National Newswatch

When Kenney speaks, Trudeau would be well-advised to listen

Dec 11 2019 — John Ivison — Jason Kenney is a deft exponent of funambulism – the fine art of political tightrope walking. The Alberta premier’s high wire act requires him to be suitably outraged at Ottawa’s anti-energy policies but not so aggrieved that he incites what he calls “the fear and anger roiling the Prairies”. Kenney met with Justin Trudeau on […]

For the most part, bloated Trudeau cabinet is window dressing and little else

Nov 20 2019 — John Ivison — Just over four years ago, Justin Trudeau strode in late fall sunshine toward Rideau Hall like a conquering Roman general, flanked by his gender-balanced cabinet. By contrast, there was nothing triumphant about the way Trudeau’s ministers trudged toward the Governor-General’s residence to be sworn in on a chilly winter’s afternoon on Wednesday, their leader nowhere […]

Jason Kenney needs to play it cool to deal with Wexit heat

Nov 18 2019 — John Ivison — What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. Eastern Liberals like Kathleen Wynne on CTV’s Question Period spent the weekend accusing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney of “fanning the flames” of Western separatism. Those closer to the action could only shake their heads and point out that Kenney is Canada’s best hope for taking the […]

Is Justin Trudeau’s newly found humility real or pretend? Time will tell

Nov 15 2019 — John Ivison — Winston Churchill once remarked that the greatest lesson in life is to learn that even fools are right sometimes. A freshly-chastened Justin Trudeau seems to have absorbed this advice in his meetings with opposition leaders this week, acknowledging he may be able to find “common ground” with politicians he only recently assured Canadians were depriving […]

Barack Obama — the man who won the Canadian federal election

Nov 13 2019 — John Ivison — The unsung story about the 2019 general election campaign is how vital Barack Obama’s endorsement was to Justin Trudeau’s victory. That’s a pretty broad statement, given there were so many twists and turns in the 40 day campaign. But if there was the turning point that secured the win, it was the former president’s backing […]

What can Andrew Scheer learn from Stephen Harper?

Oct 30 2019 — John Ivison — Andrew Scheer has made it clear he knows what is going on. He is going on. There were no hints in his post-election concession speech, or at any time since, that he is thinking about stepping down as Conservative leader. On the contrary, he sounded in bullish form, noting that his predecessor, Stephen Harper, reduced […]

How will Justin Trudeau navigate the choppy waters ahead?

Oct 22 2019 — John Ivison — The morning after the 2015 election, Canada was at peace with itself. The country wanted a change in tone after the astringency of the Harper years. Even Conservatives acknowledged they had run out of steam. Justin Trudeau personified the sense of optimism and exhilaration. How different October 22, 2019, feels – more like the morning […]

Liberals and NDP lost a lot, but Jagmeet Singh risks losing more

Oct 22 2019 — John Ivison — In times past, scoundrels were placed in a pillory in the public square and exposed to humiliation and abuse. Justin Trudeau’s appearance before his fellow citizens in the Old Market Square in Winnipeg mid-campaign, after he’d be caught dressing up in blackface, was a similar exercise in public shaming. It was also the pivotal moment […]

Will the real Justin Trudeau please speak up

Oct 17 2019 — John Ivison — You might think it’s high time Justin Trudeau got real, in the dying days of a general election campaign when he is fighting for his political life. You’d be wrong. The two leading parties appear to be losing support as the campaign goes on, which is not the norm. The hurricane of spin and disinformation […]