National Newswatch

Payette is the one resigning — but Justin Trudeau has to wear it

Jan 22 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Julie Payette might still want to debate the details of what exactly occurred inside Rideau Hall over the last three and a half years. But she apparently couldn’t escape an increasingly obvious conclusion — that for her to continue as governor general would risk inflicting serious damage on the office. “I am a strong believer […]

Erin O’Toole moves to shake off the Trumpian taint

Jan 19 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Erin O’Toole’s decision to issue a 595-word statement on Sunday about his political beliefs suggests he’s at least a little worried about his public image. And he might have good reasons to worry. But the question of what kind of conservative Erin O’Toole wants to be is still difficult to answer. “If the Liberals want […]

American chaos offers Canadians a chance to reflect on their own democracy

Jan 15 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Concluding debate on a resolution to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for “incitement of an insurrection,” Rep. Steny Hoyer invoked one of the fundamental truths about democracy that was exposed by recent events in the United States. “For millennia, people have understood that a republic is only as stable and lasting as the citizens and […]

Back of the line: vaccines and the brawl over who goes first

Jan 8 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Politicians might want to be careful about suggesting that people held in disrepute should be at the back of the line when health officials decide when individual Canadians will be vaccinated. But Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was quick to object on Tuesday when it was reported that a number of inmates in federal correctional facilities […]

Are we all in this together? The political perils of pandemic travel

Jan 5 2021 — Aaron Wherry — COVID-19 is a threat that requires collective action. Unfortunately, some Canadian politicians are demonstrating how hard it can be to marshal a response to such challenges. The good news is that almost every elected provincial and federal figure in Canada appears to have avoided travelling outside the country during the holidays. The bad news is […]

Where you live is who you are: Erin O’Toole and the new culture war

Dec 4 2020 — Aaron Wherry — In the midst of the worst public health emergency in a century and the greatest economic disruption since the Great Depression, Erin O’Toole apparently also sees a culture war playing out. “It comes down to a clash of vision,” the Conservative leader told the House of Commons on Monday, “between the ‘Somewheres’ and the ‘Anywheres’ […]

The ‘Great Reset’ reads like a globalist plot with some plot holes

Nov 27 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Pierre Poilievre recently alerted the nation to what he thinks Justin Trudeau is up to. Last week, the presumptive finance minister in Erin O’Toole’s “government-in-waiting” warned that “global financial elites” are attempting to “re-engineer economies and societies” in order to “empower the elites at the expense of the people.” Canadians, he said, “must fight back […]

The Biden presidency could change the terms of the climate debate in Canada

Nov 10 2020 — Aaron Wherry — The significance of this year’s presidential election for U.S. climate policy came down to a basic difference between the two rivals. One candidate accepted the reality of climate change and wanted to do something about it. The other denied the threat and actively reversed attempts to combat it. So Joe Biden’s victory is of no […]

Trump may be on his way out — but Trumpism marches on

Nov 7 2020 — Aaron Wherry — One very important thing — maybe the most important thing — changed in American politics this week. But several other important things seem to have stayed the same. So Justin Trudeau and millions of other Canadians can now look forward to relaxing a bit come January 20, when Joe Biden is expected to be inaugurated […]