National Newswatch

Are the Liberals economy-halting ways enough to send them packing from office?

Dec 5 2018 — Lorne Gunter — There is one thing that could defeat the Liberals next October – their juvenile mismanagement of Canada’s economy. Frankly, I suspect they’ll win at least a minority government next October because just enough voters still fall for Trudeau’s charm and self-righteous political correctness. The economy shrank unexpectedly in September and the annualized rate of GDP […]

Saudi spat shows need for Canadian oil pipelines

Aug 10 2018 — Lorne Gunter — On Thursday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the current diplomatic spat between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Ottawa would not affect Saudi oil sales to Canada. Of course not. That’s money we pay them. Everything action they’ve take so far affects only money they send us. The Saudis aren’t stupid. We get […]

Trudeau responds quite differently when he’s the one accused

Jul 10 2018 — Lorne Gunter — Up to this point, I have not thought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be “fried” for his groping of a young reporter at a music festival in the B.C. interior nearly two decades ago. But that changed with his outrageous and infuriating remarks about the “Kokanee Grope” while attending the Calgary Stampede last week.

Trudeau’s housing strategy has pros, but how will we pay for it?

Nov 26 2017 — Lorne Gunter — There are some facets of the federal Liberal government’s national housing strategy, released in Toronto on Wednesday, that make a lot of sense. No, seriously. I am not currently in the Postmedia concussion protocol as I write this. Much of the housing strategy is the kind of feel-good gobbledygook we have come to expect from […]

Trudeau’s damage control is both bizarre and insulting

Oct 18 2017 — Lorne Gunter — The news conference Monday at a pizzeria in Stouffville, Ont, at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a reduction in the federal small business tax rate, was both bizarre and insulting. First the insulting part. The announcement – that over the next 14 months the Liberal government will lower the […]

The truth is the Liberals have been itching to tax discounts for decades

Oct 14 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Was the Trudeau government really blindsided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over the taxing of employee discounts, as they claim? The federal Liberals insist they never approved a CRA directive, revealed last weekend, to tax the face value of products and services employers give their workers at reduced rates. Does the owner of the […]

Justin Trudeau’s response to Energy East cancellation is laughable

Oct 5 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Almost the moment TransCanada announced Thursday it was ending its attempt to build the $15-billion Energy East Pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick, the federal Liberal government began insisting this was purely a “business decision.” Don’t look at us, Trudeau government spokespeople insisted. World oil prices and all that, don’t ya know. Natural Resources Minister […]

Alberta’s NDP pot plan just might work, but skip government-run shops

Oct 5 2017 — Lorne Gunter — The Notley government’s proposed rules for legal pot sales in Alberta, released Wednesday, might just work. The key will be whether the NDP can be convinced to let private retailers sell weed, rather than selling it through government-owned stores run by bureaucrats and staffed by union members. The proposals deal with who may buy weed […]

Singh is now a big headache for Trudeau

Oct 4 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Jagmeet Singh, the former criminal defence lawyer and Ontario MPP who was elected federal NDP leader on the weekend, is good news for the Tories and very bad news for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. Trudeau, of course, has succeeded in Canadian politics largely because he has been seen as an agent of change. He […]

Trudeau’s either clueless or hypocritical on democratic reform

Mar 29 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Canadians have to wonder not only about the federal Liberals’ commitment to democratic reform, but about their understanding of democracy itself. For the second time in less than a year, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is attempting to change the rules of Parliament to limit the opposition’s ability to hold the Liberals to […]

Growing millennial cohort pose challenge for Tory hopefuls

Feb 28 2017 — Lorne Gunter — In the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race – a.k.a Kevin-Come-Lately and the 13 Dwarfs – the most popular candidate isn’t even running. Rona Ambrose, the very able Edmonton-area MP who has been the party’s interim leader since former Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped aside, is one of just two Conservatives for whom “don’t know” […]

The backlash to political correctness was inevitable

Feb 26 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Several times this week I’ve been warned by supporters of M-103, the anti-Islamophobia motion being debated in Parliament, that if the motion fails even more Muslim youth will become radicalized. They will feel discriminated against in Canada and more likely to fall victim to the hateful propaganda of ISIS or other radical Muslims. Frankly, if […]

The harassment of Khalid is wrong, but doesn’t justify M-103

Feb 19 2017 — Lorne Gunter — For the most part, email and social media have been fantastic developments for keeping family, friends, citizens, colleagues, businesses and customers in touch, informed and connected – instantly. While apps such as Facebook and Twitter have hurt my business – newspapering – they have democratized the news, opening up information gathering and dissemination to nearly […]