National Newswatch

Has Justin Trudeau set up Chrystia Freeland to fail?

Nov 21 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Justin Trudeau frittered away a full month after the election to come up with a new cabinet. During that month, Premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe mobilized their anti-Liberal supporters, amplified the animosity that was left behind by the Liberals in the election campaign and deftly set an agenda for the prime minister that now […]

What Trudeau should tell his social development minister

Nov 17 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Dear Minister of Social Development, Nowhere is the age of disruption more present in people’s lives than in the world of work. We have chosen you to figure out the best role for government in mitigating the harm and amplifying the benefits of automation, labour shortages, an aging workforce, and mismatched skills. You will also […]

What Trudeau should tell his trade minister

Nov 16 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Dear Minister, With our two biggest trade partners fully engaged in a fight for global supremacy, Canada is in a precarious spot right now when it comes to international trade — the lifeblood of our private sector and our economic prosperity. I am so pleased you have agreed to take on the job of navigating […]

What Trudeau should tell his finance minister

Nov 14 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Justin Trudeau is building his new cabinet at a time when global uncertainty is threatening growth, trade, investment and Canada’s place in the world. As he puts together mandate letters to define expectations for his ministers, here is our own letter-writing attempt with a few suggestions for the finance minister. Dear Minister, Congratulations on becoming […]

Economic downturn? David Dodge has a plan for that

Nov 11 2019 — Heather Scoffield — David Dodge, the man who successfully pushed for the drastic government spending cuts in the 1990s, says it’s quite OK for Ottawa to be running a bit of a deficit these days. Dodge, who went on to become the governor of the Bank of Canada in the 2000s and is now a consultant, has developed […]

Conservatives will pay for Andrew Scheer’s anti-tax stance

Nov 8 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s nothing that unites Conservatives like a clarion call for lower taxes — and since the Conservatives need some uniting right now, that’s where Andrew Scheer went this week after his first post-election caucus meeting. “I have never known a problem that is solved by a new tax,” Scheer told reporters Wednesday evening after a […]

Canada could use a credible champion on climate change

Nov 7 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Someone with a big name who is respected in the West. Someone who understands the business community, investment flows and corporate decision-making. Someone who can talk to both the Liberals and Conservatives eye-to-eye. Someone who can thread the needle on climate change and economic growth, while winning over the confidence of the oilpatch. That’s who […]

Ottawa and the provinces need each other, and they know it

Oct 30 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Without federal-provincial co-operation, Ottawa doesn’t meet its climate targets. With out federal-provincial co-operation, provinces don’t get the right help they need in the next economic downturn. Without federal-provincial co-operation, Ottawa can’t negotiate a national pharmacare program. Without federal-provincial co-operation, provinces won’t get the infrastructure funding they have been counting on.

Costed platforms are your Thanksgiving gift from Canada’s political parties

Oct 12 2019 — Heather Scoffield — The Conservatives have finally shown on paper how they would achieve what they’ve promised for months now: a balanced budget within five years, by squeezing the civil service, tightening their fist around operating budgets and delaying billions in infrastructure spending. Released on the Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving weekend, just as advance polls opened across the […]