National Newswatch

Bernier and Simms offer a tale of two whips

Apr 19 2018 — John Ivison — Francis Urquhart, the fictional chief whip in the original (and the best) House of Cards, described his role thus: “A pat on the head and a biscuit here; a short, sharp shock there – and a good boot up the backside where indicated.” In recent days, both the Conservative and Liberal whips’ offices have been […]

Failure to push through Trans Mountain could be the end for Trudeau

Apr 9 2018 — John Ivison — The federal government has long insisted the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be built. Now it has to match its good intentions with results. At stake is nothing less than the fate of the Canadian federation. The refusal of the government of British Columbia to recognize the legal approval process for the project means this […]

Liberals aim to limit influence of foreign money on federal elections

Mar 14 2018 — John Ivison — The Liberal government hopes to have new rules aimed at limiting the ability of foreign money to influence Canadian federal elections in place before the 2019 vote. Sources suggest the government will reform the Canada Elections Act by introducing measures to try to level the playing field between third parties and political parties, and improve […]

Trudeau’s blunder-filled India trip sinks Liberals in the polls

Mar 7 2018 — John Ivison — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom in Douglas Adams’ cult novel of the same name, had the words “Don’t Panic” inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover. Justin Trudeau should perhaps distribute a facsimile to his MPs, after a string of recent polls that suggest a […]