National Newswatch

Parties to blame for failing to properly vet candidates

Feb 5 2018 — Dan Leger — Let me offer some advice to every political party at every level in Ottawa and every province. Get to know yourselves before you make us do it for you, the hard way. This simple recommendation will save pain and embarrassment for all of us: candidates, parties and voters. Fewer candidates will resign in the middle […]

Wait, is Canada standing up to the Americans? The nerve!

Jan 29 2018 — Dan Leger — Goodness gracious, fellow Canadians, have we gone off script? Have we forgotten our designated role as the obsequious neighbour to mighty, indifferent America? Do we dare? Apparently we do dare, at least when it comes to trade. It finally has dawned on us that we can do better than spin on the end of the […]

Trump’s chaos spills across the border

Jan 15 2018 — Dan Leger — After brewing away quietly for months, the NAFTA file is fermenting into a serious problem, if not yet a foaming crisis, for the Trudeau Liberals. Last week, the Canadian dollar swooned along with the country’s stock indexes as reports emerged suggesting continuing trouble in the three-state trade talks. It was hard to know what was […]

PM, rivals exude ineptitude as amateur hour grips Ottawa

Jan 8 2018 — Dan Leger — Doesn’t anybody want to be prime minister around here? With a year and change before the start of the 2019 political season and the three starting pitchers picked, it’s like they’re all just going through the motions. Consider the recent perils of the formerly faultless prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Pick an escapade: the tone-deaf and […]

Tillerson’s Ottawa visit comes amid diplomatic dysfunction

Dec 18 2017 — Dan Leger — Spare a moment to consider the plight of that oppressed profession, the diplomats. Scoff if you must, but it’s tough being an international functionary in the troubled times in which we live. Oh sure, the diplomats still have their nice suits and dresses, which they wear to polite parties in elegant embassies. They get paid […]

Our age of lies demands citizens be more vigilant

Dec 4 2017 — Dan Leger — Is it just me, or is everyone finding it difficult lately to consume the news? And I don’t mean difficulties caused by the turmoil in the news business itself or by the war and violence that it covers. I’m talking about the feeling of living in the mad crossfire of facts, pseudo-facts and plain lies […]

Where’s the love for poor, beleaguered Alberta?

Nov 27 2017 — Dan Leger — Alberta is upset. It is put upon, dismayed, even piqued. Why? Despite all it does for Canada, Alberta is unloved. These days, Alberta seems cheesed at almost everyone, not just pipeline-blocking Quebec. What have the Maritimes and Ontario done lately for Alberta? B.C. isn’t helping much. And don’t even mention Ottawa. Alberta is special. Its […]

A year later, Trump election produces regret, blind loyalty

Nov 6 2017 — Dan Leger — There ought to be a law stipulating that disputation between contesting parties in an election may continue for a post-election period not exceeding 12 months. After that, the winner must knock it off, accept responsibility and run the province/state/country. Wednesday is the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory and a reminder why such a law […]

In politics, all that matters is the cherished middle class

Oct 30 2017 — Dan Leger — If anything is clear in the dirty fog of today’s politics, it is that the much-beloved “middle class” is still whom to woo for success and power. The very title of the government’s fall fiscal update, “Progress for the Middle Class,” reminds us of this indisputable fact. Every party imagines itself as the one true […]

Is Canada headed into a new period of national disunity?

Oct 23 2017 — Dan Leger — Few political situations are as tricky to manage as those involving what we used to call “national unity,” a vague concept more properly defined as “what Quebec wants now.” Managing is most difficult when Quebec has been frustrating the interests of other provinces for internal reasons that are baffling to non-Québécois. It happens to be […]

With NAFTA on the ropes, it’s time for drastic measures

Oct 16 2017 — Dan Leger — It would be worthwhile knowing if Stephen Harper has been consulted about the North American free trade negotiations now stumbling toward an uncertain conclusion. If he hasn’t, he should be. Harper happened to be in Washington last week at the same time Justin Trudeau was there for NAFTA-related talks with President Trump. Harper is now […]

Why don’t we all get a piece of that sweet tax-break action?

Oct 9 2017 — Dan Leger — I know what I’m going to do pronto if the Conservatives and the business lobby manage to stifle the Liberal government’s tax reforms. I’m going to incorporate and grab some of that sweet tax relief for myself. As a self-employed writer in the lucrative freelance journalism industry, I stupidly have been paying my full share […]