National Newswatch

Someone Call the Cops on Justin Trudeau’s Public Safety Minister Pick

Nov 21 2019 — Justin Ling — It’s been a hell of a ride, but Bill Blair’s redemption story is complete. The former Toronto police chief, pushed out of the job just four years ago, is now Canada’s minister of public safety. It’s a nearly-unfathomable return to form for Blair, who faced criticism from all sides for his handling of the infamous […]

What Straight People Are Getting Wrong About Andrew Scheer’s Queer Problem​

Nov 12 2019 — Justin Ling — I am so tired of hearing straight people talk about gay marriage. From the endless questions thrown to (still) Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about his opinions on gay marriage (or, as I call it, marriage), to his defenders in the press decrying the pro-marriage “jihad.” It’s a master class in missing the mark. It’s infuriating. […]

Ottawa halts weapon sales to Turkey after it invades Syria

Oct 15 2019 — Justin Ling — The Canadian government has suspended new weapons sales to Turkey as its NATO ally invades northern Syria. Global Affairs Canada confirmed that Ottawa has “temporarily suspended new export permits to Turkey.” Canada joins fellow NATO members Germany and France in pausing military sales to Ankara, as the Turkish army pushes into Kurdish territory in Syria. […]

The Strategy Behind All Those ‘Sarah From the Conservatives’ Texts

Sep 16 2019 — Justin Ling — If you’ve paid your cellphone bill in Canada in the past six months, you’ve no doubt received an unexpected text message from the Conservative Party soliciting your views on the upcoming election or the carbon tax. “Hi, it’s Sarah from the Conservative Party,” a typical text begins. “Can the Conservative Party count on your support […]

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.