National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau, the great unifier, has one big regret

Oct 15 2019 — John Ivison — Barrelling down the freeway from Fredericton toward Nova Scotia it becomes clear why Canada was born as a nation of hewers of wood and drawers of water. The riot of New Brunswick’s fall colours — leaves of amber, flaming burgundy and copper — lined the route as Justin Trudeau made a whistle-stop tour of Atlantic […]

Trudeau’s security scare a dark turn for an election filled with online threats

Oct 13 2019 — John Ivison — Suddenly the warning that “somebody’s going to get shot” doesn’t sound so preposterous. Michael Wernick, the former clerk of the Privy Council, cautioned last spring that the state of public political dialogue in this country could result in assassination. The admonition was dismissed as hyperbole. But the events at a Mississauga conference hall on Saturday […]

It’s best to treat all party platforms like the works of fiction they are

Oct 9 2019 — John Ivison — The Liberals are waiting with bated, if slightly malodorous, breath to pounce on the Conservatives and NDP when they release their platform costings in the next few days. The Conservatives will say they will balance the books within five years, leaving themselves open to apocalyptic comparisons with Doug Ford’s Ontario government and Sauron. The NDP […]

Singh has some good one liners, but NDP platform is no laughing matter

Oct 8 2019 — John Ivison — The NDP is revelling in the positive publicity surrounding the performance of leader Jagmeet Singh at the English language leaders’ debate, notably around his gibe that Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer were engaged in a discussion over who would make Canada worse. “I want to say this directly to Canadians. You do not need to […]

This doesn’t look like reconciliation, it looks like self-interest

Oct 4 2019 — John Ivison — “I never want to hear one single Liberal pronounce the word ‘reconciliation’ ever again,” said former NDP MP Romeo Saganash on hearing that the federal government is appealing a ruling to compensate First Nations children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system. Justin Trudeau was elected in 2015 partly on a pledge that “no relationship […]

Is Scheer’s ambitious energy corridor just a pipe dream?

Sep 29 2019 — John Ivison — Andrew Scheer’s policy offerings to this point have been modest, with much to be modest about – a tax credit here, a tax cut there, with the hope that the cumulative package persuades voters they will be better off under a Conservative government. Not for him the sweeping schemes and bold visions put forward by […]