National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole presented himself as the new Stephen Harper. So far, he’s the old Andrew Scheer

Dec 6 2020 — Chantal Hébert — The 100th day in Erin O’Toole’s leadership found him leading a no-holds-barred charge against Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy. For more than a week, the Conservatives in the House of Commons have been accusing the ruling Liberals of fiddling while the rest of the world has pre-emptively been procuring vaccines. Time will tell whether O’Toole […]

Justin Trudeau’s government is again making big promises. History suggests Canadians shouldn’t hold their breath

Oct 18 2020 — Chantal Hébert — From a much-needed review of Canada’s foreign policy toward an increasingly aggressive China to a court-ordered rewrite of the medically assisted death framework and including the planting of at least one of the billions of trees promised to mitigate climate change, it is not hard these days to come up with a substantial list of […]

Erin O’Toole is looking for support in Quebec. Here’s why the Liberals hope he finds it

Sep 12 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Voters will get a glimpse at how incoming federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole fares on a tightrope when he holds his introductory meeting with Quebec premier François Legault on Monday. Over the first weeks of his leadership, O’Toole has sounded determined to break with some of the ways of his predecessors. Stephen Harper never wanted […]

Justin Trudeau is betting Canadians are craving an activist agenda. He may be misreading the public mood

Sep 5 2020 — Chantal Hébert — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes enough Canadians are craving for an activist post-pandemic agenda to earn the Liberals another mandate. But what if he is misreading the public mood? Come Sept. 23, the Liberals will gamble the life of their minority government on a throne speech that, if the advance billing is to be believed, […]