National Newswatch

By showing how high carbon tax must go to meet Paris targets, PBO report gives Conservatives major ammo

Jun 13 2019 — John Ivison — The Conservatives have been raising expectations over the climate change plan that leader Andrew Scheer will unveil next week. In a short video released to promote the speech next Wednesday, Scheer promised a “real plan to protect our environment, fight climate change and reduce global emissions.” To underline the emphasis on the international aspect of […]

National pharmacare report bullish on universal program, but offers few ideas on how to pay for it

Jun 12 2019 — John Ivison — We can’t afford not to, apparently. On Wednesday the advisory council on the implementation of national pharmacare issued its report, which reads like the secret to the philosopher’s stone — a legendary recipe for turning lead into gold. The council, chaired by former Ontario Liberal health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, has recommended the federal government […]

Wilson-Raybould and Philpott choose independence, but the odds are stacked against them

May 27 2019 — John Ivison — The problem with setting up a small anarchist community, lamented the English playwright Alan Bennett, was that people wouldn’t obey the rules. Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott may discover there are similar drawbacks to being independent MPs, in the unlikely event they are re-elected in October. The two former ministers held […]