National Newswatch

Quebec’s Bill 62 declares war on sunglasses

Oct 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Somewhere in the Quebec government’s legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the province’s public transit system at risk. Ditto presumably in the case of local libraries and city parks. For a province […]

Two years in, Trudeau’s rookie ministers have accounted for much of the government’s grief

Oct 18 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrates the second anniversary of his election victory this week with his finance minister in a self-imposed exile from the House of Commons that the opposition parties would gladly make permanent. Three parliamentary sitting days in the ethical storm that has engulfed Bill Morneau over his decision to keep control, albeit […]

Bill Morneau feels the heat as Liberal support slips

Oct 13 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Finance minister Bill Morneau is headed back to the House of Commons on Monday with a target on his back and much of the burden of his government’s declining popularity on his shoulders. On Friday, an Angus Reid poll on voting intentions confirmed the ongoing erosion of Liberal support. It is no accident that Justin […]

Ottawa’s Netflix deal angers culture-conscious Quebec

Sep 29 2017 — Chantal Hébert — If Netflix’s offerings reflected the vitality of Canada’s film and television industries, one might understand why Justin Trudeau’s government would give the American conglomerate preferential tax-free treatment in recognition of its vital role in putting the country on the streaming map. But Netflix cannot have become the federal government’s best pal in the pursuit of […]

Is Jagmeet Singh poised to become NDP leader?

Sep 18 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Of the four candidates vying for the NDP leadership, the numbers suggest that only one can hope to win on the first ballot. Jagmeet Singh’s campaign has claimed credit for enrolling 47,000 of the 124,000 members eligible to vote for the next leader. If the bulk of them do vote over the next two weeks, […]