National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau is not the same. Let’s start with that hair.

May 7 2020 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The nation has already reckoned with the beard. The beard—to some a harbinger of a more-serious style of governance, or a more-mature prime minister, and to others just a goddamned beard—is here to stay. The beardless Justin Trudeau had been a Justin Trudeau of hope and colourful socks. A politician of close shaves, on his […]

Scott Reid’s confession, and the dream of honesty in politics

Jan 2 2020 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Tory MP is sorry he lied to me—and to Parliament. Let’s not waste his moment of truth. Politicians aren’t primarily in the business of truth-telling. Reporters fully expect partisans to lie to us, sometimes, in service to their cause, their leader or the preservation of their own political asses. Conservative MP Scott Reid recently […]

Trudeau’s top advisor accused Indian PM of trying to ‘screw’ Liberals during 2018 trip: book excerpt

Aug 1 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Justin Trudeau’s longtime adviser Gerald Butts accused India’s government of trying to “screw” the Liberals to help his Canadian Conservative rivals during the prime minister’s controversy-ridden trip to India. Trudeau’s visit to India in early 2018 was widely panned because of his dressing in traditional garb; the invitation of a convicted attempted murderer to high-level […]

Canadian officials instructed to stop using ‘progressive’ to describe trade deals, documents show

Jul 4 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — When Canada signed on to a massive Asia-Pacific trade deal last year, the Liberal government faced some mockery for insisting on putting the term “progressive” in the title. A few months later, bureaucrats were quietly instructed to drop the word in favour of describing it as an “inclusive approach to trade” instead, newly released documents […]

Feds make cool $35k from warehouse surplus sale, but diamond bracelet, barber chairs and horse tack could still be yours

Jun 20 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — After making almost $35,000 from selling odds and ends such as mittens, headphones and chairs at an Ottawa sale Saturday, the federal government is considering opening the doors to more of its surplus warehouses. GCSurplus’s first “Cash and Carry” sale attracted more than 1,500 people, according to a spokesman for Public Services and Procurement Canada. […]

Conservatives zero in on Paris targets as ‘proof point’ for discrediting Liberal carbon tax: internal memo

Jun 12 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Ahead of a climate policy announcement from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the Tories are going all-in on attacking the Liberal government for its projected failure to meet emissions reduction targets, according to an internal memo obtained by the National Post. The memo to chief of staff Marc-André Leclerc, dated June 5, outlines the party’s communications […]

‘New Serene Dave’ not so zen after learning AG faces a funding crunch under Liberals

Jun 6 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The auditor general and deputy minister of finance will be invited to a House committee next week, MPs decided Thursday, to explain a funding shortfall that’s causing cuts to the independent auditor’s work, including a planned performance review on government cyber security. The public accounts committee heard last month from the interim auditor general, Sylvain […]

Scheer won’t march in Pride parades this year, but Conservatives say they fight for gay rights in ‘many ways’

Jun 5 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — As his party continues to lead in the polls in the run-up to this fall’s federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer does not plan to march in any Pride parades this year. The Conservative Party confirmed Scheer’s plans this week, even as Ontario premier Doug Ford faces criticism from some quarters for announcing he will […]

Despite Freeland’s pleas, N.S. premier declines to press Chinese ambassador on Canadian detainees

May 30 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — At a time when Canada’s federal government is engaged in a full-court press to demand the release of two Canadian detainees in China, the premier of Nova Scotia appears to be prioritizing his province’s economic interests over the federal foreign minister’s pleas to raise the issue with Chinese officials. Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil did not […]

Monarchists concerned as government stops sending prints of Queen’s portrait to Canadians

May 23 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — In a move the Monarchist League of Canada decries as “unhelpful” to Canadian identity, the federal government is no longer sending prints of the Queen’s portrait to Canadians who request them. Although images of Her Majesty are still available to download, the League, which hitherto helped Canadian Heritage distribute physical copies, is concerned that the […]

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