National Newswatch

The year in carbon politics (and what to expect in 2019)

Dec 27 2018 — Alex Ballingall — If you look back to this time last year—before Doug Ford and the carbon tax resistance, before the Trans Mountain purchase and the alarm bells from the United Nations—climate politics in Canada look calm, even quaint. At the start of 2018, more than 85 per cent of Canadians already lived with a price on greenhouse […]

Raj Grewal’s status as an MP might hinder investigation, NDP says

Dec 3 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The New Democrats’ ethics critic is raising concerns that Raj Grewal’s decision to stay on as MP for Brampton East will make investigations into his gambling activity more difficult. Nathan Cullen, an NDP MP from British Columbia, said special rights afforded to MPs under the centuries-old convention of “parliamentary privilege” mean that potential investigations into […]

Report highlights Crown corporation’s multibillion dollar support for oil and gas industries

Nov 22 2018 — Alex Ballingall — A new report shows Canada’s export credit agency provides far greater backing to oil and gas companies than to makers of clean technology, a trend the authors contend undermines the country’s commitment to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement. Released Thursday and sponsored by a host of environmental groups, the report from the research […]

Bill Blair slams Conservative MP’s ‘Guns and Guinness’ fundraiser

Nov 20 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair is slamming a Conservative MP for hosting a “Guns and Guinness” fundraiser last weekend. In a statement to the Star, the former Toronto police chief said it is “deeply disappointing” that an opposition member would hold a firearms- and alcohol-themed event when Canada is seeing “seeing […]

Could left-wing populism take flight in Canada?

Nov 4 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The symbolism, to Avi Lewis’s eye, was spot on. The leader of the federal New Democratic Party, on Bay St. on Friday morning, talking about how the “ultra-wealthy” need to pay their share. But, for Lewis, the imagery fizzled with Jagmeet Singh’s message: a trio of policy proposals about stocks, corporate wealth and taxation that […]

Doug Ford’s budget adviser praised carbon pricing in 2016

Oct 31 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The chief budget adviser to Ontario’s anti-carbon tax premier once told Canadian senators that putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions is “the single most important thing that any government can do to transition to a low-carbon economy.” Benjamin Dachis, now Premier Doug Ford’s director of policy, budget and fiscal planning, was supportive of a […]