National Newswatch

It’s all about the stats: What politics and baseball have in common

Jul 2 2022 — Chris Hall — In his final column as host of The House, Chris Hall talks with three political strategists to examine the intersection between two of his favourite subjects: politics and baseball. There’s a saying that life imitates art. But for my money, there’s another comparison that’s equally true. Politics imitates baseball. Here’s the pitch. Politics and baseball […]

Trudeau defends vax mandates, Emergencies Act decision, in interview

Jun 24 2022 — Chris Hall — Justin Trudeau says people who chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must accept the consequences of those decisions, including lost employment and restricted access to transportation and other services. “It was their choice and nobody ever was going to force anyone into doing something they don’t want to do,” the prime minister said in […]

Canada and the U.S. are looking for ‘friendly’ trading partners in a perilous world

May 7 2022 — Chris Hall — U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai visited Canada this week — a two-day, two-city visit with International Trade Minister Mary Ng intended to showcase the closeness of the Canada-U.S. relationship. Two countries that share the same democratic values in a tumultuous world. Two governments committed to expanding trade. Neighbours. Partners. Friends. There are points of friction, […]

As Halifax turns into a housing hotspot, many look to Ottawa for relief

Apr 16 2022 — Chris Hall — Lachi Mainali and Lachsman Koirala stood outside a mustard-coloured house on a corner lot in Timberlea, a suburban community outside Halifax. It’s a long way from the downtown hospital where they work in housekeeping. But they’re priced out of the real estate market in the city. This home — a split level with four bedrooms […]

With her latest budget, Freeland faces pressure to do more — and a lot less

Apr 5 2022 — Chris Hall — In her first budget a year ago, Chrystia Freeland told Canadians that there was a risk of doing too little to secure the post-pandemic recovery. As the finance minister prepares to deliver her second financial plan later this week, there’s every expectation that she will continue to spend. Between the Liberals’ own election pledges — […]

Electric vehicles face roadblocks as feds try to boost sales

Mar 12 2022 — Chris Hall — Canada’s first emissions reduction plan will be tabled in the House of Commons in two weeks. But the minister in charge says it won’t include specific details on how to meet the federal government’s sales targets for zero-emission cars and trucks over the next decade. The federal plan is to require that half of all […]

‘Digital mercenaries’: MPs describe their clashes with disinformation campaigns

Mar 5 2022 — Chris Hall — The explosion of misleading and false information online in recent years will be difficult for governments to regulate on their own, say MPs who have themselves been targets of disinformation campaigns. “Can we actually regulate this? My gut instinct is no,” said Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who took part in a panel discussion airing […]

Russia unlikely to deploy nukes in Ukraine conflict, says ex-NATO deputy

Feb 26 2022 — Chris Hall — A former top NATO diplomat says she doesn’t believe Russian President Vladimir Putin would use nuclear weapons if western countries intervene to stop his invasion of neighbouring Ukraine. Putin warned this week that members of the western military alliance would face “consequences that you have never encountered in your history” — a warning that many observers interpreted […]

Uncivil society: Ottawa’s vaccine protest could be a sign of things to come

Feb 5 2022 — Chris Hall — Call it a protest. An occupation. A siege. Whatever your word of choice, downtown Ottawa continues to be the site of a huge demonstration. Its participants, those in the trucks and in the streets, are issuing conflicting demands, ranging from calls for the Trudeau government to capitulate on the vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers to […]

Liberal MP backs anti-vax tax proposal as COVID cases surge

Jan 15 2022 — Chris Hall — A Liberal MP who works as a medical doctor says he’s in favour of making unvaccinated Canadians pay some kind of a special tax — and he believes others in his party agree. “We already have taxes on tobacco. We have taxes on alcohol, which are there for similar reasons because people who consume those […]