National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer’s days are numbered

Nov 26 2019 — John Ibbitson — Leading the fractious Conservative Party of Canada is a challenge for any leader. Andrew Scheer does not appear up to that challenge. Within the party, people are asking whether he will step down now or draw out the agony until April’s leadership vote. Mr. Scheer’s supporters have good reason to be upset by this lack […]

Trudeau Liberals will turn on the spending taps to get, keep opposition support in minority parliament

Nov 17 2019 — John Ibbitson — Do you favour activist progressive government? Well you’re about to get one whether you like it or not. After cordial meetings with Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clearly has a green light to move on an agenda centred on fighting climate change, spending heavily […]

By skipping first debate, Trudeau gives rivals chance at warm-up round

Sep 13 2019 — John Ibbitson — While Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May fought for the title of Chief Progressive Alternative at the first leaders’ debate of this election campaign, Andrew Scheer focused on the phantom menace who wasn’t even in the room. The Maclean’s/Citytv national leaders’ debate, Thursday night, was defined by who wasn’t there: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. And the […]

With Parliament, the Ethics Commissioner and now the RCMP frustrated, Wilson-Raybould and Philpott must speak their truth

Sep 11 2019 — John Ibbitson — Did Justin Trudeau threaten to demote Jody Wilson-Raybould from the role of attorney-general unless she intervened to protect SNC-Lavalin from prosecution on corruption charges? The RCMP would like to know, and so would every Canadian. But this government refuses to release those involved from their oath of secrecy, frustrating the police inquiry and the public […]

Bernier’s vitriol toward Greta Thunberg showcases a wider trend of contempt by political figures

Sep 4 2019 — John Ibbitson — On Monday, Maxime Bernier sent out a string of tweets attacking Greta Thunberg, the student environmental activist. The leader of the new People’s Party seeks to bring to Canada a poison afflicting many democracies: the collapse of convention. That approach is working for politicians in other countries. We can only hope it fails here. Mr. […]

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 […]