National Newswatch

Has the high-flying Peter MacKay come down to Earth?

May 16 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — Before card-carrying Conservatives lick the envelope to seal their vote for their next federal leader, they might be wise to ask front-runner Peter MacKay if his tastes are now less extravagant. Jeeez-uz, Bono, I hear you cry. What in hell ancient muck are you trying to rake up now? Give it a rest, pal.

MacKay and O’Toole need to Trump-up leadership campaigns

May 12 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — The emails from Donald Trump are now coming in fast and furiously — more than all the campaign missives from Canadian leadership contenders Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole combined — with November’s presidential election approaching faster than Paul Revere approaching midnight. They just keep coming and coming, with some fine print at the bottom to […]

The hardest hardcore Conservative candidate goes ugly

Apr 25 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — With the Prime Minister still capturing most of the news with his daily COVID-19 updates, long-shot Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan decided on the low road of dog-whistle politics to get some national traction. It got pretty ugly pretty quick. The majority of Canadians are in self-isolation, unemployed, or about to lose their business, of […]

Baird ready for Tory leadership, but is he a go?

Feb 10 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — John Baird, known to close friends as Rusty, has likely had both ears burned off by now with folks yelling passionately at him to enter the Conservative leadership race and save the party from the apocalypse. The former Stephen Harper cabinet minister of many senior portfolios is the candidate everyone now seems to want — […]

You’re not Harper’s brand; your leadership road’s uphill

Feb 3 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — Anyone who worked closely with Stephen Harper’s Conservatives during his decade as prime minister remains acutely aware of the truth expressed by one of his early communications directors. Stephen Harper was the Conservative Party. He crafted it, he ruled it, and he micro-managed it. This does no favour to Peter MacKay, the presumptive frontrunner to […]

Uncertain contenders kicking the tires to replace Scheer

Jan 9 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — Out of all the potential contenders who might enter the race to replace Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader, the one the Trudeau Liberals truly can’t stand is the pesky Pierre Poilievre, who looks more like a kid still in college than a veteran MP. Somewhere in his attic, he must have his own a Dorian […]

When Scheer-bashing becomes boring, it’s time to aim elsewhere

Dec 8 2019 — Mark Bonokoski — Perhaps it’s best to await former Harper cabinet minister John Baird’s internal review of what went wrong in the Conservatives’ election campaign to fully leak out before the stoning of Andrew Scheer continues. Baird is a feisty character, tough, straight-talking and now making mega-dollars in the corporate world, sitting on various management boards and giving […]

Scheer shuns Conservative Party’s first openly-gay MP

Dec 2 2019 — Mark Bonokoski — Perhaps it would be best to await former Harper cabinet minister John Baird’s external review of what went wrong in the Conservatives’ election campaign before the stoning of Andrew Scheer continues in earnest. But, jay-z-uz, is he ever going to stop his self-harming? Will a lightbulb ever go off in his head?

‘Bland’ Peter MacKay throws ‘zingers,’ then retreats

Nov 14 2019 — Mark Bonokoski — When former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay first strung the “stinking albatross” around the unsuspecting neck of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, it didn’t quite sound like Peter MacKay. MacKay has never been known to write humdingers, and especially not someone who’d compose the two back-to-back jabs that so unexpectedly jarred those who still believe Scheer’s […]

Scheer’s great climate plan unveil to get mid-week spotlight

Jun 15 2019 — Mark Bonokoski — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna must have invented a magical social media gizmo that allows her to be on Twitter, Facebook and an assortment of similar soap boxes seemingly every minute of every day. Downtime seems to be missing from her agenda. McKenna embarrasses even the go-go of the Energizer Bunny as she goes about the […]

Billionaires know best in Trudeau’s world

Oct 1 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who backtracked on electoral reform and parliamentary transparency, has finally got his back up over shutting down loopholes on small business owners. Despite the fury local MPs have received this summer, and harsh words from business owners decrying being labelled as “cheats,” the Liberals are steadfast in refusing to alter their […]

Mad Max Bernier, back from The Wasteland

Apr 2 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — Conservative leadership contender Maxime Bernier — reportedly neck-in-neck in popularity with Shark Tanker Kevin O’Leary — is a different kind of political animal. He is perhaps best described as a cat, with many of those mythical nine lives having already been tested. Once a veritable unknown from the Quebec riding of Beauce, all that came […]

The shattering glass house of Rona Ambrose, hypocriticizer

Feb 12 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — Not to get too religious, but someone of biblical proportions once said that only a person without sin should cast the first stone. That being the case, Rona Ambrose should never have figuratively picked one up, let alone hurl it at our PM when she was herself hiding out under the warmth of the Caribbean […]