National Newswatch

Why the Liberals’ plastic plan may need recycling

Oct 7 2020 — John Ivison — I doubt I am the only householder to be shocked by the revelation of how small a percentage of plastic is recycled from the small mountain we lug to the curb in our blue boxes. Just nine per cent of the three million tonnes produced a year is re-used, with the rest ending up in […]

If Liberals fail during this next phase of COVID, so do many businesses

Oct 1 2020 — John Ivison — The address in reply to the speech from the throne is seldom a tribute to the political genius of the government, and Erin O’Toole’s maiden effort as Conservative leader was no exception. “Canadians deserve better than this Liberal government (which) was two months late in responding to the pandemic and whose clumsy response has made […]

It’s becoming impossible to tell Liberals and New Democrats apart, and the implications are unsettling

Sep 29 2020 — John Ivison — It is becoming tedious to keep warning that we’ll pay for the government’s improvidence, like a joyless man of the cloth admonishing his flock for their self-indulgence. An anxious electorate has indicated broad support for renewed income benefits and paid sick leave, which is understandable as the second COVID-19 wave washes in. The latest weekly […]

Get ready for the Liberals’ secret new carbon tax

Sep 11 2020 — John Ivison — It’s the green policy paradox. Governments want to achieve greenhouse gas reductions at the lowest possible cost, yet, in order to incentivize more environmentally-friendly behaviour, the price of pollution must be driven ever higher. The Trudeau Liberals have touted their ability to balance the demands of the economy and the environment but as we close […]

Trade tribunal to review Canadian government deal with Chinese company for airport scanners

Sep 8 2020 — John Ivison — The deal to award a state-owned Chinese company the contract to install X-ray scanners in Canadian embassies around the world is being reviewed by the quasi-judicial body that governs the federal government’s procurement process. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has informed Beijing-based Nuctech that it has decided to conduct an inquiry, based on a complaint […]