National Newswatch

2019 federal election could be biggest brawl since 1988. Then: free trade. Now: climate change

Aug 28 2018 — John Ibbitson — The Conservative Party should forget about Maxime Bernier and concentrate on what matters: preparing for the first issue-based election in three decades. In most elections, voters either choose Leader X to mind the store, or Leader Y to bring change. But every now and then, there’s an issue election. Issue-based elections are fought more fiercely, […]

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 […]