National Newswatch

In the Trump era, no trade deal can really protect Canada

Jan 22 2020 — Heather Scoffield — As Donald Trump brags to the world’s billionaires at Davos about his two newest trade deals — the revamped NAFTA and a new agreement with China — how should Canadians feel about these developments? Relief, no doubt. But a bit of trepidation, too. First, the relief. Since Trump came to power three years ago, vowing […]

Here’s why men still get paid more than women

Jan 14 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Just when we seemed to be coming a long way, baby, new research shows the gender wage gap has barely shrunk and may soon grow again. Depending on how you measure it, women are still paid between 11 and 31 per cent less than men, even though we have made very slow progress over the […]

Justin Trudeau owes it to Canadians to get angry for us

Jan 10 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Canada has once again become collateral damage for Donald Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop foreign policy, and the pattern is so deeply disturbing as to warrant more than just a sigh from the prime minister. Justin Trudeau was subdued Thursday when he said an Iranian missile probably caused the plane crash that killed 63 Canadians. Sure, he expressed […]

Canada’s economy is strong but vulnerable as 2020 begins

Jan 9 2020 — Heather Scoffield — It took only a few days of 2020 for the violence of world events to rattle any tenuous confidence Canadians may have had in our economic prospects for this year. The opening week of January brought us the American killing of a top Iranian commander and the ensuing confusion around U.S. President Donald Trump’s motives, […]

Here’s why Canada and Alberta need each other

Dec 9 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Mon., Dec. 9, 2019timer4 min. read As Jason Kenney and a third of his cabinet attempt to smother Ottawa this week with charm and argument, it’s not just because environmentalists and Justin Trudeau have been breathing down his neck about emissions in the oilsands. That’s just nagging. The real driving force behind Kenney’s push is […]

Here’s why you should like the federal carbon tax

Nov 27 2019 — Heather Scoffield — If Chris Ragan’s math is right, Alberta and Ontario should be thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for imposing a carbon tax on their residents. Ragan is a McGill University economist and leader of the Ecofiscal Commission, which costed out the pros and cons of carbon pricing against other emissions-reduction strategies like Jason Kenney’s in Alberta […]

How Canada should prepare for the incoming global slowdown

Nov 26 2019 — Heather Scoffield — Some of the world’s top economic policy thinkers say it’s time to batten down the hatches for the incoming global slowdown, and they have some pointed advice for countries to best prepare. It’s advice Canada could benefit from, slump or no slump. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the world economy will only […]

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 […]