National Newswatch

Why didn’t the media think ‘Peoplekind’ was funny?

Feb 13 2018 — Gerry Nicholls — What I find so funny about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent “peoplekind” comment is how the Canadian media steadfastly refused to find it funny. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about here, let me provide a brief background. A little while ago, during one of his “Town Hall” meetings, Trudeau interrupted a young […]

Behold, the New Trudeau Man

Jan 7 2018 — Gerry Nicholls — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took power in 2015, he promised us “change.” At the time, we all thought it was government he was going to change, making it better or – given this is Trudeau we’re talking about – making it adorable. But it turns out we were wrong.

Canada’s dual personality prime minister

Sep 5 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have evolved into a political version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He simultaneously possesses two starkly different political personalities, which for the sake of originality – and to avoid being sued by the estate of Robert Louis Stevenson — I like to call “Dr. Cynical” and “Mr. Fun.” […]

Homage to the ‘Merchant of Venom’

Aug 28 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — Indeed, obituaries in the New York Times and Washington Post noted how Finkelstein, who was known for his innovative and aggressive tactics, had revolutionized American politics. What wasn’t mentioned in those obituaries, however, is how Finkelstein also influenced Canadian politics. And influence it, he did. In fact, Finkelstein showed Canadian conservatives how to play the […]

Trudeau, the media and the kumquat principle

Jul 18 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — If you’re wondering why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enjoys so much favourable media coverage, the answer can be found in the “Kumquat Principle of Political Publicity.” This totally scientific principle (which I made up about five minutes ago) states: “If you want a brief mention in an obscure business journal, write a 500 page report […]

Take the Conservative litmus test

May 10 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — One side effect of the Conservative Party leadership race, which is now (mercifully) entering its final phase, is it has conservatives across Canada debating the meaning of conservatism. Or more to the point, conservatives are currently asking themselves “Who are the true conservatives?” Is a true conservative a Kellie Leitch-style populist or a Maxime Bernier-style […]

Canadian media is pushing us all to be Liberal

Mar 17 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — Imagine if instead of facing Opposition parties in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced nothing but a wall-to-wall mirror, meaning all he could see was his own adorable reflection. OK, don’t worry, this is not a set up for a lame joke about Trudeau’s narcissism. It’s actually a set up for a […]

Former rock star Trudeau downgraded to “regular politician”

Dec 29 2016 — Gerry Nicholls — Seeing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau get slammed with negative media coverage is like watching the Good Ship Lollipop get torpedoed in the waters of Peppermint Bay. It’s startling to behold, since Trudeau’s “sugar and spice” political persona has always seemed to guarantee him media attention that alternates somewhere between fawning and adulatory. In fact, up […]

Trump, trade and sunny ways

Nov 17 2016 — Gerry Nicholls — Get ready Canada, because NAFTA, TTP, GATT and all sorts of other alphabet-soup-trade acronyms involving our country could soon end up in the middle of a negotiating table. That’s because Donald Trump, who recently won the US presidential election on a more or less protectionist platform, has stated his desire to renegotiate lots of international […]

The Liberals are acting like Trump

Jul 16 2016 — Gerry Nicholls — I’m having a heck of a time figuring out exactly what the Liberal Party’s official stance is on nationalism. Is the party for it or against it? Nationalism, by the way, is a primitive tribal feeling hard-wired into our subconscious, a feeling which, among other things, causes us to be wary of anything that smacks […]

Making peace with The Establishment

Jul 13 2016 — Gerry Nicholls — It saddens me to report this, but The Establishment, i.e. the world’s ruling elite, isn’t getting along very well these days with regular, everyday people, i.e. the world’s unwashed masses. Hurtful things have been said by both sides, with regular people denouncing Establishment elites as entitled, latte-sipping, snobs, and with Establishment elites lashing back by […]

Trudeau’s democratic revolution

Jul 1 2016 — Gerry Nicholls — Whether we want it or not, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is determined to cram democracy down our collective throats. This is why he’s pushing (elbowing?) his “Democratic Reform” agenda, which Trudeau promises will make our votes “count”. Mind you, we’re not exactly sure at this point how Trudeau’s agenda actually will make our votes count, […]

Good news about that Liberal victory

Nov 7 2015 — Gerry Nicholls — Now that the collective shock brought on by the recent federal election has faded, it’s time for Canadian conservatives to climb off all those ledges they’ve been precariously perched upon of late so they can soberly ponder the future. And the first thing conservatives need to understand is that the recent Liberal majority victory might […]

A zombie apocalypse for conservatives?

Oct 19 2015 — Gerry Nicholls — If public opinions polls are correct (always a big “if”) it seems Canada’s next prime minister could well be Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Just let that sink in. If you’re a conservative you likely find the idea of “Prime Minister Trudeau” only slightly less horrifying than a zombie apocalypse. But should it really scare conservatives […]

Why the elites hate Harper

Sep 21 2015 — Gerry Nicholls — If anybody tells you the federal election going on right now is just a regular run-of-the-mill political contest between rival parties, don’t believe it. In fact, this election is actually nothing less than a full-blown cultural war. Or at least, that’s the view of Canada’s cultural, media and academic elites, i.e. all those columnists, artists […]