National Newswatch

Trudeau’s tax-reform surrender is served with extra cheese

Oct 16 2017 — John Ivison — Rarely has total capitulation been celebrated as triumphantly as it was Monday by the Prime Minister and his finance minister in a Stouffville, Ont., pizza restaurant. Justin Trudeau attempted to convince the nation that it was always the government’s intention to menace small businesses with the prospect of hefty tax increases, then turn around and […]

Canada needs to stand firm and pass anti-corruption legislation

Oct 4 2017 — John Ivison — Russia’s preferred style of government down the centuries has blithely been called despotism, tempered by assassination. But Canadian MPs hope that Vladimir Putin’s absolutism can be moderated by less dramatic means — international human rights pressure. The move by Canada to introduce new anti-corruption legislation has provoked a visceral reaction from the Russian government.

It’ll be Justin versus Jagmeet in the GQ election of 2019

Oct 1 2017 — John Ivison — When we look in the rear-view mirror in late October 2019, the election of Jagmeet Singh as the new federal NDP leader could well have been pivotal. In April, the Liberals won a comfortable victory in the Markham-Thornhill by-election, in large measure because the NDP won just 3.5 per cent of the vote. If the […]

With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail

Sep 21 2017 — John Ivison — The great national tax revolt will fizzle by Christmas. That may sound a bold prediction, given the way the Liberal small-business tax reforms are dominating the political conversation — but hear me out. The Liberals are intent on changing the rules that allow small-business owners to defer taxation by using private corporations to make passive […]