National Newswatch

Wilson-Raybould: Will she speak? What can she say?

Feb 9 2019 — Don Lenihan — Franz Kafa couldn’t script it better. The Trudeau PMO stands accused of interfering in a legal process and the former Attorney General is the only one who can clear the air; but she refuses to do so, citing solicitor/client privilege. Meanwhile, the prime minister, her client, twists in the wind yet, inexplicably, fails to waive […]

McCallum: not diplomacy, but maybe the truth…

Jan 26 2019 — Don Lenihan — He’s done it again. After retracting his original comments on Meng Wanzhou, John McCallum has weighed in a second time. Has he lost it? Maybe not. Maybe he is simply blurting out – however inarticulately – what the government can’t say out loud, namely, that in our rush to uphold the rule of law, Canadians […]

How Trudeau can sell the transition to a green economy

Jan 22 2019 — Don Lenihan — With an election on the horizon, Justin Trudeau wants to start planning our transition to a green economy and he’s asked Bill Morneau to develop an “economic argument” that will get Canadians on side. My advice is to start with the premise that we have no choice; responding to climate change really is a matter of […]

Deliberation: can we fix government decision-making?

Dec 3 2018 — Don Lenihan — Are governments losing their ability to deliver on tough planning decisions? Projects such as pipelines, hospitals, or the purchase of fighter jets are routinely changed, postponed, or even abandoned. What’s the point of having a government, we might ask, if it can’t even deliver on its own decisions? I co-chair a team of experts from […]

Bernier on Identity and Diversity vs. What a Real Libertarian Might Say

Sep 20 2018 — Don Lenihan — For someone who calls himself a libertarian, Maxime Bernier seems remarkably uninterested in individual freedom. As the most adventurous experiment in generations unfolds around him, he spends his time writing tweets about diversity that would make a real libertarian blanch. So, what might a real libertarian say about freedom and diversity in reply? Let’s start […]

The Supreme Court vs. Doug Ford: Two Visions of Democratic Leadership

Sep 12 2018 — Don Lenihan — What do construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline and reform of Toronto City Council have in common? Both challenge conventional ideas about democratic leadership, but in very different ways. While Doug Ford’s populism asks people to trust strong leaders, Canada’s courts are busy rethinking consultation. Who is on the right track? Let’s start with the […]