National Newswatch

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 […]

Brand Trudeau is not what it used to be

Feb 1 2019 — John Ibbitson — The 2019 election is shaping up to be a referendum on Justin Trudeau’s leadership, which is odd. After only a few years in power, the Prime Minister should not be such a polarizing figure that this fall’s vote is All About Him. Stephen Harper successfully skated through three elections before he was faced with a […]

Rising populism threatens LGBTQ in West and around the world

Dec 28 2018 — John Ibbitson — In Poland two months ago, more than 200 schools planning to hold a “Rainbow Friday” to promote tolerance for sexual minorities had to cancel the event, under orders from the increasingly authoritarian government’s Minister of Education. In the United States, as part of the Trump administration’s attack on transgender rights, the Department of Health and […]