National Newswatch

Jason Kenney defeated himself

May 19 2022 — Max Fawcett — Always bet on chaos. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after spending more than a decade in Alberta, it’s that politics here inevitably gravitates towards the most dramatic outcome. The long-running UCP leadership review, one that saw Jason Kenney receive just 51.4 per cent support from the 34,000-plus ballots cast, is just the latest data […]

Del Duca nips at Ford’s heels in race for Ontario

May 12 2022 — Max Fawcett — Political coverage is often criticized for focusing too much on the horse race aspects, and that’s especially true during an election campaign. But sometimes, a horse race is a perfect metaphor for politics. Last week at the Kentucky Derby, an 80-1 long shot named Rich Strike moved from the back of the pack to win […]

How Roe v. Wade could change the Conservative leadership race

May 5 2022 — Max Fawcett — For weeks now, Pierre Poilievre has been campaigning on a pledge to “fire the gatekeepers” and make Canada “the freest country on Earth.” In a recent YouTube video, he suggested “freedom is like oxygen. You only notice it when it is gone.” But now, as millions of Americans gasp for metaphorical air in the wake […]

For better or worse, this election is Doug Ford’s to lose

May 4 2022 — Max Fawcett — Bribing voters with their own money is a time-tested political strategy, but few have ever taken it to the level Doug Ford’s government just did. In their April budget, the Progressive Conservatives promised Ontarians a record $198.6 billion in spending, including major new allocations for highways, transit and health care. That’s $40 billion more than […]

Welcome to dumbest COVID wave yet

Apr 13 2022 — Max Fawcett — Once again, our hospitals are straining under the weight of a growing load of COVID-19 cases, a burden amplified by the sheer number of health workers who are being felled by the virus themselves. In Ontario, the number of hospitalizations has risen above 1,000 for the first time since February, while wastewater data suggests as […]

Pierre Poilievre vs. Pierre Trudeau

Apr 7 2022 — Max Fawcett — As a lifelong Conservative and son of Alberta who was born in Calgary just as the National Energy Program was being created, there are probably few politicians Pierre Poilievre dislikes more than Pierre Trudeau. It’s ironic, then, that he appears to be following a similar path as the former Liberal prime minister. In the early […]

The oil companies aren’t going to save us

Apr 6 2022 — Max Fawcett — The contrast couldn’t have been much more striking. On the same day the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report showing both how far the world is from meeting its climate targets and the central role wind and solar energy have to play in getting it back on track, one of Canada’s biggest oil […]

Trudeau’s ambitious climate plan runs right through Alberta

Apr 1 2022 — Max Fawcett — For millions of Canadians, the recent deal between the Trudeau Liberals and Jagmeet Singh’s NDP will be about progress on pharmacare and coverage of dental services. But for Justin Trudeau, it was almost certainly about buying more time and space to reach his government’s climate goals. Now, with the release of the government’s emissions reduction […]

Pierre Poilievre is right to make housing an issue

Mar 25 2022 — Max Fawcett — Pierre Poilievre, the putative front-runner for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, is wrong about a lot of things. He’s so consistently and noisily wrong, in fact, that being aggressively wrong has become his stock in trade. But one thing he’s right about is the sorry state of Canada’s housing market and the […]