National Newswatch

Trudeau’s debate no-show speaks volumes more than if he had shown up

Sep 13 2019 — Chris Selley — “Now with 25 per cent fewer leaders.” That was Maclean’s writer Paul Wells’ very apropos quip to introduce the first leaders’ debate of the 2019 federal election campaign. Despite what Liberal partisans might tell you, Justin Trudeau’s absence is neither justifiable nor a good look. On Aug. 6, 2015, Stephen Harper, Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair and […]

Barely centre-left vs. barely centre-right, for all the marbles

Sep 11 2019 — Chris Selley — As Canada’s federal politicians head to the campaign trail, climate scientists warn we are at the precipice of global disaster. The governing Liberals echo said warnings. Yet neither they nor the Conservatives have a plan to achieve our existing emissions targets, never mind the more ambitious ones the boffins insist are necessary. Green Party leader […]

Trudeau’s mea culpa over his electoral reform debacle is truly mind boggling

Aug 30 2019 — Chris Selley — Pre-campaign books about politicians are always interesting when the author gets significant access to the subject, because it gives the subject a chance to offer a well-thought-out and carefully considered case for his election or re-election to an impartial reporter. It’s not a press conference full of headline-hungry hacks marinating in Red Bull; it’s a […]

Climate change fracas exposes ridiculous third-party spending rules

Aug 21 2019 — Chris Selley — Many Canadians have been understandably flummoxed, with gusts to outraged, by news that Elections Canada has warned organizations advocating for more forceful action against climate change that they may have to register as “third parties” for the upcoming election, and be subject to limits on advertising expenditures during the campaign. “The climate crisis is objectively […]

With Jihadi Jack, Britain gives Canada a taste of its own medicine

Aug 20 2019 — Chris Selley — On Sunday we learned that Jack Letts, known in the British press as Jihadi Jack, is no longer a British subject. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid and then-prime minister Theresa May reportedly approved stripping the alleged ISIL fighter of his citizenship as one of their administration’s final acts and it seems they didn’t even send a […]

Trudeau Liberals revealed their true selves to Canadians long ago

Apr 3 2019 — Chris Selley — Not surprisingly, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s two-page letter on Tuesday asking to remain part of the Liberal caucus proved unsuccessful. At 5:44 p.m. EST, she announced on Twitter that she had been turfed. Luckily, perhaps not accidentally, the letter works just as well as a giant middle finger aimed backwards. “We committed to break old and cynical […]

For the NDP in Quebec, the dream is over

Mar 12 2019 — Chris Selley — The NDP is officially on the offensive in Quebec. On Monday in Montreal, newly minted deputy leader Alexandre Boulerice promised the party’s “environmental plan … will put an end to half-measures.” Brigitte Sansoucy, chair of the NDP’s Quebec Caucus, suggested they would offer “concrete solutions for Quebecers (on) issues like employment, agriculture and support for […]