National Newswatch

Throne Speech suggests that Trudeau wants to establish his legacy – and hang the consequences

Nov 25 2021 — John Ibbitson — In the last federal election, the Liberal Party received the support of less than one-third of voters. No federal political party has formed government with a weaker public mandate. And yet the Liberals introduced a Throne Speech this week filled with ambitious and expensive commitments. Those commitments arrive on the heels of rising inflation and […]

Tofino trip may only hasten Trudeau’s departure

Oct 4 2021 — John Ibbitson — Justin Trudeau’s ill-considered trip to Tofino on the very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation does more than remind us, yet again, of his sense of entitlement and his chronically poor judgment. It tells us that he may not be Prime Minister that much longer. A futile election, a lack of fresh initiatives and […]

Erin O’Toole is the most Liberal leader the Conservatives have ever had

Sep 9 2021 — John Ibbitson — On Aug. 15, the day Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau launched the federal election campaign, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s chief strategist made a prediction. “Once again, @erinotoole begins a campaign as the underdog,” Dan Robertson tweeted. “This isn’t the first time he’s been underestimated, but it will be the last.” No one is underestimating Mr. O’Toole […]

Trudeau’s loyalties may be undercutting his hopes for a return to majority government

Jun 25 2021 — John Ibbitson — Recent polls have Jagmeet Singh’s NDP doing relatively well and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals likely still short of a majority government, despite the government’s solid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Why? The answer might lie in Mr. Trudeau’s loyalty to his friends. To everything there is a season, and we are entering the season of horse-race […]