National Newswatch

The greatest weakness in Western democracies is us

Nov 13 2017 — Jen Gerson — “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” Trump wrote in his tweet, referring to the leader of North Korea’s ruling dynasty. “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!” Tweeted, sigh, President Donald Trump […]

Whoever wins, new leader of Alberta’s UCP will chart course for Conservatives across the country

Oct 28 2017 — Jen Gerson — Whatever the outcome of the new United Conservative Party’s leadership vote this weekend, one thing has become abundantly clear: Alberta is angry. Why? Ask Brian Jean, former leader of the Wildrose Party, which launched 15 years ago as a the conservative alternative to the province’s dynastic Progressive Conservatives and eventually hoovered up enough of their […]

I mean no disrespect when I say that I have a problem with #MeToo

Oct 17 2017 — Jen Gerson — No doubt you will have noticed your social media feeds filled with it, the simple little status update: #MeToo. The meme, an admission of sexual assault and harassment, has proliferated in recent days as the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold. Although the experiences range from groping and peeping to abuse of power and rape, […]

Americans, take it easy. Justin Trudeau is not the liberal hero you think he is.

Jul 31 2017 — Jen Gerson — One has brown hair, the other orange. One is effortlessly bilingual, the other horrifies editors of the Oxford English Dictionary. One openly calls himself a feminist, the other grabs female genitals. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes for a tempting contrast with President Trump. He seems like the picture of serene and right-thinking liberal mindedness […]

Jason Kenney says federal Tories can win next election but ‘uniting Albertans’ is more ‘compelling’

Jul 8 2016 — Jen Gerson — Between Stampede parades and photo opportunities, Conservative MP Jason Kenney has wasted no time launching what will have to be a frenetic campaign to win the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race and unite the province’s fractured right. Whether this can be done may remain an open question, but in the meantime Kenney has categorically rejected […]