National Newswatch

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 […]

As our border reopens, Canada’s caution is a selling point

Jul 20 2021 — Heather Scoffield — After weeks of pressure from the business community, and some push and pull from the premiers and the public, the federal government has finally revealed some of its plan to reopen Canada’s international borders — one more major step toward a full economic recovery. Let’s own that decision and make the most of it. The […]

To drive economic recovery, conventional thinking won’t do. Are leaders ready to take the plunge?

Jun 29 2021 — Heather Scoffield — British Columbia has taken the plunge and hired a hard-hitting, perhaps even revolutionary, economist to help design its climb out of the pandemic recession in the hopes of chiselling off the rough edges of capitalism as we know it. B.C. is paying the provocative Mariana Mazzucato and her institute at University College London about $350,000 […]

Justin Trudeau could take a lesson from the Vaccine Hunters

May 18 2021 — Heather Scoffield — It was a bit ironic that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met virtually with Vaccine Hunters Canada on Tuesday. That’s the group of tech-savvy volunteers that is successfully bringing order to the chaos that has characterized the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, especially in Ontario, by searching out and posting crucial information about vaccine availability on Twitter. Ironic […]

Chrystia Freeland’s historic budget balancing act: plugging pandemic holes while kick-starting the recovery

Apr 18 2021 — Heather Scoffield — Child care will be the big, shiny headline, but the environment will be the subplot. Chrystia Freeland’s first budget will be historic, by definition, if only just because of the sheer size of it. After a full year of unbridled federal spending to underpin the pandemic economy, Freeland will show deficits that are far larger […]

Chrystia Freeland is ready to go on a spending spree. But how is she going to pay for it?

Apr 8 2021 — Heather Scoffield — Read through the list of resolutions bubbling up at this weekend’s Liberal policy convention, and you’ll realize there’s a subtext: big spending is a virtue. The party’s grassroots are looking for public transit, regional development, affordable housing, onshoring of manufacturing, high-speed internet, clean energy, infrastructure, high-speed rail and high-speed internet. And then there are the […]