National Newswatch

Will McCaffrey have to throw friend Goldy all the way under the bus?

Sep 15 2019 — Christie Blatchford — The recent brouhaha about Conservative candidate Justina McCaffrey — Should Andrew Scheer fully disown her? Must McCaffrey herself fully denounce her pal Faith Goldy and distance herself from Goldy’s hard right-wing views and past affiliation with white supremacists? — made me think about the nature of friendship. Liberal Maryam Monsef, Canada’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, […]

Why Trudeau can dodge the two key campaign issues

Sep 11 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Natural cynicism aside, elections are ridiculously exciting for the participants and those, like me, watching them. Thus when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poked his handsome head into the press section of his plane Wednesday on day one of the federal campaign and offered a cheery “Hello ink-stained wretches!” it was hard not to feel just […]

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 […]