National Newswatch

In beer ruling, Supreme Court delivers reminder Constitution does not cast provinces as junior partners in federation

Apr 20 2018 — Chantal Hébert — At a time when federal-provincial tensions are on the rise, two court rulings this week offer a timely reminder that the Constitution does not cast the provinces as junior partners of a unitary federation. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court found that New Brunswick is within its rights to forbid its citizens to bring […]

Welcome to Justin Trudeau’s nightmare

Mar 26 2018 — Chantal Hébert — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had it in his power to save just one of the two Central Canada allies whose re-election is less than certain this year, which of Quebec’s Philippe Couillard or Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne would he pick? Up until this election year the answer would have been a no-brainer and not just […]

Liberals are all talk and no action when it comes to protecting the integrity of Canada’s next election

Mar 24 2018 — Chantal Hébert — The self-serving practice of preying on the concerns of targeted groups of voters by feeding them dubious information was baked in the DNA of Canada’s political parties long before social media offered them sophisticated avenues to do so. In the early ’80s, I covered a provincial byelection campaign in eastern Ontario that saw the then-ruling […]

India visit and budget more related to style than substance

Feb 28 2018 — Chantal Hébert — Connect the dots between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s India adventure and Tuesday’s budget and what you find is what was meant to be a pre-emptive one-two punch against the NDP. Trudeau is hardly the first prime minister to use trips abroad — including to India — to shore up support in selected communities at home. […]