National Newswatch

More cake anyone? How about another scoop of ice cream?

Apr 21 2021 — John Ivison — Less than 24 hours after his government announced $143 billion in new spending, Justin Trudeau was asked about provincial demands for more health-care transfers. “We have committed that we will increase transfers to the provinces — recurring and long-term…. We look forward to discussions about how we can make more investments in the long-term,” he […]

A federal budget for you? No, it’s out to crush the NDP and shame Conservatives

Apr 19 2021 — John Ivison — If the Liberal Party does not regain its parliamentary majority after lavishing $143 billion in new spending on every sub-set of the Canadian population, it should call a royal commission of inquiry. Chrystia Freeland’s first budget professes to be about finishing the fight against COVID and building prosperity for the future. But the front-end-loaded nature […]

Forget the Cold War, this cyber conflict is hot

Apr 7 2021 — John Ivison — Two days before Superbowl LV in Tampa in early February, someone hacked into a water treatment plant in nearby Pinellas County and tried to poison Florida’s water supply. The unknown attacker used a password to break into the remote access software platform that controls the plant and adjusted the level of sodium hydroxide to more […]

Liberals sitting pretty as Canadians’ wealth rises, but budget spending needs to be reined in

Mar 31 2021 — John Ivison — The Trudeau government’s brazen dismissal of the will of the House of Commons, when it comes to sending political aides to testify before parliamentary committees, is deepening divisions between partisans. “Why would anyone vote for the Liberals?” bemoaned one Conservative on social media, citing WE, SNC, rail blockades and vaccine missteps as evidence that hanging […]

The Liberals’ contemptible snubbing of parliamentary procedure

Mar 30 2021 — John Ivison — If the Liberals are trying to bait the opposition parties into finding the government in contempt of Parliament and thereby sparking an election, they are doing a fine job. It would be hard to conceive a more convincing display of disrespect toward open government than Pablo Rodriguez’s performance before the ethics committee on Monday, where […]

Auditor general finds pandemic pushed public service to perform, but there were still failures

Mar 25 2021 — John Ivison — It was a close shave but the Trudeau government has been given pass marks for its response to the COVID pandemic by the federal auditor general. In her report, Karen Hogan says the “all-hands-on-deck” emergency prompted a startling reaction from the bureaucracy, where a service mindset replaced the process-oriented approach that often sees the machinery […]

Liberal MP John McKay is a maverick with a mission

Mar 25 2021 — John Ivison — Parliamentarians are often derided as trained seals – interchangeable bobbleheads who always vote at their party’s call and never think for themselves at all. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Liberal MP John McKay has proven in his nearly quarter of a century in the House of Commons.

Majority of Canadians are feeling politically homeless, poll finds

Mar 24 2021 — John Ivison — One of P. G. Wodehouse’s best quips concerned the “confusion of ideas” between A.B. Spottsworth and one of the lions he was hunting, which resulted in him making the obituary column. “He thought the lion was dead and the lion thought it wasn’t.” A confusion of ideas explains Erin O’Toole’s problems with his party membership: […]

Erin O’Toole must put this comedy of errors behind him

Mar 23 2021 — John Ivison — “He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil”: Dromio of Syracuse in William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. This quote came to mind while reviewing last weekend’s Conservative convention. In truth, the plotline was more like one of the Bard’s tragedies, in which the flawed hero is consumed by his own ambition. […]