National Newswatch

Just another day at the office for a government that looks increasingly grubby

Feb 12 2019 — John Ivison — In the words of parody news anchor Ron Burgundy: “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Jody Wilson-Raybould’s letter resigning from cabinet Tuesday — in which she thanked all Canadians but, conspicuously, not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — has left the impression that we have a caricature of a government, as buffoonish and clueless as Burgundy and his […]

The government needs to let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak

Feb 8 2019 — John Ivison — “It’s worse than Adscam” — the sponsorship scandal that ultimately brought down a previous Liberal government — according to one overcaffeinated tweet. We can probably all agree that if Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured as justice minister to intervene in the corruption prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and was then demoted for refusing to do so, we have […]

Tories score with claims Trudeau intends to raise taxes, and attack on his ‘family fortune’

Feb 5 2019 — John Ivison — While watching the daily question period in the House of Commons Tuesday, thoughts strayed to Dante’s eighth circle of Hell — where horned demons whipped panderers for eternity for deliberately exploiting the passions of others, flatterers were thrown into pools of excrement for corrupting the language to play upon fears and desires, and politicians were […]

For federal politicians it’s new digs, but the same old party line

Jan 29 2019 — John Ivison — This new House of Commons is going to take some getting used to. The resolution is sharper, the sound clearer — it’s like watching proceedings in high definition. The fresh surroundings in Parliament’s West Block are in some ways comforting and familiar — the green carpet, the old wooden desks, the mustard-coloured curtains that look […]

A most convenient misstep for the Liberals in Burnaby South

Jan 16 2019 — John Ivison — Occam’s razor, the problem-solving principle dating back to the 13th century friar William of Ockham, states that, other things being equal, simple explanations are generally better than more complex ones. A medical equivalent, Zebra, guides doctors to reject exotic medical diagnoses in favour of more commonplace explanations. “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not […]