National Newswatch

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 […]