National Newswatch

Conservative Senator Is an Active Member of a Far-Right Facebook Group

Aug 2 2019 — Justin Ling — A fringe Facebook group—run by a far-right activist whose protests have attracted conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis—featured three current Conservative MPs and a sitting Tory senator among it members. While the three MPs appear to be unwitting members of the group, Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu was happy to join the conversation. The Canadian Coalition […]

Politicians Sure Like to Suck at the Teat of Big Dairy

Jul 19 2019 — Justin Ling — White gold. Chilliwack crude. Lactose candy. The creamy dragon. There’s lots of street names for it, but most people know it as milk. Cold, hard, milk. Its enticing allure is hard to resist. And, indeed, many powerful people have fallen under her spell. But few have fallen harder than Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative […]

Tragedy and politics on Prince Edward Island

Apr 22 2019 — Justin Ling — Elections on Prince Edward Island tend to be as predictable as the tides. In the 146 years since the province’s first election after Confederation, just two parties have traded power. No party other than the Liberals and Conservatives has ever won more than a single seat in a general election. There’s no doubt that was […]

Canada’s Golden Boy Loses His Shine

Mar 4 2019 — Justin Ling — Damning testimony on a corporate scandal leaves Trudeau’s future shaky. It was Feb. 28, 1984, and Canada’s capital was being pummeled by a blizzard. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau stepped out of his official Ottawa residence and took a long walk in the snow to contemplate his political future. His government had survived an independence […]

Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders

Jun 21 2018 — Justin Ling — Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal. The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest and deny entry to anyone found on it.

Bill Morneau May Be Rich—That Doesn’t Make Him Corrupt

Dec 5 2017 — Justin Ling — Bill morneau is an easy guy to distrust. Hell, I suspect it’s easy to just plain hate him, no matter your political leanings. He’s rich. Too rich, even. He’s worth north of $50 million from his days as corporate bigwig—most notably, as president of Morneau Shepell, his family firm, now worth a cool $1 billion. […]

The Intolerable Immodesty of Justin Trudeau

Nov 15 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few things more shameless than grading yourself on a curve. And yet the Trudeau government has done exactly that. The Mandate Letter Tracker is the government’s answer to a question nobody asked. An attempt from Ottawa to judge itself by its own rubric, fake news be damned. Under this scoring system, set up […]

Andrew Scheer’s Ties to Rebel Media Are Now Impossible to Deny

Oct 21 2017 — Justin Ling — There are few pairs of words that have become as toxic as quickly as “the Rebel” has in Canada in recent months. Maybe “Weinstein Company” or “tiki torch.” But Ezra Levant’s online opinion site has attracted particular acrimony thanks to a litany of colossally unwise moves, even by Levant’s own admission: one of his most […]

Here’s the Trudeau government’s secret guide to Trump’s cabinet

Oct 11 2017 — Justin Ling — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes the rounds in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, he’ll be thrown straight into the confusing mire of President Donald Trump’s White House. While the president has proven himself exactly as unpredictable as many expected — whether it’s slapping extraordinary trade penalties on Quebec manufacturer Bombardier or musing about cancelling the North […]