National Newswatch

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 […]

Andrew Scheer’s LavScam fumble

Mar 12 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Imagine you’re a politician. Even better, you’re the leader of a political party. The leader of the main opposition party, even. And yet, most Canadians wouldn’t know you if they tripped over you in the tool aisle of the local Canadian Tire. What to do? Especially when the Prime Minister—your target—is blessed with a famous […]

Michael Wernick’s SNC-Lavalin problem

Mar 7 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Michael Wernick has tasted social media and, by golly, he doesn’t like it. Watching Wernick frantically wag the dog during his appearances at the justice committee hearings into SNC-Lavalin was certainly a meme-rable experience. Most bureaucrats go out of their way to be deathly boring—it’s practically in their job description. (Nathalie Drouin, the Deputy Minister […]

It’s time for Justin Trudeau to put his cards on the table

Mar 1 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — It’s another day, and another defence for the Liberals on SNC-Lavalin. For those of you who are algorithmically shielded from bad Liberal news, we’ve now moved from “false” after the story broke weeks ago to “yeah, well, you might think 11 people having multiple meetings or phone calls with the non-partisan attorney general or her […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould has Trudeau in checkmate

Feb 24 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — “Is Jody Wilson-Raybould going to burn my government to the ground?” It’s the question Justin Trudeau must surely be asking as his former attorney general and justice minister prepares to “speak her truth” this week at the justice committee on the question of SNC-Lavalin. If the dribs and drabs of information appearing on the front […]

Who’s down with Maxime Bernier’s PPC? No crazies.

Nov 7 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — Attention prospective People Partiers of Canada: “Mad Max” Bernier is officially dialling down the crazy. That’s right. Mad Max’s new People’s Party of Canada (PPC) is dedicated to weeding out the weird because it doesn’t want any embarrassment as it attempts to forge a path to fourth place in next year’s federal election.

The Liberals need to rip off the Norman Band-Aid

Oct 19 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — What are the chances the next election turns on whether a decorated Vice-Admiral was unjustly banged up by the Trudeau government for leaking a story about the cabinet discussion surrounding a $668 million sole-source contract for a military supply ship? Slim to none, in all probability. That’s because, despite the ship’s hefty price tag, it’s […]