National Newswatch

Scheer’s big ideas still need numbers to back them up

May 17 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Heavy on symbolism, light on detail. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer left Parliament Hill on Thursday for Toronto’s financial district to roll out his proposals for Canada’s economy, the second in a series of policy speeches meant to define his campaign to become the next prime minister. He evoked the memory of gold magnate Peter Munk, […]

Canada is limping toward a day of revenue reckoning

Apr 26 2019 — Heather Scoffield — The fresh batch of federal fiscal numbers that popped up Friday reaffirmed what Ottawa has been seeing through much of 2018: a generous flow of tax revenue to finance government announcements that don’t exacerbate the deficit. February saw a fiscal-year-to-date surplus of $3.1-billion, propelled by an 8.6 per cent increase in tax revenue compared to […]

Canada’s richest didn’t flee from tax hike

Apr 23 2019 — Heather Scoffield — It was bold and controversial at the time, and remains so today. Critics were quick to pounce when the federal Liberals presented their big and expensive tax-and-transfer package of the 2015 election campaign as an experimental remedy to income inequality and the populism it often spawns, They said the tax elements of the package — […]

Canada’s path to an ‘intangibles’ economy

Apr 14 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s a new assessment of how well-prepared Canada’s economy is for a fast-changing world of technology-driven work and business, and as these reports tend to go, it ain’t pretty. Canadian workers aren’t properly trained, we’re not having enough babies to supply a robust workforce, and if our entrepreneurs find a way to embrace technology, they […]

Justin Trudeau is tampering with Canada’s brand

Apr 4 2019 — Heather Scoffield — The biggest standing ovation from the Liberal caucus during Tuesday evening’s SNC-Lavalin drama came when the prime minister wrapped up his speech with a pledge to protect Canadian jobs — under any circumstances. “We have always, always fought to create and protect jobs and we will never apologize for doing so,” Justin Trudeau told Liberal […]

Andrew Scheer takes aim at Liberal spending

Mar 25 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has started to build an alternative fiscal policy, trickling out some details about how he would eliminate the deficit. At the Conservative Party’s annual think-fest this weekend, Scheer spoke passionately about quickly reining in spending and balancing the federal books, were he to become prime minister.

3 ways federal politics touched Canadians this week

May 7 2016 — Heather Scoffield — Partisan politics took a back seat to partnership this week as Parliament Hill came together in support of the people of wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray. The terrifying images of residents fleeing down towering corridors of encroaching flames obscured some subtle yet fundamental shifts in Canada’s political landscape, as well as astute observations about the federal government’s […]