National Newswatch

On China, Canada’s media is in danger of losing the plot – and taking our collective trust with it

Mar 10 2023 — Colin Horgan — By now you may have heard that, according to reports in both Global News and the Globe and Mail, China tried in both 2019 and 2021 to influence Canada’s elections. China’s “sophisticated strategy”, according to the Globe and Mail, whose reporters saw top-secret Canadian Security Intelligence Service documents, involved diplomats and others backing “the re-election […]

Yes, ‘Everything’ is Broken

Feb 24 2023 — Colin Horgan — “So much is broken and not working, and I think there’s a real frustration that things have been brought to this point by the government.” It is a familiar talking point for Canadians. But the source, this time, wasn’t Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who for months has repeatedly lamented that “everything feels broken” in Canada; […]

The Conservatives Are Building a Fandom. We Should be Worried.

Feb 6 2023 — Colin Horgan — “UNEARTHED,” Conservative MP Garnett Genuis tweet-shouted Monday above a short video. The clip, he went on to breathlessly claim, showed Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland discussing “the deep personal relationship between herself, Dominic Barton, and Justin Trudeau.” Barton is the former global managing director of McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm. The footage of Freeland […]

Peter MacKay’s F-35 Revisionism

Jan 25 2023 — Colin Horgan — Canada’s former defence minister has always struggled with the facts about our next fighter jet. “The facts truly speak for themselves,” Canada’s former defence minister Peter MacKay triumphantly wrote last Monday in the Toronto Sun. He was talking about the F-35 fighter jet. Its procurement is among Canada’s lengthiest, and ended officially earlier this month […]

Maple-flavoured paranoia

Jul 1 2022 — Colin Horgan — American-style discourse has infected Canada through social media. Now what? “Canadian politicians, MPs, you guys are wearing panic buttons. That says a lot. When a government is afraid of its own citizens, they are not long for this world,” prolific Tik Tok-er tomtheproudcanadian21.2 ranted a couple of days ago, before quoting the 5th of November […]

I worry what kind of person ice hockey will turn my son into

Jun 24 2022 — Colin Horgan — arlier this spring, a woman filed a statement of claim detailing an alleged sexual assault that took place in June 2018 at an event hosted by Hockey Canada, the governing body for the country’s national sport. She said in the claim that she had been forced for hours to perform sexual acts against her will […]

What are the Liberals thinking?

Sep 8 2017 — Colin Horgan — aybe it’s time to take a step back. Discussion over the Liberal government’s proposed tax reform — changes that would effectively stop people from income ‘sprinkling’ and/or discourage incorporation to avoid paying full federal taxes on salaries — is now so far into the weeds, it’s becoming difficult to even know what we’re talking about anymore.

Why Canadians are closer to losing their news than they think

Jun 22 2017 — Colin Horgan — The results of an Abacus poll published last week confirmed what most probably already suspected: if Canadian local newspapers were to disappear, few would care. When Abacus asked a cross-section of Canadians whether they’d still be able to get “the news you need” if their local paper were to go under, 86 per cent said […]

Is everything we thought about online political campaigns wrong?

Jun 14 2017 — Colin Horgan — On Saturday, Nick Timothy stepped down from his position as co-chief of staff to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and made his resignation letter public. His contrite message maintained that, as he saw it, May remains the best leader to address the frustrations Britons have about austerity, Brexit and a lack of opportunities to get […]

Is our job market ready for AI?

Apr 14 2017 — Colin Horgan — There is no clear plan to deal with the fallout artificial intelligence could bring. A week before Toronto learned it will soon host an artificial intelligence institute, U.S. treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington, D.C., that “in terms of artificial intelligence taking over jobs, I think we’re so far away from that […]