National Newswatch

Kenney will campaign in Ontario in effort to defeat Trudeau

May 22 2019 — John Ibbitson — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will campaign in Ontario during this fall’s general election in an effort to convince new Canadians living in suburban ridings that Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are a safe choice for their votes. Mr. Kenney’s journey to the Ontario heartland is a remarkable intervention by a premier in a federal campaign, a move […]

If B.C. by-election is a harbinger of things to come, then the Liberals and NDP had better watch out

May 7 2019 — John Ibbitson — An important eve-of-the-general-election-by-election has delivered the Greens a powerful victory, while shaking both Liberals and New Democrats to the core. And the result offers further proof that Canada continues to resist the tide of intolerance sweeping the rest of the democratic world. Paul Manly will join Elizabeth May as Canada’s second Green Member of Parliament, […]

Jagmeet Singh’s memoir is an act of rare courage

May 1 2019 — John Ibbitson — Love and Courage is a political memoir like no other. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has written a harrowing tale of growing up in a world blighted by physical and sexual abuse, blatant racism and his father’s addiction to alcohol. But there was also love: for family members struggling to navigate chaos, for friends who rescued […]

Gerald Butts testimony further ensures SNC-Lavalin mess will loom over Liberals till election day

Mar 6 2019 — John Ibbitson — At one level, Gerald Butts’s testimony before the House justice committee Wednesday was irrelevant. You either believe Jody Wilson-Raybould’s allegation that, as attorney-general, she was improperly pressed to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, or you believe the government’s defence that she’s wrong. At another level, the testimony of the former principal secretary to Justin […]