National Newswatch

Politics of fear backfired on Notley and will backfire on Trudeau too

Apr 18 2019 — Licia Corbella — Tuesday’s election win that gave Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party a majority government holds many lessons for those who engage in the politics of fear and smear. Not only does it not always work, it can backfire big time. The Alberta NDP ran a disgraceful, cynical campaign of attempted character assassination against United Conservative Party […]

Marathon man Jason Kenney performs miracle on the Prairies

Apr 17 2019 — Licia Corbella — The metaphor of a marathon doesn’t begin to describe the journey Jason Kenney embarked upon to become Alberta’s 18th premier with a resounding majority government, making the Alberta NDP the only one-term government in the province’s 114-year history. Even an Ironman metaphor doesn’t adequately symbolize the onerous odyssey that Kenney has undertaken to ensure Premier […]

Hoping I don’t feel nauseous again on election night

Apr 13 2019 — Licia Corbella — During Alberta’s last election night on May 5, 2015, I was so nauseous I had to have a bowl on my lap just in case. Earlier that morning, I had received my first chemotherapy session for the triple-negative breast cancer I’d been diagnosed with that February. I was much too ill to stay up to […]

Young women turn their backs on Trudeau’s hypocrisy

Apr 4 2019 — Licia Corbella — Irony and hypocrisy are close bedfellows. Both were evident in extraordinary ways in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Less than one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked two strong women out of the Liberal caucus for telling the truth about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, 338 young women — called Daughters of the Vote — […]

Albertans will vote on NDP’s economic record or UCP sausage making

Mar 20 2019 — Licia Corbella — Politicking — like sausage-making — is ugly business. With apologies to the late Otto von Bismarck for messing with his famous quote about laws and sausages, “it’s better not to see them being made”. That, however, is what has happened with the so-called “kamikaze candidate” scandal — a.k.a. the “stalking horse” scandal — swirling around […]

Prosecution agreements aren’t inherently bad, but Liberals have messed it up

Feb 14 2019 — Licia Corbella — Deferred prosecution agreements and remediation are two terms being bandied about in discussions regarding the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal over the past week. Many commentators have been almost as critical about these legal tools to hold corporate criminals accountable as they have been on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of this affair. Last week, it was […]

Sunshine ski resort owner gets unfair offer he can’t refuse from feds

Jan 24 2019 — Licia Corbella — The Collins dictionary defines extortion as “the crime of obtaining something from someone, especially money, by using force or threats.” Parks Canada, then, may have just become this country’s largest extortionist. On Monday, Ralph Scurfield, president and CEO of Sunshine Village — the ski resort he and his family have built into a world-renowned destination […]

Saudi feud highlights Canada’s lack of energy security

Aug 13 2018 — Licia Corbella — Here’s hoping that Saudi Arabia’s temper tantrum over our federal government’s undiplomatic tweets backfires on the morally repugnant kingdom and ends up benefiting Canada in the long run. There is some evidence that the Saudi spat over tweets, designed to virtue signal to a domestic audience by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, has served as […]

Trudeau’s actions have helped fuel and fund Saudi aggression

Aug 11 2018 — Licia Corbella — The ironies and hypocrisies of both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s and the Saudi Arabian government abound in the diplomatic spat between the two countries that has garnered international attention. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Global Affairs Canada each sent out tweets publicly demanding that Saudi Arabia release recently arrested activists, including Samar […]

Trudeau plain wrong about Harper’s pipeline legacy

May 17 2018 — Licia Corbella — It’s either an untruth or ignorance. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For two years now, Trudeau keeps saying that “not a single kilometre of pipeline was built” during the almost 10 years that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was in power. On Tuesday, even in Alberta, Trudeau uttered that falsehood […]

NDP MP Moore has thankfully painted herself into a corner

May 11 2018 — Licia Corbella — NDP MP Christine Moore has painted herself into an ideological corner with the rules she expects men to follow when it comes to sexuality. As a result, she has destroyed several political careers — and, at last, hopefully she has inadvertently impaled her own. On the one hand, Moore expects men to pick up on […]