National Newswatch

Her free-spending ways behind her, Chrystia Freeland is all business now

Apr 9 2022 — Althia Raj — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland offered a course correction in her second budget Thursday. The federal Liberal government shifted focus from pumping the demand side of the economy to focusing on supply, investing in measures that, hopefully, spur more investment, more productivity, and more economic growth. The federal budget also signalled a readjustment to how Freeland […]

Jean Charest makes a calculated bet with a tough line on Quebec’s Bill 21

Mar 10 2022 — Althia Raj — Jean Charest’s first leadership controversy erupted before he’d officially launched his campaign, placing the former Quebec premier at odds with Conservative caucus members from his province — although whether they will publicly denounce him remains to be seen. At issue is Charest’s stance on Bill 21, a Quebec law passed in 2019 that prohibits certain […]

‘Freedom Convoy’ protest exposes hypocrisy in Ottawa

Feb 6 2022 — Althia Raj — Ottawa is in crisis. Canada’s capital is a lawless zone. There is incessant honking, midnight dance parties, fireworks in dense urban areas, fire hazards from jerry cans of diesel and gas tanks lining the streets, and trucks and cars parked everywhere. The occupiers brought horses, pizza ovens, bouncy castles, firewood and porta-potties. They erected a […]

If Erin O’Toole wants to be a leader, why does he refuse to act like one?

Jan 24 2022 — Althia Raj — Watching Erin O’Toole obfuscate with reporters Monday — on whether he supports a truck convoy protesting vaccination rules — laid bare the Conservative leader’s principal challenge. He desperately wants to avoid his predecessor’s mistakes but in doing so keeps making his own errors. O’Toole was asked eight times, whether he stands with the so-called “freedom […]

Don’t tear down 24 Sussex. It’s a national treasure

Jan 19 2022 — Althia Raj — Please, don’t tear it down. There’s been much discussion recently about what to do about 24 Sussex Drive, the dilapidated official residence of Canada’s prime minister. Some, including my colleague Susan Delacourt, have argued Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should knock it down and make Rideau Cottage the new official residence. In my view, that would […]

With this one astonishing claim, Erin O’Toole let us all down

Jan 12 2022 — Althia Raj — Call me naïve but after nearly 20 years of covering politics some things still surprise me — namely the comfort and ease with which some politicians will distort the truth. This week, that astonishment came from a video Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole posted on his social media account, in which he attacks Environment and Climate […]