudeau should try killing the Conservatives with kindness

Jul 18 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Going negative works. The Conservative Party proved it for years with successive attacks on Liberal leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Both men had much to offer, but the respective Tory counters of “not a leader” and “didn’t come back for you” had too much truth to be ignored by voters. Indeed, Ignatieff was so […]

Steel was a start. But Trudeau needs to rack up more wins

May 23 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Thank you, Donald Trump. It’s not a phrase one usually associates with Justin Trudeau, but it’s hard to believe the words weren’t spoken by the prime minister when news broke that Canada and the United States had finally resolved their manufactured dispute over steel and aluminium tariffs. Not in the specific sense, of course; the […]

That old Liberal story: the ‘hidden agenda’

May 17 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Why are Liberals tweeting and petitioning and fundraising about access to abortion, which is not under threat in Canada? They’re in panic mode. You know things are going particularly well for the Liberals when abortion becomes the topic du jour. Stuck in the high 20s/low 30s after months of SNC-Lavalin and a side of Mark […]

The new Liberal strategy: turn into Conservatives

Apr 11 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Hark! Word comes from Ottawa of the vaunted channel change from SNC-Lavalin! With everyone busy rubbernecking the multi-car, highway-closing SNC-Lavalin pile up, Finance Minister Bill Morneau went ahead and tabled his budget implementation bill. And buried in that 392-page (!) behemoth was a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that would make it […]

Are you Liberals or are you Trudeau’s men and women?

Mar 27 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — When a leader increases their party’s seat count from 36 to 184, as Justin Trudeau did in his majority-winning 2015 election campaign, he’s entitled to some good will. The question now staring Trudeau’s Liberals in the face is: how much? It’s a question at least some of the herd must be asking after their colleagues […]