National Newswatch

Is Trudeau’s national pharmacare program already doomed?

Dec 18 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Is Justin Trudeau’s signature promise of a national pharmacare program headed for the same policy graveyard as the prime minister’s 2015 electoral reform commitment? It’s early days but the stars are not aligning for the advent anytime soon of a new national social program designed to offer all Canadians universal prescription drugs coverage. Notwithstanding the […]

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 […]