National Newswatch

Trudeau always saw Wilson-Raybould as a problem to be circumvented

Aug 15 2019 — John Ivison — How to solve a problem like Jody? In his submission to the ethics commissioner’s investigation into the SNC affair, Justin Trudeau said his relationship with Jody Wilson-Raybould had become challenging and tense. His counsel claimed she felt collaboration with Trudeau’s office and cabinet was not something she should have to do. By many accounts, Wilson-Raybould […]

PM’s defence to ethics czar reveals his nasty political side

Aug 14 2019 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau has created an illusion of himself as a leader more noble and principled than the facts warrant. Yet, it can still be a shock when it’s revealed he’s as calculating as the most cynical of his predecessors, greeting each new situation with the internal question: “What can this do for me?” The mask […]

What’s a debate if you don’t hear from the opposite side?

Aug 14 2019 — John Ivison — Reading the electoral platform of Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party induces a slight throbbing about the temples. From his call for a “Canadian values” test for immigrants to lowering the number of newcomers accepted to “between 100,000 and 150,000” from the estimated 330,000 this year, Bernier has proven himself to be a cynical opportunist. This, after […]

For 18 Liberal MPs, the love affair with politics is over

Aug 9 2019 — John Ivison — Living in the political limelight is the dream job for those who wish to be seen — it’s clean, it’s indoors and there’s no heavy lifting involved. But for those who want to get stuff done, life in the House of Commons can be pretty frustrating. Eighteen Liberals, 15 Conservatives and 14 New Democrats have […]

Liberals to dragoon telecos in bid for re-election

Aug 9 2019 — John Ivison — Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone prices in the world, while powerful telco companies make billions in profit, according to a central pillar in the NDP’s 2019 election platform. “And yet PM Trudeau refuses to do anything about it.” Jagmeet Singh should be careful what he wishes for. Industry sources suggest Canada’s premium carriers […]

The education of a columnist

Aug 6 2019 — John Ivison — On book-writing, as on a great many other things, Winston Churchill had it right — what starts out as an amusement quickly becomes a mistress, then a master and finally a tyrant. My burnt offering, “Trudeau — the Education of a Prime Minister,” hits the stores on Tuesday. It’s a book with the shelf-life of […]

‘We walked into a buzzsaw’: How the most image-conscious prime minister in Canadian history made himself look foolish in India

Jul 31 2019 — John Ivison — It had been a tumultuous year, but Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party was still sitting comfortably in the polls, almost ten points clear of the Conservatives, and he could reflect on the fact that all but two first-term majority governments in the entire history of Canada had been re-elected. Christmas vacation 2017–18 for the Trudeau pack […]