National Newswatch

It appears Ontarians have lost faith in carbon taxes

May 16 2018 — Campbell Clark — The debate on carbon taxes at the May 7 meeting of the Commons finance committee looked like it was frustrating one of the witnesses, University of Alberta economist Andrew Leach. Conservative MPs, and Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, suggested a carbon tax won’t really reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and Mr. Leach slapped back in the […]

Gender will be a thread through several sections of Liberals’ Feb. 27 budget: source

Feb 13 2018 — Campbell Clark — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is planning a gender budget, putting federal money behind Justin Trudeau’s declaration that he’s a feminist prime minister. It will include money to pay the costs of agenda-setting pay-equity legislation for employees in the federal government and federally regulated sectors, and will go beyond that into measures to encourage the participation […]

Trudeau’s shiny stars have a lot of scuff marks now

Dec 10 2017 — Campbell Clark — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s appointment to the cabinet in 2015 garnered a chorus of wows in press stories that labelled the former lieutenant-colonel who had done three tours in Afghanistan as a “badass.” This week, he’ll unveil a plan to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia.

Justin Trudeau rolls the dice on immigration

Nov 2 2017 — Campbell Clark — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is doing something no Canadian government has done for decades: It is gambling on a lot more immigration. There should be no doubt that it is a gamble. On the day that U.S. President Donald Trump was responding to a terrorist attack in New York by blaming the immigration system, exploiting […]

Small issues could become big problems for Trudeau’s Grits

Sep 4 2017 — Campbell Clark — As they head toward the midpoint of Justin Trudeau’s mandate, Liberal MPs seem to think the public credits them with getting the big things right but a bunch of smaller things wrong. In Mr. Trudeau’s circle, that’s supposed to be a win. The Prime Minister’s advisers say one of his political mantras is “Get the […]

Gerald Butts defends new consul-general Rana Sarkar’s salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aide Gerald Butts took to Twitter to defend the appointment of his friend to a diplomatic post in San Francisco at a pay rate nearly double the official salary scale, arguing his compensation is in line with others the Liberals have recruited from outside the government – and that they […]