National Newswatch

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 […]

Justin Trudeau’s biggest threat is Liberal hubris

Oct 12 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — With a short year to go until Canadians pick their next crop of MPs, Justin Trudeau no doubt sat at his table this past weekend feeling thankful. Donald Trump is in the rear-view mirror. Jagmeet Singh is hemorrhaging MPs. Maxime Bernier’s vanity project is targeting the most rabid bits of Andrew Scheer’s base. Even Stephen […]

When will Canada see Trudeau’s promised foreign policy wins?

Aug 23 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — We’re now 14 months out from the next federal election, and the Trudeau government has yet to secure a major win for Canada on the world stage. Sure, there’s been lots of talk about progressive ideals and the empowerment of women, but precious little evidence those ideals are taking root around the world with Canada’s […]

The Liberal Party needs more than Trudeau

Aug 5 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — Justin Trudeau is an overhyped commodity, one that doesn’t sell. That’s one possible reading of the Liberal Party’s relatively anemic second quarter fundraising totals, a haul that leaves the party of government — and their celebrity leader — looking (a long way) up at the more quotidian Andrew Scheer and his Conservative opposition.