National Newswatch

Results of Alberta vote could drive last nail in coffin of Trudeau’s national climate-change framework

Apr 15 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Of the premiers of the four larger provinces who signed off on Justin Trudeau’s climate-change framework three year ago, only Rachel Notley is left. That makes her the second most prominent Canadian political leader — after the prime minister — to support the notion that it is desirable to strike a balance between pipeline building […]

No easy solution for Justin Trudeau’s pipeline woes

Apr 10 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Justin Trudeau’s government already has a pre-election war on its hands with Ontario and a number of other provinces over its recently imposed carbon tax. Next week’s Alberta election could raise the climate change policy stakes to a new high just in time for the upcoming federal campaign. The result of that provincial vote could […]

Secular dress code looms for Quebec

Mar 27 2019 — Chantal Hébert — The political stars are just about perfectly aligned for Quebec Premier François Legault as he opens the latest chapter in the province’s controversial securalism debate. The introduction on Thursday of the Coalition Avenir Québec’s most contentious piece of legislation to date comes at a time when the rookie government is riding high in voting intentions.

Liberal path to re-election runs through NDP territory

Mar 25 2019 — Chantal Hébert — It is no accident that the start of a weeklong parliamentary break finds Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail in British Columbia. Nor was it that, prior to flying west, the prime minister spent part of the weekend in Montreal, his home base but also the place where the NDP is determined to make its […]

Former cabinet ministers have Justin Trudeau in their sights

Mar 22 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Had former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott sought to sabotage her government by breathing new life in the SNC-Lavalin saga this week, she would not have acted otherwise. Her first post-resignation interview — given to Maclean’s on the day after the federal budget was presented — raised more questions than it provided factual answers.

The Boeing 737 Max reversal shows team Trudeau is flying blind

Mar 13 2019 — Chantal Hébert — No one will accuse Transport Minister Marc Garneau of having rushed to judgment on whether to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from Canadian air space until more is known about the causes of last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash. By the time Garneau appeared on Wednesday to announce he was reversing his earlier stance that […]

It’s crunch time for the lead players in the SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 11 2019 — Chantal Hébert — As the SNC-Lavalin affair enters its second month, its protagonists are at the crossroads. From the main opposition parties to the prime minister and including the ex-attorney general at the centre of the ongoing crisis, all have strategic decisions to make on the way forward. Start with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives. Polls show that even as […]