National Newswatch

Scheer and Trudeau both have good reasons to fear Rona Ambrose

Nov 29 2019 — Chantal Hébert — It is difficult to spend time on Parliament Hill or in Alberta’s capital these days without picking up a lot of hopeful speculation about Rona Ambrose’s return to public life. Whether she wants it or not, the Conservatives’ former interim leader — who left politics after the party picked a permanent successor to Stephen Harper […]

Secession means different things in Quebec and Alberta

Nov 25 2019 — Chantal Hébert — In the ongoing Alberta-versus-Quebec debate, it is increasingly hard to differentiate facts from fiction. For example, to believe some of the commentary, both provinces — for different reasons — are deeply unhappy with Justin Trudeau’s re-election victory. The return in strength of the Bloc Québécois tends to be exhibit one in those analyses. But in […]

Liberals’ post-election moves are not promising

Nov 1 2019 — Chantal Hébert — It’s early days since the Oct. 21 electoral reshuffling of the federal deck, but not too early for three take-aways from the Liberals’ initial response to the election results. First, in contrast with the aftermath of the 2015 vote, Justin Trudeau has given himself a full month to put together a second-term cabinet and chart […]

Election has left Conservatives in a bad place

Oct 25 2019 — Chantal Hébert — In the cold light of morning and with the dust settling on the federal election results, it is becoming clearer that the vote has landed Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a much better place than it did their Conservative rivals. Short of winning the majority he coveted, the Liberal leader has been handed as workable a […]

Election results reflect a divided nation

Oct 22 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Under the guise of a minority victory for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Canadians have given themselves a Parliament that better reflects their deepening divisions than a common national purpose. If anything, the election stands to exacerbate rising tensions between parts of the federation.

Runners-up have little to gain from a Conservative minority

Oct 18 2019 — Chantal Hébert — For the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc Québécois, the big prize on offer in Monday’s vote is the balance of power across from a minority government. A hung Parliament would offer the third parties the opportunity to yield more influence on federal policy than the majority alternative, regardless of whether it is the Conservatives […]