National Newswatch

Women were invited to Trudeau’s cabinet table, but expected to play by old boys’ rules

Mar 4 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Does Justin Trudeau have a problem with women? That’s one of what I see as three possible explanations for the bombshell announcement Monday from Jane Philpott, the ethical pushback from Jody Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin and the recent decision of the formidable Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes not to run in the next election. Either the PM […]

Why all this effort by the Liberal government on behalf of SNC?

Feb 28 2019 — Christie Blatchford — As an experienced criminal court reporter, I have watched dozens and dozens of cross-examinations, and rarely have they not been what the great American jurist John Henry Wigmore said they were: “The greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” The deposed Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was hardly exposed to a court-style cross […]

Today sounded and felt like a death knell for the Liberal government

Feb 27 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Where to begin? Well, it sounded and felt like a death knell for the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau. As Jody Wilson-Raybould, the deposed federal justice minister and attorney-general, read aloud her opening statement at the justice committee Wednesday, with breathtaking clarity and intelligence, the room (and likely living rooms across the country) was still. […]

The question remains: Why didn’t Wilson-Raybould resign?

Feb 23 2019 — Christie Blatchford — It is my experience that truth is most often found in the middle, or as the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus said rather more poetically, “in the depths.” With that lens, imagining just for a minute that truth generally lies between extremes, consider again the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould business. (The caveat is that, speaking of depths, I […]

In appreciation of the magnificent Michael Wernick

Feb 21 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Into what sometimes seems the lair of the mealy-mouthed, there came Michael Wernick, the plain-talking Clerk of the Privy Council and the top civil servant in the country. The 37-year career public servant was the third witness to testify Thursday at the justice committee allegedly examining the SNC-Lavalin affair and whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, […]

Norman and Vance — comrades in arms, foes in the courtroom

Jan 30 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Born in the same year, to military families, Jon Vance and Mark Norman followed separate career tracks as rising stars, Vance in the army, Norman in the navy, until they ended up, respectively, as the Nos. 1 and 2 in the Canadian Forces. They would have worked together intimately, and likely found themselves, long-suffering spouses […]

A terror plot, but all we got from police was hot air

Jan 25 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Honest to Pete, it’s enough to make you tear your hair out. First came the breaking news that the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) had launched a raid on two homes in Kingston, Ont. Then came word that the RCMP would hold a press briefing several hours hence at which details would be […]

There may be toxic men, but traditional masculinity is quite glorious

Jan 19 2019 — Christie Blatchford — It never occurred to me that traditional masculinity could be harmful, as the American Psychological Association recently proclaimed, or toxic, as movements such as #MeToo and ads like the controversial Gillette commercial released this week suggest. The commercial shows two sorts of boys and men — those behaving badly (by bullying, resorting to physical violence […]

Tony Clement’s former mistress allegedly offered $1,000 for ‘explicit’ photos by group claiming ‘Liberal’ support

Nov 14 2018 — Christie Blatchford — Screenshots of an online conversation between former Conservative MP Tony Clement and a young woman with whom he had an affair show that she was offered a bribe in exchange for dirt on him by “a group of women who have been harmed by him” and who claimed to have “organizational support with the liberals.” […]