National Newswatch

No sugar-coating it as Doug Ford delivers the grim COVID-19 news to Ontarians

Apr 3 2020 — John Ivison — Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the projected spread of COVID-19 in the country’s largest province “stark and sobering”. Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to share the modelling on which public policy decisions are being made, including projected fatalities. No wonder the premier, and health minister, Christine Elliott, looked ashen-faced. The province is expecting […]

Canadians had better brace themselves for an alarming new post-COVID economic world

Apr 2 2020 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau’s reluctance to level with Canadians by releasing the government’s death-toll projections has understandably led to nervousness. Are the forecasts so bleak the prime minister is worried we can’t handle the truth? Yet key decision-makers suggest that the main cause for apprehension in Ottawa is not over the immediate health crisis, or even the […]

Liberals can’t help being opportunistic with their COVID-19 aid bill

Mar 24 2020 — John Ivison — It was the classic curse of the commentator. No sooner was Monday’s oeuvre published, commending Justin Trudeau for ditching wedge politics, than word started to leak about a Liberal plan to effectively neuter Parliament for 21 months. The draft bill that magically found its way into the hands of reporters, after the government shared it […]

Too soon to make definitive judgment on Trudeau’s handling of COVID-19 crisis

Mar 23 2020 — John Ivison — Bill Clinton secured his reputation as the “Comeback Kid” with his response to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The widely-ridiculed president with a woman problem channelled the nation’s grief, handling the tragedy with empathy and compassion. “It was the moment he was born to be president for,” said George Stephanopoulos, Clinton’s communications director – […]

Overdue but decisive action from Liberals greatly reduces gloomy prospects for Canada

Mar 13 2020 — John Ivison — The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision. Ottawa’s initial response to COVID-19 was tentative and irresolute. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic and called for “urgent and aggressive” action. The Trudeau government’s reaction was neither, with the result that Canada’s health system and economy risked being squashed. […]