National Newswatch

NDP climate policy is serious but not radical

Jun 3 2019 — Campbell Clark — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has had several different climate-change policies, but none of them were in the climate platform he released last week. Only last month, he was telling the country the NDP was moving in a bold new direction on environmental issues, opposing all new oil-and-gas infrastructure. That meant no new pipelines or major […]

Liberals want people to know Andrew Scheer is personally opposed to abortion, even if he promises he won’t change the law

May 30 2019 — Campbell Clark — What’s the opposite of a dog whistle? An air horn? Whatever it is, it is what Justin Trudeau was using to send a political signal when he complained about U.S. “backsliding” on abortion rights to Vice-President Mike Pence. This was no sly message designed to perk up the ears of a particular target audience without […]

Andrew Scheer’s diversity speech is personal, but short on immigration policy details

May 28 2019 — Campbell Clark — Andrew Scheer’s big immigration-policy speech was not about immigration policy, but about telling the country that he’s not a bigot. That section of the speech, laying out the Conservative Leader’s personal commitment to diversity and equality, and telling racists they have no place in his party, was personal, and it was important. Good thing, too. […]

Canadians were waiting to hear Trudeau’s full explanation on SNC-Lavalin – and they didn’t get it

Mar 7 2019 — Campbell Clark — Not an apology. Not really an act of contrition. Not a full-throated defence. Not a detailed accounting of events. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s press conference on the SNC-Lavalin affair included an assertion that there were lessons learned although he wasn’t terribly specific about which ones. So what was that? The Prime Minister said that he […]

Ambassador John McCallum’s comments undermine Ottawa’s argument for rule of law

Jan 24 2019 — Campbell Clark — What was John McCallum thinking? The Canadian government has persistently pushed back at Chinese pressure over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou by insisting this is a rule-of-law country where the government can’t influence judges. But then Mr. McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, waded in by suggesting that Ms. Meng, who is sought for […]

Ottawa’s allies feel the chill as Beijing shows how it will likely act as a superpower

Jan 17 2019 — Campbell Clark — There have been detentions, dark warnings and a death sentence. And the rhetoric in the seething dispute with China turned strangely to whether Canada has a lot of friends. In Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry’s surprisingly pugnacious spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, dismissed Canada’s efforts to rally international support in its tense dispute with China, using what […]