National Newswatch

Any unity at First Ministers’ Meeting will come in opposition to Trudeau

Dec 6 2018 — John Ivison — John F. Kennedy once explained that America’s founding fathers sacrificed efficiency for liberty, dividing power as a guarantee against ill-considered action. Canada has been similarly hamstrung by its constitution when it comes to getting anything done. Trying to explain to a Chinese diplomat this week why this country cannot build an oil pipeline to saltwater […]

The UN’s global pact on migration sounds nice — but don’t sign it

Dec 5 2018 — John Ivison — The late Christopher Hitchens called conspiracy theories the “exhaust fumes of democracy” — the unavoidable result of large amounts of information circulating among a large number of people. The latest conjectural haze drifting in from the fringes of the political spectrum is that the United Nations’ agreement on migration, which Canada is set to sign […]

Notley all fired up — Federal Liberals missing in action on Alberta, premier says

Nov 28 2018 — John Ivison — Rachel Notley came out of the West with all guns blazing. At a lunch-time speech in Ottawa, the normally affable Alberta premier said the Canadian government is “wilfully” holding Alberta’s economy hostage because of its inability to follow through on its constitutional responsibility to transport resources across provincial boundaries. The lack of a pipeline to […]

With ‘non-announced’ budgetary measures, Liberals effectively create a $9.5B slush fund

Nov 27 2018 — John Ivison — Trying to keep track of every dollar Ottawa spends is a pseudo-science like the one practised by crypto-zoologists looking for Bigfoot — only the gullible would ever believe in a happy outcome. Take last week’s fiscal update. To much fanfare, it announced $16.4 billion in new spending measures, principally the $14 billion on accelerated investment […]

Federal government can’t save the GM plant — or change the weather

Nov 26 2018 — John Ivison — It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Liberal government was telling Canadians the economy is strong and the middle class is making progress. That’s because it was last Wednesday, in the fall fiscal update. Bill Morneau, the finance minister, was remarkably upbeat, claiming the government had struck the “appropriate balance” between prudence and spending; […]

Trudeau has a chance to play statesman by bringing the U.S. and China together on trade

Nov 17 2018 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau promised to restore Canadian leadership in the world. He pledged that the “proud tradition” that saw Canada help create the United Nations and champion the international treaty to ban land-mines would be revived on his watch. The reality has been underwhelming. Trudeau’s crusade to change the world has been more symbolic than substantive. […]