National Newswatch

Trudeau can no longer use Trump as a political bogeyman

Nov 5 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — The (likely) loss of Donald Trump from the Oval Office is, if polls are to be believed, a popular outcome in Canada. One place his loss won’t be welcomed, however, is in the Prime Minister’s Office, where Justin Trudeau is mourning the loss of an ally. Of course, Trump wasn’t an ally in the conventional […]

The Canada Student Service Grant’s unusual cabinet ride

Aug 8 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — Now that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Chief of Staff Katie Telford have testified at length about the Memorandum to Cabinet (MC) approving WE Charity’s delivery of the Canada Student Service Grant, I wonder when we might be able to see a copy? Because anyone who’s been around the policy process in Ottawa knows […]

Try to see WE from 35,000 feet

Aug 4 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — Who knew Justin Trudeau was a handbrake on the ill-fated WE deal, as outlined in his testimony at committee last week, and not the facilitator, as so many suspected? A poor and conflicted handbrake, sure, given the deal went through unchanged only two weeks later on Trudeau’s say-so, but the only handbrake willing to stop […]

Stephen Harper vs. the Media, round infinity plus two

May 25 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — An old clip of Stephen Harper slating the Canadian media and its supposed role in his loss in 2015 is once again making the rounds online and, judging by the reaction on Twitter, it’s not only Mr. Harper who hasn’t quite come to grips with his demise. The journalists who covered him haven’t recovered either.

The case for accountability, brought to you by the Conservatives

Apr 20 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — Say this for the coronavirus: it leads to some pretty bizarre outcomes. No, not the frantic and extraordinary reworking of Canada’s benefit system, or the mass public acceptance of stringent lockdown measures. That’s just the cost of doing the virus’s business. I’m talking about cats becoming dogs and dogs becoming cats. Exhibit A: the importance […]

Memo to Trudeau: What Canadians need to hear during the outbreak

Mar 16 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — If anyone doubts that responding to a crisis in real time is difficult, have a gander at yesterday’s impromptu press conference featuring David Lametti, Melanie Joly and a handful of bobblehead dolls. (TL;DR: it was dreadful.) Lametti and Joly went out to ‘announce’ that they had talked about some stuff and about doing more stuff […]

Will Justin Trudeau sleep while Canada’s beds are burning?

Feb 20 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — What do Justin Trudeau, Peter Garrett, and Ian Smith have in common? Other than being powerful white men in ‘settler’ states at a point in their lives, probably nothing. Indeed, one assumes—quite comfortably—Trudeau and Garrett, the Midnight Oil singer/environmental and Indigenous rights campaigner turned Aussie cabinet minister, wouldn’t want to be caught dead in the […]

Run, John Baird. For the love of God, run.

Feb 13 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — The thing about politics is that, once infected, it never really leaves the blood. The residual fever is why I write about what I used to practice. Opining about politics gives me an excuse to follow politics without ever onboarding the huge opportunity cost of actually getting back into politics. Which brings us to John […]

Conservatives should learn from Trudeau response on Iran

Jan 16 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — If the candidates for the Conservative leadership are up for a little homework assignment, they could study Justin Trudeau and his response to the atrocity that claimed 57 Canadian lives in Iran. It would be well worth the time, and boy, do they need the lesson. If the prospective leaders study well, they will observe […]

‘Skippy’ for Conservative leader?

Jan 8 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — In the end, the first shot in the Conservative leadership contest wasn’t fired by Rona Ambrose, Peter MacKay, Jean Charest, or any of the other media darlings. It was fired by wee Pierre Poilievre. Yes, the man they call “Skippy” on Parliament Hill has scored first, in the form of a well-informed exclusive in the […]

Scheer’s critics ease him out on a technicality

Dec 13 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Andrew Scheer, meet Al Capone. No, the mild-mannered (and soon-to-be-former) leader of the Official Opposition isn’t a gangster. Not even close. But like Capone, Scheer is ultimately going down for reasons that have nothing to do with the crimes for which he is commonly associated in the public’s imagination. Or if not the public’s imagination, […]