National Newswatch

Invoking the Emergencies Act can help build trust in government

Feb 15 2022 — Bruce MacLellan — Events in Ottawa yesterday triggered a lot of memories for me. Thirty-four years ago, in 1988, I was in my second year as chief of staff to Perrin Beatty, then minister of National Defence in Brian Mulroney’s government. My boss, Beatty, was acting on a promise by the Mulroney government to repeal the 1917 War […]

Leaders need to shore up trust in Canadian democracy

May 6 2019 — Bruce MacLellan — Earlier this year, the federal government announced it had assembled a small team of top-level public officials whose task for 2019 would be to watch for foreign interference in the fall election. Armed with a “critical incident public protocol,” the so-called Security and Intelligence Threats to Election Taskforce has a mandate to sound the alarm […]