National Newswatch

Danielle Smith’s sovereignty act eats at our trust in democracy. Why aren’t Conservatives calling her out?

Dec 3 2022 — Althia Raj — Nobel Peace Prize-winning laureate Maria Ressa made the rounds of popular U.S. talk shows this week. The Filipino-American journalist, who helped expose ex-Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarianism and murderous anti-drug campaign, is a ferocious critic of Facebook for its role spreading anger and lies, and for radicalizing and dividing societies. “If you don’t have facts, […]

Insiders say Justin Trudeau ready to freeze out Quebec and other provinces in federal health-care deals

Oct 27 2022 — Althia Raj — The federal government isn’t too pleased with a new national ad campaign that suggests Canada’s shortages of nurses and doctors is Ottawa’s fault. I’m using polite language to describe the Liberals’ impression of the latest “misleading” and “offensive” pressure tactic by the Council of the Federation — the group of 10 provinces and three territories […]

An attack on free speech or a lifeline for Canadian culture?

Oct 22 2022 — Althia Raj — This week on “It’s Political,” we take a deep dive into the controversial Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act. Is it really about censorship and government control over what you see and listen to on the internet? Or is it about safeguarding and promoting Canadian culture and the French language in Quebec on new streaming […]

Ottawa quiet as constitutional crisis simmers

Oct 9 2022 — Althia Raj — Quebec Premier François Legault and soon-to-be Alberta Premier Danielle Smith share little in common. He led Canada’s most nanny-state response to the COVID-19 pandemic — imposing province-wide curfews and vaccine passports to shop in big-box stores. She campaigned for the United Conservative leadership on “vaccine choice” and a pledge to never lock Alberta up again. […]

What if we’re having a constitutional crisis and no one is noticing?

Oct 7 2022 — Althia Raj — Are we having a constitutional crisis and no one is noticing? This week on “It’s Political,” we focus on the threads connecting François Legault’s big win in Monday’s election in Quebec and the United Conservative Party leadership race in Alberta. Constitutional lawyer Marion Sandilands will walk us through recent challenges to the federal system and […]

NDP puts minority rights aside as it courts Quebec

Sep 29 2022 — Althia Raj — For a party that prides itself on standing up for minority rights, supporting a Quebec law that strips the rights of non-francophones is a head-scratcher. The federal NDP and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May voted to endorse the use of the notwithstanding clause and Quebec’s controversial Bill 96 Wednesday, by supporting Bloc Québécois legislation that […]

Trudeau government considering end to COVID-19 vaccination mandate at border and random testing: sources

Sep 16 2022 — Althia Raj — The federal government is considering turning the page on pandemic-era restrictions by ending the COVID-19 vaccination mandate at the border and scrapping random testing requirements, the Star has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have yet to make a final decision, but several sources confirmed ministers will soon weigh in on a move […]

‘It was akin to couples therapy’: Elizabeth May reveals the reasons behind her comeback — and why she’s sharing the spotlight

Aug 31 2022 — Althia Raj — Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May wants back in. The popular politician stepped down from the party’s top job in November 2019 — a position she held since 2006 — saying it was time for party renewal, time for the media to realize the party wasn’t just her, and time to showcase the Greens’ “bench […]