National Newswatch

Tale of prosecutorial interference a mortal threat to the Trudeau brand

Feb 7 2019 — Chris Selley — In a Thursday press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied that he or anyone from his office directed Justice Minister (as she then was) Jody Wilson-Raybould to abandon the prosecution of SNC Lavalin over some funny business in Libya, and instead pursue a friendlier so-called “remediation agreement.” Interestingly, no one had alleged what he denied. […]

Is Jagmeet Singh the NDP’s problem, or vice versa?

Jan 16 2019 — Chris Selley — More and more New Democrats seem concerned that Jagmeet Singh mightn’t have been the best choice for leader, let alone deserving of a whopping 54 per cent first ballot victory. His various alleged crimes include rendering himself invisible for months, imposing draconian punishments on popular MPs, and going on TV to suggest we stop importing […]

‘Tis the season for Liberal soul-searching

Dec 28 2018 — Chris Selley — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s year-end press conference on Parliament Hill was dominated by questions about Sino-Canadian relations, in the wake of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver. Asked why he wasn’t publicly demanding the release of Canadians detained in China, apparently in retaliation, he offered a fairly stunning bit of self-reflection.

Maybe Canada has a ‘birth tourism’ problem after all

Nov 25 2018 — Chris Selley — Well, here’s something curious. Last week the Liberal government announced it has commissioned research on “birth tourism” — that is, the practice of coming to Canada with the sole intent of giving birth, then returning home with a child who’s a Canadian citizen. “The government of Canada recognizes the need to better understand the extent […]

Child advocate is a cruel target for Tory cuts

Nov 19 2018 — Chris Selley — Amidst the flurry of announcements accompanying Thursday’s Ontario fiscal update, by far the most surprising and least explicable was the elimination of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, which advocates (hence the name) for children in care, wards of the youth justice system, First Nations children and other vulnerable groups. Irwin Elman, the province’s […]

Can Justin Trudeau sell skeptical Canadians on a carbon tax?

Oct 23 2018 — Chris Selley — On Tuesday, at 10:15 a.m., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to unveil a carbon tax for provinces that hadn’t implemented sufficiently ambitious ones of their own. It was to occur in Room L-125 at Humber College, a polytechnic colossus in the northwest corner of Toronto, and that made sense. Room L-125 is all about […]

Ontario PCs’ ‘hidden deficit’ routine is the weakest yet

Sep 22 2018 — Chris Selley — You’ll never guess what: There’s a new Ontario government, and it claims to have found glaring incongruities between the previous government’s financial reporting and reality, and we might all have to make sacrifices as a result. It’s like The Mousetrap of political theatre: it’s more than a bit hammy, and everyone knows how it ends, […]

A Doug Ford government could look like almost anything

Jun 7 2018 — Chris Selley — Ontario voters rang down the curtain on 15 years of Liberal government on Thursday night by making, in many ways, the traditional choice. Over the past century, with only one not-very-fondly-remembered exception, Ontarians have installed either Tory or Liberal governments. An unusual number of voters preferred the other change on offer: the NDP finished strong, […]

Ford lawsuit is a harbinger of chaos

Jun 5 2018 — Chris Selley — After three months of interminable comparisons between Doug Ford and Donald Trump, Monday brought us an unpleasant but useful reminder: The unusual politician seemingly poised to become Ontario’s next premier needs no foreign analogue. He is first, foremost and forever a Ford. He honed his political persona long before Trump honed his, and his family […]

Ontario PCs searching for weak spot in surging New Democrats

May 22 2018 — Chris Selley — Let us peer back through the mists of history to a time called A Few Months Ago. Ontarians were telling pollsters they were sick of Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government, but they nevertheless seemed tolerant of some of their policies: polls found solid support for the $15 minimum wage, expanding rent control and cutting […]

Liberals still don’t get why people are so upset by abortion clause in Summer Jobs program

Apr 27 2018 — Chris Selley — Wednesday’s parliamentary outrage du jour was an online summer job posting from Dogwood, a B.C. environmental group. The successful applicant will “help (Dogwood’s) organizing network stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project,” and she will make $15 an hour thanks to the generosity of the Canadian taxpayer. The Canada Summer Jobs Program distributes funds […]