National Newswatch

Lessons in plastic ban living from Europe

Jun 30 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Just back from Europe, were there are already lots of bans on single-use plastics, especially plastic straws. Two pieces of advice for Canadians as we get set for a federally imposed ban beginning in 2021: Learn to drink quickly and give up milkshakes. If you take too long to drink through a paper straw, it […]

Trudeau’s a ‘populist’ but just doesn’t know it

Jun 30 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Whenever Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals accuse Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party of “populism” leading up to the Oct. 21 election, remember this. While the PM means it as a knock against Scheer — essentially equating “populism” with racism and white supremacy — Trudeau’s every bit as much of a “populist” […]

Why hiking taxes on the rich doesn’t pay

Jun 26 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Making the rich pay higher taxes is, according to politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a tried, true and easy way of making life better for average Canadians. Trudeau, for example, hiked the top federal income tax rate in 2016 for those earning more than $210,000 annually by four percentage […]

How Doug Ford repeated brother Rob Ford’s mistake

Jun 23 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — When Premier Doug Ford promised no one employed in Ontario’s public sector would lose his or her job in last year’s election, he made the same mistake as his late brother, Rob Ford. That was in the 2010 Toronto mayoral race, when Rob Ford guaranteed no city services would be cut.

Scheer’s climate pledge is nonsense, just like Trudeau’s

Jun 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s long-awaited climate change plan means the Tories will now join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in lying through their teeth leading up to the Oct. 21 election. Scheer’s 60-page plan released Wednesday, which does not include a carbon tax, says the greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed to by Trudeau […]

McKenna’s ludicrous promise on carbon pricing

Jun 16 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s assertion last week that the Trudeau government, if re-elected, will freeze its carbon price/tax at $50 per tonne of emissions after 2022 is ludicrous. It runs counter to everything the federal government’s own experts have said about the need to re-assess the effectiveness of the federal carbon price/tax post 2022, to […]

Why Trudeau’s climate promises are a fantasy

Jun 12 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Heading into the Oct. 21 federal election it’s time to have an adult conversation about man-made climate change, carbon taxes and carbon pricing. Because we’re not getting one from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Almost nothing Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna say about this issue bears any resemblance to reality. Both apparently subscribe to McKenna’s […]

Trudeau’s plastics ban an election gimmick

Jun 11 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement Monday that Canada will ban single-use plastics was an election gimmick, not a real plan. The first hint occurred when Trudeau was rendered utterly indecipherable by a reporter simply asking him: “What do you and your family do to cut back on plastics?” Here’s the response from the Prime Minister […]

Andrew Scheer’s fighting history, not Doug Ford

Jun 8 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Just eight months ago, the liberal media narrative was that newly-elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford might be after federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s job. Now it’s that Ford is hurting Scheer’s chances of winning in Ontario in the Oct. 21 federal election, which he needs in order to win Canada, and that’s why Ford has […]

MPs send Michael Cooper down Orwell’s ‘memory hole’

Jun 6 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Here are the banned words Conservative MP Michael Cooper quoted from accused Christchurch, New Zealand terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto that blew up the Commons justice committee last week: “Conservatism is corporatism in disguise. I want no part of it … The nation with the closest political and social values to my own, is the People’s […]

Tory MP Michael Cooper has little to apologize for

Jun 4 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Conservative MP Michael Cooper has apologized for being rude to Faisal Khan Suri, president of the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council, following Suri’s testimony before the Commons’ justice committee last week. I agree with him on that. Cooper should not have insulted Suri by saying he “should be ashamed of himself,” nor should he have […]

Trudeau’s ‘hidden agenda’ exposed

May 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — As it turns out, the Canadian political leader with a “hidden agenda” is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Because while Trudeau was boasting about his “sunny ways” of governing, and falsely accusing Scheer of being sympathetic to white supremacists, the Liberal government he presided over was, in the unforgettable words of […]

If Trudeau’s re-elected, what abuse of power comes next?

May 12 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — In the wake of Lavscam and the now-aborted Mark Norman trial, what new examples of abuse of power will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government engage in if re-elected with a majority government on Oct. 21? We now have two legal cases where individuals who were trying to do the right thing — former attorney general […]

Still hard to believe Butts on SNC-Lavalin affair

May 5 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — In a lengthy interview with the Huffington Post released Saturday, Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, makes a statement about the SNC-Lavalin affair which to me, beggars belief. Butts said he doesn’t think Trudeau’s actions were motivated by Trudeau’s desire to obtain a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) for the company. Asked […]

Scheer fires back at Trudeau’s ‘white supremacist’ charge

Apr 24 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of being a closet supporter of white supremacists, the Conservatives are countering with an election ad accusing Trudeau of lying to Canadians. And it’s still six months away from the Oct. 21 election, suggesting it’s going to be a long and brutal campaign. The […]