National Newswatch

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 […]

We obtained the Conservatives’ internal strategy on Trudeau’s tax changes. Here’s what’s wrong with it.

Sep 15 2017 — Justin Ling — The Conservative Party is doubling down on its bombastic rhetoric around the Trudeau Liberals’ proposed tax changes, but a fact-check on their actual claims show that few of the opposition’s talking points are based in reality. VICE News has obtained strategy documents, prepared for the Conservative caucus, detailing how Members of Parliament are to go […]

Inside Ottawa’s failure to fix the First Nations drinking water crisis

Sep 7 2017 — Justin Ling — Bringing clean drinking water to First Nations across Canada isn’t rocket science. More often than not, it simply requires commitment: Not just in cash, but in resources to help communities manage the facilities. A VICE News analysis of government disclosure documents illustrates exactly how a lack of funding has kept First Nations on a list […]

The Conservative Party wrings its hands on condemning The Rebel

Aug 16 2017 — Justin Ling — A statement from the Conservative Party distancing itself from the controversial alt-right Rebel Media has been shown to Andrew Scheer, the party’s leader, but has yet to be released. It’s not clear whether Scheer, who has been interviewed by the controversial opinion site on four different occasions, is uncomfortable with the move, or whether the […]

Canada isn’t keeping track of suicides in Indigenous communities

Jul 19 2017 — Justin Ling — Canada does not have a complete picture of the suicide crisis among Indigenous communities, with neither the federal government nor the largest organization representing First Nations keeping track. And while Canada’s health minister says it would be helpful to have exact numbers on the epidemic, she says it’s not a top priority as First Nations […]

A classified threat assessment says the dangers posed to Canada’s defence minister are “unique”

Jul 17 2017 — Justin Ling — A highly-classified intelligence assessment warned that threats against Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan posed a “unique challenge” for his security detail. The 2016 document lists a host of possible sources for those threats, from the Islamic State to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Sikh extremists, and gangs. The documents also suggest that there are right-wing elements that […]

Lobster has become a symbol of Canada’s economic courtship of China

Jul 10 2017 — Justin Ling — In the Halifax airport, right after the check-in desk but before the usually-modest line for security, there is a curious shop. Its logo, which has been more-or-less the same for decades, reads: Clearwater. For locals of Atlantic Canada, the shop doesn’t seem out of place. For those visiting the airport for the first time, it’s […]