National Newswatch

Keep O’Toole – if he returns to the right

Sep 26 2021 — Lorne Gunter — Should Erin O’Toole stay on as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? After all, it was O’Toole and his closest advisers who decided all on their own (without authorization from caucus or members), to oversteer the party to the left without producing anything resembling an electoral breakthrough.

Kenney’s new COVID-19 plan a shambles

Sep 16 2021 — Lorne Gunter — This is going to be a mess. There are slightly fewer restrictions than during Alberta’s previous lockdowns. And more exemptions. But the balance is not intuitive. The approach is inconsistent. Most people will find it impossible to figure out what is and isn’t allowed under the re-imposed restrictions. And that complexity and arbitrariness will make […]

Trudeau now wants to be even less accountable to Canadians

Aug 15 2021 — Lorne Gunter — Name the one Liberal initiative that Parliament has denied to Justin Trudeau and his party because they have a minority government. There isn’t one. Every time the minority Liberals have wanted an expansion of the already enormous federal budget, one of the other toady leftist parties has obliged by casting their lot with the Trudeau-ites.

The road to victory for Liberals is wide open

Aug 1 2021 — Lorne Gunter — There have been a rash of columns lately across the nation cautioning Justin Trudeau and the Liberals not to assume a majority is in the bag if they call an early election. Of course, nothing in politics is certain. But if Liberal supporters can’t be pried away from their party over the SNC-Lavalin scandal, in […]

Are Conservatives under Erin O’Toole going to face an epic defeat?

Jul 11 2021 — Lorne Gunter — Canadians don’t seem to like early elections, at least not those called just for the political advantage of a sitting government. I offer as exhibits David Peterson’s Liberals in Ontario in 1990 and Jim Prentice’s Tories in Alberta in 2015. In both cases, parties with strong majorities looked at the polls, thought they could increase […]

So much for Trudeau’s pledge to be open and transparent

Jun 26 2021 — Lorne Gunter — The Liberal government is suing the House of Commons and the Speaker to prevent MPs from getting their hands on documents pertaining to the firing of two scientists with connections to China from their jobs at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Lab. No one, not even the librarian of Parliament, can find an example of the cabinet […]

Linking Israel to apartheid now ‘acceptable’ anti-Semitism

Jun 20 2021 — Lorne Gunter — If former Green MP Jenica Atwin had tweeted the white supremacist slogan “the Jews will not replace us,” it’s a safe bet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not have welcomed her into the Liberal Party of Canada. But because hers was the more politically acceptable tactic of describing Israel as an apartheid state, she was […]

Weak-willed O’Toole ignores infrastructure bank boondoggle

Jun 20 2021 — Lorne Gunter — You can forgive yourself if you’ve never heard of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB); the largely useless, ultra-expensive federal government boondoggle set up by the Liberals to boost the economy by funding infrastructure projects – “green” projects preferred. Most people in the infrastructure industry have probably never heard of the CIB, or wish they hadn’t.