National Newswatch

The carbon tax could be the ballot question in the 2019 federal election

Jun 18 2018 — John Ivison — The Conservatives have made clear their preferred ballot question in the 2019 election — the cost to the average family of Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax. They filibustered all night last Thursday to highlight their point that finance minister Bill Morneau won’t release that figure, despite having the analysis to hand. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party’s Twitter […]

Canada’s senior bureaucrat and top auditor are having an unprecedented feud over the public service

Jun 14 2018 — John Ivison — The office of the auditor general has been deemed infallible since Sheila Fraser almost single-handedly brought down Paul Martin’s Liberal government with her report on the sponsorship scandal. Ministers whose departments have been unfortunate enough to fall foul of a critical audit have genuflected and promised to fix the problem pronto. That’s what made a […]

Maxime Bernier’s demotion risks dividing the Conservative Party

Jun 13 2018 — John Ivison — When you’re ahead in the polls and raising twice as much money as your nearest rival, why would you do something that is likely to upset half of your party membership? Andrew Scheer might want to ask himself that question, after stripping his former leadership rival Maxime Bernier of his position in the Conservative shadow […]

The great patriotic trade war against the U.S. begins on Canada Day

Jun 12 2018 — John Ivison — The trade war against American gherkins and strawberry jam will start on Canada Day, which is when the government’s retaliatory action against U.S. steel tariffs will come into effect. The date is no coincidence. It was picked to optimize unity among patriotic Canadians in opposition to Donald Trump’s policies and public statements. But it turns […]

Pipeline decision leaves House and country divided

May 31 2018 — John Ivison — The mercury, and tempers, were rising in the House of Commons Wednesday, as politicians sparred over the Liberal government’s controversial nationalization of the Trans Mountain pipeline. There is a sense that this is serious business and that the passion and exasperation in Parliament will be nothing compared to the rage on the ground in British […]

The Liberals try to buy their way out of a pipeline mess of their own making

May 29 2018 — John Ivison — You couldn’t make this stuff up. On the day the Auditor General released a report blasting “incomprehensible failures” in the government’s capability to do much of anything, the Liberals announced that Ottawa is getting into the pipeline business. Michael Ferguson’s report found there were fundamental failures of project management and oversight in implementing the Phoenix […]