National Newswatch

Canadian response to U.S. Inflation Reduction Act should seek to boost ‘certainty’ for investors, says advocacy group

Nov 18 2022 — Ian Campbell — The landmark United States Inflation Reduction Act poses economic challenges and opportunities for Canada, say observers, but a chief response to the American law incentivizing industrial decarbonization must be to address the investor “certainty” it creates in contrast to the Canadian regime. Michael Bernstein, executive director of Canadians for Clean Prosperity, said the certainty the […]

Twitter plays a ‘significant’ role in Canada’s democracy, and government must do more to regulate in face of Musk’s ‘roller-coaster,’ say observers

Nov 11 2022 — Ian Campbell — Twitter plays a “significant role in Canada’s democracy,” and the tumultuous fallout stemming from Elon Musk’s recent $44-billion acquisition of the platform highlights “the failure of governments” to regulate these platforms, says Sonja Solomun of McGill University. Solomun, who serves as deputy director of McGill’s Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, said Musk’s controversial acquisition […]

‘We’re a long way from that’: replacing Hockey Canada a difficult process, but experts say other levers can address the ‘deeply rooted culture of misogyny’

Oct 7 2022 — Ian Campbell — Replacing Hockey Canada with a new organization entirely would be a difficult—though not impossible—process, but there remain many other steps that can be taken to reform its “deeply rooted culture of misogyny,” say experts in sports policy and organizational culture change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) and Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge (Brome-Missisquoi, Que.) have […]

Media must ‘prove its relevance’ by finding other ways to hold accountable politicians who won’t answer questions, say journalists

Sep 20 2022 — Ian Campbell — Journalists may have to look for other ways of holding officials accountable when faced with politicians who refuse to face media scrutiny, say current and former reporters, some of whom that agree Global News’ David Akin’s recent interruption of new Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre mid-statement to force a response was an effective approach. “We want […]

Federal parties should take the long view and avoid ‘shock and awe’ if proposed Alberta sovereignty act comes to pass, say politicos

Sep 13 2022 — Ian Campbell — With perceived United Conservative Party leadership front-runner Danielle Smith doubling down on her plans to introduce an Alberta sovereignty act if she becomes premier, a number of observers told The Hill Times that—if such an act comes to pass—federal parties, particularly the governing Liberals, should try to take a calming approach focused on listening, to […]

Conservative leadership campaigns in ‘white-knuckle’ mode as they await membership list, shift gears to direct voter contact and persuasion

Jun 8 2022 — Ian Campbell — The Conservative leadership campaigns are entering a phase of research, direct voter contact, and persuasion once they can “tear through” the membership list, but remain in a “white-knuckle” mode until that list is released—something several campaigns say should happen immediately. “The most important people on the campaign right now and for the next couple of […]