National Newswatch

It’s time for the Trudeau government to move past its errors and post some wins in foreign policy

Aug 13 2018 — John Ibbitson — The painful confrontation with Saudi Arabia is yet another example of the continuity-of-error that defines much of this Liberal government’s approach to Canada in the world. “It’s a sad tale of unfulfilled promises and possibilities left unexplored and amateurish stumbling about,” says Daryl Copeland, a foreign policy analyst who spent three decades as a diplomat […]

Can Scheer take advantage of Trudeau’s troubles?

Aug 3 2018 — John Ibbitson — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government faces a battle royale with provincial premiers that could leave Andrew Scheer the last one standing. Except that Mr. Scheer isn’t able to explain why he wants to be prime minister. The Conservative Leader needs to answer that question, if he is to capitalize on Mr. Trudeau’s travails. After a decade […]

The dawn of an Ottawa-Ontario battle like none other

Jul 9 2018 — John Ibbitson — The photograph on Doug Ford’s Facebook page of last week’s meeting with Justin Trudeau said it all. On one side of the table sits the new Ontario Premier and his aides, grinning confidently. On the other side, the Prime Minister and his aides look seriously unimpressed. Brace yourself for a chapter like no other in […]

Tory by-election landslide in Quebec more than a local race

Jun 19 2018 — John Ibbitson — Yes, the Conservatives had a popular hockey coach as candidate, but their thumping of the Liberals in Chicoutimi-Le Ford, Monday night, should worry the Grits. Canadian voters are not rallying to the Liberals in solidarity as Justin Trudeau confronts Donald Trump over tariffs and trade. If that confrontation damages the economy, watch out. Next year […]

Senators face difficult choice over Bill C-66

Apr 30 2018 — John Ibbitson — This is so frustrating. Because of a perceived flaw, the Senate may send back to the House a bill that would expunge the criminal records of men who were convicted of committing homosexual acts in the years when such acts were illegal. The Senate may amend the bill and return it to the House of […]

Pipeline furor another signal of rising power of the West

Apr 13 2018 — John Ibbitson — Good news! We are facing a crisis in national unity, but for once it’s not about Quebec. The dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline is a major challenge both for the country and for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But that dispute also reflects how Canada has changed. This is not about language or culture. Rather, […]

Liberals need to stop shaming Canadians if they want their support

Apr 2 2018 — John Ibbitson — Someone needs to send this Liberal government an urgent message: Stop calling us deplorables! Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, under calm but persistent questioning from Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period, blurted out Sunday that “I have no time for folks who are like, you know, ‘we shouldn’t take action,’ ” on climate change. She later […]