National Newswatch

Want to see real action on climate change? Follow the money

Oct 1 2021 — Heather Scoffield — When it comes to climate change, money can move much faster and with a lot more impact than government policy. That’s something federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson hopes to harness, but it’s something the Alberta government seems to fear. Wilkinson is in Italy this week, working with his German counterpart to raise billions of dollars […]

Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole promise a million jobs and a million homes. They won’t be able to do it alone

Sep 19 2021 — Heather Scoffield — The promises are certainly glitzy: a million jobs, a million houses, perhaps even more! The details are far less glamorous, at least from an electoral standpoint. The market, not politicians, will do most of the heavy lifting. But that shouldn’t let governments off the hook for making sure our recovery from the pandemic is at […]

Erin O’Toole is right that life is getting more expensive. But his proposed solutions would make things worse

Aug 18 2021 — Heather Scoffield — We learned on Wednesday that inflation is at its highest point in two decades — and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is raising the alarm. Not without good reason, but without reasonable solutions. The consumer price index for July was 3.7 per cent, the hottest it has been since 2003, taking markets by surprise. “Uncomfortable,” as […]

Attack ads and vague promises aren’t good enough. We need to hear real plans for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery

Aug 15 2021 — Heather Scoffield — As Justin Trudeau headed down the path to Rideau Hall on Sunday morning and launched Canada’s 44th election, the country was in a precarious spot. Ontario was reporting 511 new cases of COVID-19 but no deaths — signs of a worrying but not yet confining fourth wave. Statistics Canada’s most recent assessment of the labour […]

Adam Vaughan leaves politics with his fight for affordable housing far from won. Who will step up to fill the void?

Aug 9 2021 — Heather Scoffield — For years now, Toronto MP Adam Vaughan has personified the Liberals’ housing policy, an outspoken advocate within the government ranks, pushing to entrench Ottawa in the subsidy game and making affordable housing his cause célèbre. But if he thinks the federal work is done on the affordable housing front, he should think again. As he […]

The Liberals’ economic recovery plan deserves real debate. It’s time for Conservatives to step up

Jul 31 2021 — Heather Scoffield — The last time Stephen Harper doled out investment advice during a financial crisis, he characterized the global meltdown of 2008 as a “buying opportunity” and then went on to design his fiscal policy accordingly. Harper, in a minority Parliament, soon had to about-face on austerity and introduce a deficit-financed stimulus budget that enabled an economic […]

Shifting to a low-carbon economy will profoundly change the everyday lives of Canadians. Do the Liberals understand that?

Jul 26 2021 — Heather Scoffield — When the federal Liberals rolled out with fanfare last week their plan to deal with the human cost of cutting greenhouse gases, their timing was dubious. It’s been two years, after all, since the Liberals committed to legislating a “just transition” for people working in fossil fuels who lose their jobs as Canada moves toward […]