National Newswatch

When it came to Kevin O’Leary, Canada, we done good

May 3 2018 — Colby Cosh — One thing Canada cannot ordinarily be accused of is being slow to pat itself on the back. And yet! When it comes to the failure of Kevin O’Leary’s quixotic campaign for the federal Conservative leadership, we have a sort of unnoticed national mystery that demands an explanation. Whether or not you were a fan of […]

Trans Mountain cries for help but Alberta’s bailout won’t save it

Apr 9 2018 — Colby Cosh — On Sunday night, the infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced that it is mothballing the planned expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline and will cancel the project unless it has an agreement among “stakeholders” before May 31. Kinder Morgan’s press release goes on to describe what such an “agreement” means: the government of British Columbia has […]

The Tale of the Handsome Prime Minister Who Did Nothing Wrong

Dec 22 2017 — Colby Cosh — Everybody who has written about the prime minister’s violations of the federal Conflict of Interest Act—even if they did so cautiously, long in advance of this week’s formal finding of guilt by the Ethics Commissioner—is suddenly meeting with a great deal of social media resistance. I don’t think I’ve touched the Aga Khan-spiracy issue personally, […]

Why Trudeau got taken for a ride in China

Dec 8 2017 — Colby Cosh — My favourite part of the fair has always been the sideshow. And when it comes to Justin Trudeau’s official visit to China, the sideshow definitely turned out to be the most interesting part of the proceedings. Interpreting the outcome of the visit involves a certain amount of old-fashioned Kremlinology, applied to both sides, but it […]

Hands off Morneau! In defence of a great Albertan

Oct 20 2017 — Colby Cosh — A colleague told me the other day that I should write a column about Finance Minister Bill Morneau — basically, because no columnist should pass up a chance to face wash some politician for ineptitude or deviousness. This struck me as a strong argument. But my response was that I would never dream of treating […]

Brad Wall could be the most successful Canadian politician alive, period

Aug 10 2017 — Colby Cosh — Let me be the first to propose the silly-but-I-sort-of-half-believe-it theory of Brad Wall’s retirement from politics. It is, perhaps at least partly, about his son’s music career. Wall’s kid Colter (you’ll notice that classic Western Hockey League first name) is a talented country singer-songwriter whose first full LP came out this summer. He is on […]

The Alberta political landscape has become an unregulated wild west

Jun 26 2017 — Colby Cosh — Everybody says that British Columbia politics is SOOO CRAZY right now because there’s a hung legislature and political parties are cynically trying to make the best use of their leverage. I am not sure why this is considered madness; it looks a lot like business as usual. But, meanwhile, in Alberta, electoral politics have been […]