National Newswatch

The mightily misunderstood Marco Mendicino

Jun 8 2022 — Colby Cosh — Look, I’m as tired as you are of worn-out article leads that refer to the BBC’s classic docudrama “Yes Minister.” It only makes matters worse that the program is often misrepresented as a mere “comedy.” But the parliamentary scene recounted by The Canadian Press’s Sarah Ritchie on Wednesday morning is just too “Yes Minister” to […]

Jason Kenney’s demise as Alberta premier was inevitable

May 19 2022 — Colby Cosh — Jason Kenney, who resigned Wednesday night as leader of the Alberta United Conservative Party he helped create, governed Alberta exactly as if someone had handed him a relatively simple playbook at the start of his second political career. “Set aside the culture-war crap if you can help yourself,” it might have read. (And he did!) […]

The mystery behind Trudeau’s two climate change committees

Dec 15 2021 — Colby Cosh — On Dec. 3, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the membership list for the renewed set of federal cabinet committees. These are an important, underappreciated element of our system of government: even the press release accompanying the new list observed that committees carry out “most of the day-to-day work of the cabinet.” We often picture a […]

Is Canada on the verge of Toolemania?

Aug 24 2021 — Colby Cosh — Is it too soon to declare that the country is in the grip of Toolemania? Well, I’ll disappoint you: it is. But, you know, there is some weird stuff lurking in the crosstabs of the early polls for our federal election. On Sunday, Ekos published a new poll that created a stir because it gave […]

Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause would steamroll free speech

Jun 10 2021 — Colby Cosh — Well, that escalated quickly. On Tuesday, an Ontario Superior Court judge, the distinguished ex-professor Ed Morgan, quietly issued a ruling on an application by Working Families Ontario and an assortment of teacher unions. This gang hoped to block aggressive new campaign finance rules made by the province’s Conservative government. And this in turn reflected the […]

François Legault’s constitutional trap for Trudeau is only verbiage

May 20 2021 — Colby Cosh — “Does anyone else,” the Globe and Mail asked in an unsigned editorial leader Tuesday, “get the feeling that (Quebec premier) Legault just baited a political trap for (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau?” Ah, how satisfying it is, I thought, to find my own thoughts echoed in another newspaper. François Legault’s Bill 96, which injects a fresh […]

CBC versus CPC lawsuit takes an odd turn

Sep 19 2020 — Colby Cosh — Remember how the CBC brought a copyright infringement suit against the Conservative party with about 10 days left to go in the 2019 federal election campaign? We were so young then! The proceeding has not received much attention lately, but it is still underway, and I noticed this week that it has taken some turns […]