National Newswatch

How the Harper model worked, and why it’s now broken

Jan 30 2020 — Ken Boessenkool — The Conservative Party of Canada is now in the early stages of a leadership selection process. This is the result of a number of factors, the most important of which is the desire by Conservatives — particularly Western Conservatives — to see themselves once again reflected in the national government as they did during the […]

For a quick shot in the arm, cut the GST

Feb 15 2016 — Ken Boessenkool — Does Canada need a fiscal stimulus program? The Liberal federal government certainly thinks so. Alberta and other natural-resource-producing provinces could certainly use a shot in the arm. And monetary policy is doing pretty much all it can short of turning interest rates negative. So even though there is no evidence the country as a whole […]