National Newswatch

Trudeau gets a re-election boost from Canada’s job numbers

Sep 8 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Justin Trudeau couldn’t ask for a better economic backdrop to launch his campaign for re-election. Employment numbers on Friday showed a hiring frenzy — again — in August. Employers filled 81,000 new positions in just one month, and more than 300,000 so far this year, more than 470,000 in the past 12 months. The unemployment […]

SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Trudeau’s lazy math on jobs

Aug 20 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s a short but jarring paragraph in Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report last week on what went wrong in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. When the commissioner asked Finance Minister Bill Morneau what kind of analyses his department had done on the economic damage that could flow from SNC-Lavalin having to go to trial, Morneau replied that […]

Ottawa moves slowly when it comes to tackling racism

Jul 26 2019 — Heather Scoffield — If there were ever a time to deploy fiscal and political power against racism in Canada, it’s right now. U.S. President Donald Trump and the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have set a new standard for the scope of political conversation that echoes around the world, including here. With their openly racist comments sending […]

Political manoeuvers make it tough to follow the money

Jul 19 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s no doubt the list of Liberal pre-election spending announcements that the Conservatives are tallying up involves somewhat spurious math. Even they will admit that. They’ve lumped together this week’s $22 million for an urban climate centre in Edmonton with $2.2 million for high-speed internet access in Eastern Ontario and many, many more announcements that […]

Some pieces still missing in Canada’s green puzzle

Jul 5 2019 — Heather Scoffield — National consensus on the urgent need for Canadians to do something about climate change? Check. Political consensus that the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions is a goal worth shooting for? Check. Court decisions confirming the federal government has ample scope to act decisively? Check. Growing realization that electrification on a grand scale is our best […]

Record-setting job numbers show why we should welcome more immigrants

Jun 7 2019 — Heather Scoffield — It’s undeniable. New numbers published Friday show Canada’s labour market is delivering new jobs, better wages and opportunity in every demographic. Here’s some even better news: immigrants — recent and long-settled both — are a central part of the labour-market strength in Canada, a trend that points to receptive employers, adaptable skill sets among workers […]

With a nod to Ford, Scheer eyes the path of less disruption

May 28 2019 — Heather Scoffield — A cynic would say a modern-day populist embraces disruption for disruption’s sake. It’s a way to keep anti-establishment supporters motivated and everyone else constantly off kilter. On fiscal policy, Ontario Premier Doug Ford fits the bill. Since the rollout of his first budget, his government has been bathing in disruption, facing outcry from constituency after […]