National Newswatch

China secretly hoarded global pandemic supplies, according to report

May 2 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Before publicly acknowledging COVID-19 was capable of human transmission, China secretly launched a global plan to buy up personal protection equipment, contributing to world-wide shortages of the desperately needed pandemic supplies, according to an investigation by Global News. “We found essentially a global covert operation in which China moved early to secure personal protection equipment […]

Big government failed in COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 25 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Contrary to myth, Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been an argument in favour of big government but a savage indictment of it. The massive amounts of government spending embarked on by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that will be paid for by future generations to deal with the health and economic fallout of COVID-19 […]

Trudeau helps the oil sector, just not a lot

Apr 18 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Having pursued policies that helped undermine Canada’s oil sector for so long, some would find it ironic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave it $1.7 billion on Friday to clean up orphaned and inactive oil wells. But given the beleaguered state of Canada’s oil industry, hit by the double whammy of the COVID-19 economic crisis and […]

Feds were in the dark as COVID-19 spread out of control

Apr 12 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — It’s hard to take seriously Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s claim on CBC radio’s The House, which aired Saturday, that the Trudeau government’s actions in the COVID-19 pandemic were based on “the best advice possible at the time.” Consider a March 10 briefing note prepared for Hajdu, first reported by the CBC, that with just 12 […]

Patty Hajdu’s China Syndrome

Apr 5 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — China’s government is no doubt delighted with federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s vigorous defence of its credibility regarding its role in the outbreak of COVID-19, which has created a global health and economic crisis. Canadians, on the other hand, should be concerned. Not only did Hajdu blow past Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s non-committal answer Thursday […]

COVID-19 shows the terrible cost of ignoring history

Mar 30 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Canada’s COVID-19 crisis proves those who do not learn from the past, are condemned to repeat it. Despite years of warnings by medical experts to our federal and provincial governments that we weren’t prepared for another pandemic in the wake of the 2009 H1NI and 2002-03 SARS outbreaks, the exact same problems are repeating themselves.

We can’t afford the PMO’s partisan games

Mar 26 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — On its surface, what turned out to be less than a 24-hour delay before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $82 billion economic stimulus package because of COVID-19 was passed by Parliament, wasn’t a big deal. Ultimately, the legislation was approved and, in one sense, our current minority Parliament worked. That is, because of Conservative objections, the […]

We gambled on the wrong threat — climate change

Mar 22 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — One of the key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for at least the past decade, we focused disproportionately, or rather our governments did, on one potential global threat — human-induced climate change — to the exclusion of all others. Anthropogenic climate change became the issue that sucked up all the oxygen in the […]

Trudeau’s ‘fiscal firepower’ against COVID-19 limited

Mar 15 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Announcing billions of dollars in new government spending on Friday to combat the looming economic recession in the wake of COVID-19 and crashing oil prices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau twice referred to Canada having the “fiscal firepower” to do so. Except the reality is Trudeau would have a lot more fiscal firepower at his disposal […]

Trudeau’s Indigenous rights law will cause ‘chaos,’ says study

Mar 10 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The Trudeau government is poised to provoke more railway blockades, more economic damage to the country and “legal chaos” by passing legislation recognizing a United Nations declaration on Indigenous rights, warns a new study by the Fraser Institute. Author Tom Flanagan says the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) conflicts with […]

We’ve seen the future and it’s COVID-19

Mar 8 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is showing us what the global economy would have to look like — every year for the next decade — to meet the UN’s targets for averting what it describes as catastrophic climate change. The only way to do that would be to impose a massive downturn on the global […]

Conservatives abandon freedom of conscience

Mar 3 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then Liberal leader, said in 2014 that Liberal MPs had to be pro-choice, Conservatives were outraged. When the Liberals refused in 2017 to allow a pro-life Conservative MP, Rachel Harder, to chair the Commons status of women committee, Conservatives were outraged. When Trudeau required in 2018 that pro-life charities receiving […]

Trudeau’s strategy for reconciliation lies in ruins

Mar 1 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — At this point it’s fair to say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to improve relations with Canada’s Indigenous people — splitting and expanding the government bureaucracy dealing with them into two departments instead of one — has been a failure. Clearly, Trudeau’s decision in 2017 has not been, as the PM predicted at the time, […]

Trudeau’s policies are cutting Canada’s economic throat

Feb 24 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — No other country on Earth would cut its own economic throat the way Canada is doing to its abundant, but land-locked, oil and natural gas resources. Not only are we killing domestic and international investments to develop these resources, our lack of pipelines means we can’t get our existing oil and gas supplies to tidewater […]

In Canada, the bad guys are winning

Feb 23 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — In the battle between the tolerant and intolerant in Canada, the intolerant are winning. They’re winning because of the willingness of our governments and police to bow to those who break our laws, to the detriment of those who obey them. A small group of Indigenous and environmental radicals has paralyzed much of the country’s […]