National Newswatch

Why Doug Ford is no Donald Trump

Mar 12 2018 — John Ibbitson — Doug Ford will try to assemble a conservative coalition first forged more than 20 years ago by Mike Harris. He will be opposed by the same urban progressive voters who despised Mr. Harris’s Common Sense Revolution. Both sides will fight for the support of the immigrant voters in suburban ridings inside and surrounding Toronto, which […]

Poll shows Trudeau is not unbeatable

Mar 6 2018 — John Ibbitson — Yes it’s only one poll, and yes it’s only halfway through the mandate, but Liberals should be worried by last week’s Ipsos survey, for two reasons: First, the Conservative coalition that sustained Stephen Harper’s governments appears to be realigning. Second, the agenda may be shifting away from social issues and toward economic management, which is […]

Liberals opt out of Canada Post overhaul

Jan 24 2018 — John Ibbitson — In a move bound to frustrate reform advocates of both the left and the right, the Liberal government will announce on Wednesday that it has decided not to proceed with major changes to Canada Post. Community mailboxes currently in place will not be dismantled, but home delivery will be maintained for those still receiving it, […]

Scheer going nowhere if he continues as Mr. Enigma

Jan 5 2018 — John Ibbitson — Senator Lynn Beyak is manna from heaven for Liberal strategists and their allies who seek to portray the Conservative Party as racist, sexist and homophobic. To avoid being fatally branded as the weak-willed leader of such a party, Andrew Scheer must up his game, and soon. If he can’t get across more forcefully who he […]

Trudeau to offer formal apology for LGBTQ persecution on Nov. 28

Nov 19 2017 — John Ibbitson — Justin Trudeau will rise in the House of Commons on Nov. 28 to offer a historic apology to Canadians who were criminally prosecuted or dismissed from the military or public service because they were gay. The Prime Minister’s apology is expected to be the most comprehensive ever offered by any national government for past persecution […]

Governor-General Payette jeopardized her neutrality with secular spiel to scientists

Nov 6 2017 — John Ibbitson — Julie Payette’s transgression is more serious than some suppose. In a speech last week, she celebrated secularism and science over faith and superstition in tones so derisive that the Conservative Leader protested and the Prime Minister rose to her defence, which only made things worse. In presenting herself as an enlightened governor-general, did Ms. Payette […]

Wildcards abound for Canada’s national parties

Sep 7 2017 — John Ibbitson — As Liberals and Conservatives hold caucus retreats this week and New Democrats prepare to vote for a new leader, all three national parties face challenges that will define their brands. All three confront, as well, a political wildcard that could upend everything. Because they are the governing party, barnacles were bound to accumulate on the […]

Russia to probe Canada’s aid to gay Chechens fleeing persecution

Sep 6 2017 — John Ibbitson — A Russian official has warned that if Canada violated Russian law by bringing homosexual Chechens to Canada as refugees, there will be consequences. Kirill Kalinin, who is a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Ottawa, said of the Canadian underground railroad operating in his country: “Any legal irregularities, if proven true, shall be duly investigated.” […]