National Newswatch

Does party leadership need to have always been a career goal?

Feb 3 2020 — Kelly McParland — If you were making a movie out of the Conservative leadership race, it would be something like the scene from the classic Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront, in which Terry Malloy, the boxer ordered to throw a fight, complains to his mobster brother, “I coulda’ been a contender. I could’ve been somebody.” The Tories […]

Canada could use a PM like Rona Ambrose

Jan 21 2020 — Kelly McParland — Just in case no one has made it clear to her yet, which seems unlikely, there are compelling reasons Rona Ambrose should quit stalling and seek the leadership of the Conservative party. She has been under pressure for some time, and is obviously torn, given that she hasn’t rejected the idea yet, even if it […]

Trudeau is still obsessed with photo ops. It’s time for something more substantive

Nov 14 2019 — Kelly McParland — So far, the net outcome of Justin Trudeau’s meetings with the leaders of opposition parties has been some awkward-looking photo ops of the prime minister gripping hands with disappointed-looking opponents. It’s not clear whether the disconsolate expressions are a holdover from the election results, or the result of meetings that appear to have produced little. […]

The Tories need a new leader

Oct 28 2019 — Kelly McParland — Lisa Raitt thinks Andrew Scheer should get a second chance at defeating Justin Trudeau, which is a nice thing for her to say but perhaps not the best path to victory for a party that notably underperformed in its recent attempt to oust the Liberals. As a non-insider with no affiliation to the apparently endless […]

Why reactionary populism will fizzle in Canada

Aug 12 2019 — Kelly McParland — Populism is getting a bad rap in Canada, unjustifiably so. According to my unaffiliated and wholly non-partisan online dictionary, populism is defined as “a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups.” That’s pretty much the whole world, outside a few billionaires, right? […]

Trudeau and Scheer are both betting on bad memories

Jul 29 2019 — Kelly McParland — Somewhere in a special nook at his official residence — not the crumbling, toxic mess at 24 Sussex, but the “cottage” across the street — Justin Trudeau should have a little table set aside with flickering candles, burning incense, and a photo of Doug Ford. Passing the little shrine each morning, girding for another day […]

Liberals bet it all on billions from Morneau

Mar 18 2019 — Kelly McParland — Deep down inside, hidden in a spot where conscience seldom goes, even resolute Liberals must feel a tinge of embarrassment at how far and fast the Trudeau government has slid from the ideals that got it elected. If the latest strategy succeeds — and that’s a big question considering how badly previous attempts have failed […]

The real Trudeau emerges at last

Mar 4 2019 — Kelly McParland — Of all the words written or spoken about the crisis devouring the Trudeau government, perhaps the most enlightening were the foolish remarks offered by Jati Sidhu, a Liberal member from British Columbia. “The way she’s acting, I think she couldn’t handle the stress,” he opined in the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s astonishing testimony. “I think […]