National Newswatch

Was Hamilton forensic pathology unit punished for testifying against provincial bosses?

Jul 20 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Hamilton forensic pathologists say their busy unit at Hamilton General Hospital is being closed because they were witnesses in a complaint against Ontario’s top forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Pollanen, and the province’s top coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer. The unit is one of seven forensic pathology facilities in Ontario, handling medical-legal autopsies and investigations in sudden […]

A war memorial ‘built for soldiers by soldiers’ — that soldiers can’t even go see

May 22 2019 — Christie Blatchford — As the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, said on Facebook, the importance of the new Afghanistan Memorial Hall, particularly for the families of the fallen, “cannot be understated.” And then of course he and the Department of National Defence (DND) went and massively understated it. As my Ottawa Citizen colleague David Pugliese […]

My top three ‘lessons learned’ from the Mark Norman case

May 10 2019 — Christie Blatchford — They’re big on “lessons learned” in the Canadian Forces, so here then, are my top three from the recently concluded Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case: 1. The private bar will almost inevitably kick the living hell out of prosecutors. This wasn’t always true, arguably still isn’t true of provincial prosecutors, but with federal prosecutors, alas, it […]

The Jody Wilson-Raybould solution

Mar 30 2019 — Christie Blatchford — They’re thugs – the senior people in the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the clerk of the privy council and the nation’s top bureaucrat, the people in the office of Finance Minister Bill Morneau — or so close as to be indistinguishable from them. I refer to their collective behaviour around the SNC-Lavalin imbroglio, […]

Don’t blame SNC-Lavalin for lobbying so hard. Blame the Liberals for how they handled it

Mar 20 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Not quite dead yet, that SNC-Lavalin imbroglio. The Liberal-dominated justice committee did its best this week, slamming shut the door on any further hearings, least of all God forbid recalling the deposed attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done his best too, steadily stonewalling opposition and media questions with inane and disingenuous […]

Liberals shut down SNC probe with dazzling duplicity

Mar 19 2019 — Christie Blatchford — It was just one more perfectly predictable, almost perfectly staged, extended selfie in the life of official Ottawa. Budget day in the nation’s capital, the cable news networks filled with spinners spinning, many if not most of them photogenic partisans and “strategic communications” specialists doing the bidding of the parties for which they or their […]

An ignominious finale for country’s top civil servant

Mar 18 2019 — Christie Blatchford — A week after news of the SNC-Lavalin imbroglio broke, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick gave a speech. It was about a week before he testified for the first time at the House of Commons justice committee, where his opening remarks seemed unduly lurid for the country’s top civil servant. In particular, I refer […]

Judgment against SNC-Lavalin affirms the need for an independent attorney general

Mar 8 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Scorecard: Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Kathleen Roussel and deposed attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who so resolutely backed her, 1, SNC-Lavalin 0. That’s the bottom line of a stinging Federal Court of Canada decision released Friday. It’s a major victory for the DPP and Wilson-Raybould, affirming the importance and need both for the attorney general’s […]

Trudeau reveals his poor grasp of the justice system

Mar 7 2019 — Christie Blatchford — A month to the day that the scandal first broke, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has managed the improbable — both confirming key details of the deposed attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony (i.e., she was telling the truth) and revealing his own shallow grasp of what constitutes improper interference with the justice system and its highest […]