National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau has lost his legitimacy to govern

Oct 17 2019 — Joe Oliver — Justin Trudeau had remarkable staying power in the face of all the policy failures, broken promises and personal misconduct. However, his tarnished brand has finally lost its lustre, with some polls showing him behind the Conservatives in popular votes and seats. On Monday evening, denuded of credibility, he may be reduced to clinging to office […]

The Trans Mountain pipeline is in peril

Oct 4 2019 — Joe Oliver — Undecided voters should be aware that a minority Liberal government would block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) and Canada’s chance to export oil to overseas markets, dealing a devastating blow to the economy and national unity. Sixteen months ago, the government, in panic mode, bought TMX for $4.5 billion when its sponsor, Kinder Morgan, […]

Tarnished world image may finally doom Trudeau

Sep 19 2019 — Joe Oliver — The shocking photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Aladdin in blackface is a severe blow to his crumbling authenticity, especially since he incessantly virtue-signalled support for diversity, while keeping his own racially mocking behaviour secret. Up until now, the many other egregious blunders and blatant untruths haven’t fatally damaged his re-election prospects, although he […]

Beware of endless deficits, especially now

Aug 30 2019 — Joe Oliver — Back in April 2015, I was proud to present Canada’s last balanced budget. Our Conservative government even legislated that if we regressed to a deficit, salaries of cabinet ministers and deputy ministers would be reduced by five percent until we returned to balance. That may seem like so yesterday. However, fiscal prudence is actually more […]

Trudeau’s latest ethical breach may be his last

Aug 22 2019 — Joe Oliver — Canada is immersed in an unprecedented political scandal. No Prime Minister has ever been found guilty of violating ethics laws until Justin Trudeau offended twice. The second time, he violated prosecutorial independence and may even have committed a crime. A similarly disgraced elected official or public servant would have voluntarily resigned immediately or been summarily […]

Beware foreign influence in Canada’s resource sector and elections

Aug 9 2019 — Joe Oliver — Canadians should welcome Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s inquiry into foreign financing opposition to the oilsands because it will investigate a significant problem for the entire country. Nevertheless, it generated overwrought criticism from those who seek to belittle the issue. That reaction is not new. Back in January 2012, as minister of natural resources, I denounced […]

The climate alarmists are keeping poor people in the dark — literally

Mar 27 2019 — Joe Oliver — I recently returned from a Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), which put into stark relief the moral imperative of developing fossil fuels, especially for the poorest people in developing countries. By implication, it reinforced the profoundly unethical stand of climate-change alarmists who are working to rid the world of […]

Carbon taxation needs public buy-in. Are you seeing much of that?

Jan 4 2019 — Joe Oliver — An important question in this year’s federal election will be whether Canadians hold the Liberal government to account for consciously inflicting an economic calamity on an energy industry that sits on the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. The answer depends on whether the public buys into climate-change alarmism. We recently heard from a […]

Get ready for a transformation of our migration policy

Dec 9 2018 — Joe Oliver — Next week in Marrakesh, Morocco, Canada will sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said our government was actively involved in drafting. Canada will then be politically and possibly legally committed to migration principles that could erode our sovereignty, weaken our borders and cost billions. Yet […]

Climate change alarmists seriously harm the economy

Nov 29 2018 — Joe Oliver — Canada’s energy industry is in crisis mode. Our economy stands to lose over $45 billion annually due to the massive discount at which we sell oil to the U.S. because governments and environmental activists have blocked the construction of pipelines to tidewater. Their opposition is based on a profound belief that we must rapidly reduce […]