National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau appears to be weathering the SNC-Lavalin storm

Aug 21 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Even before the Liberals used their majority on a parliamentary committee on Wednesday to shut down future inquiries into the federal ethics commissioner’s scathing report about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin file, there were signs that Mario Dion’s findings were not destined to become a turning point of the pre-election season. By […]

Alberta and Quebec have little chance of pipeline compromise

Aug 19 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Keeping track of Quebec and Alberta’s premiers these days is like watching two runaway trains on a pipeline-driven collision course. Neither Jason Kenney nor François Legault seems inclined to put his foot on the brake. It is not clear that either of them can alter course without derailing his agenda. By all indications, Canada’s s […]

Ethics report’s damning findings are a first for a sitting prime minister but is it enough to take Trudeau down?

Aug 14 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Where to start? The ethics commissioner report on the SNC-Lavalin affair contains the most damning findings ever rendered by an officer of Parliament against a sitting prime minister. Yes, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin were splattered by the sponsorship scandal. And Stephen Harper spent his last year in office embroiled in a senate scandal that […]

Trudeau sows confusion with his mixed messaging on Indigenous genocide

Jun 10 2019 — Chantal Hébert — After a week’s consideration, it seems Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not completely convinced after all that Canada’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples amounts to genocide. The latter was the main and most controversial finding of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The prime minister had […]

Dozens of MPs saying farewell to federal politics

Jun 7 2019 — Chantal Hébert — This is the time in the political cycle when the revolving doors of politics are in full swing. Dozens of Canada’s current MPs are saying farewell to federal politics this month with more retirement announcements expected to come over the summer. They are often leaving their parties with big gaps to fill. And that sometimes […]

Doug Ford’s unpopularity is Andrew Scheer’s problem

Jun 6 2019 — Chantal Hébert — As Doug Ford’s Tories celebrate the first anniversary of their election victory this week, the jubilation in federal Conservative backrooms at the return of their party to power in Canada’s largest province has given way to trepidation. Barely a year in his term, Ford has become more unpopular than the chronically unpopular Liberal premier he […]

Liberal insiders looking at Mark Carney as Trudeau’s successor

May 28 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership has not emerged unscathed from his trouble-plagued pre-election season. With a possible Liberal defeat this fall in mind, some insiders are already strategizing a path to the party leadership for former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney. Carney is due to finish his current gig as governor of the Bank […]