National Newswatch

How universities killed free speech

Nov 23 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Academic freedom — for conservatives — died a long time ago. So can we please end the pretence that universities today are bastions of free speech and that Wilfrid Laurier University’s appalling treatment of graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was an aberration? What happened to the 22-year-old Shepherd has been the norm in universities for at […]

What’s really dumb? Trudeau’s carbon pricing plan

Nov 12 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — A trick politicians use to intimidate us on the subject of human-influenced climate change is to leap from the fact that because scientists say it is real, we must support whatever they propose to address it. This is absurd. How to address human-influenced climate change involves economic policies that are political decisions, not scientific ones. […]

Where’s Trudeau’s campaign against offshore tax dodgers?

Nov 6 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Of the many poses Justin Trudeau has adopted since becoming prime minister, his performance as the defender of “tax fairness” for the middle class has been the most laughable. Until it blew up in their faces, Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau spent weeks portraying small business owners across Canada as corporate fatcats, whom they […]

Trudeau’s Titanic lie heading for an iceberg

Nov 5 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — When the next in the series of the United Nations’ never-ending, carbon-spewing, climate change road shows gets underway in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Canadians will be told two big political lies. The first is that the Paris climate accord, signed two years ago, still has a chance to lower global greenhouse gas emissions to what it […]

How dare Stephen Harper attack Liberals!

Oct 31 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — The Trudeau Liberals are shocked, SHOCKED! that former prime minister Stephen Harper has dared to write a memo to his business clients accusing the Grits of “napping on NAFTA.” To hear them tell it, Harper has betrayed Canada by writing, “I fear that the NAFTA re-negotiation is going very badly.” According to Harper’s briefing note […]

Morneau’s fall economic statement reveals Liberals’ commitment to never-ending deficits, debt

Oct 25 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Tuesday’s fall economic statement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau demonstrates why nothing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in the 2019 federal election campaign about Canada’s debt and deficits can be trusted. Contrary to every message Trudeau delivered both before and during the 2015 election, Morneau laid out the real Liberal agenda going forward, which, to […]

Wynne Liberals broke every rule in the book

Oct 18 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Normally, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s complete evisceration of how Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to pay for her “Fair Hydro Plan” would be an election game changer. That is, the final nail in the coffin of the Wynne government’s financial credibility, leading to its defeat at the polls in June. Lysyk’s findings, released Tuesday, are devastating […]

Trudeau’s tax flip, flops

Oct 16 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Even when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does the right thing, he has to be dragged kicking and screaming into doing it. Take his hasty resurrection Monday of his previously broken election promise to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019. The fact Trudeau now intends, albeit belatedly, to keep this […]

Trudeau’s trying times

Oct 15 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Halfway through his electoral mandate, won on the night of Oct. 19, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a sudden and unexpected drop in the polls, along with a growing list of broken promises from that election. Today, let’s look at some of the major ones: Trudeau promised a revenue neutral middle class tax cut. […]

Cause and effect

Oct 7 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — TransCanada’s cancellation of the Energy East pipeline demonstrates that elections matter and we get what we vote for. Or at least what Liberal voters voted for. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in January he wants to “phase out” the oil sands and transition Canada to a low carbon economy. For anyone wanting that, cancelled oil […]

Small business owners betrayed by Trudeau

Aug 31 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — If Justin Trudeau believes a huge swath of Canada’s 3.5 million small businesses have been evading taxes, why did he promise to cut their tax rate from 11% to 9% over four years, in the 2015 election? Of course, he’s already broken that promise – which he made verbally and in writing. After winning power, […]

Trudeau’s ego reveals his character

Aug 2 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — People who enjoy making themselves appear big by making others appear small are best avoided in life, if possible. Admittedly, that’s hard to do when they’re the Prime Minister. Three times since July 1 alone — twice in foreign media — Justin Trudeau has gratuitously aggrandized himself at the expense of other Canadians. Each time, […]

Pseudo Tories are Tories’ biggest problem

Aug 1 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — The greatest threat to the future of the Conservative Party of Canada doesn’t come from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. Nor from the NDP, no matter who their next leader is. It comes from Conservatives who want to be Liberals. Some call themselves “Red Tories,” others “self-loathing” Conservatives, still others, ahem, Conservative “strategists.” […]

Trudeau had numerous defences in Khadr lawsuit

Jul 20 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — The more Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues he had no choice but to give Omar Khadr $10.5 million of taxpayers’ money and an apology, the less convincing he sounds. Let’s look at the facts, as opposed to Trudeau’s rhetoric it could have cost the government up to $40 million had Khadr’s $20 million civil suit […]

Liberals could have defended Khadr case

Jul 12 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — The Trudeau Liberals insist they had little choice but to settle with Omar Khadr for $10.5 million. This in light of Khadr’s $20 million civil suit against them and because the Supreme Court found in 2010 that the Jean Chretien and Paul Martin Liberal governments violated Khadr’s Charter rights to life, liberty and security of […]