National Newswatch

The unintended consequences surrounding Sen. Don Meredith

Jan 29 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — The Senate, known as the chamber of sober second thought as well as other less than kind descriptors, is also as slow as a snail when dealing with matters of probity. Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard, for example, has been investigating Toronto-area Senator Don Meredith since February of 2015 when high staff turnover in his […]

In 2017, let Trudeau’s honeymoon finally be over

Jan 1 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — If there is a wish among many ordinary Canadians, hard-pressed to make ends meet, it’s surely that 2017 finally brings to an end Justin Trudeau’s political honeymoon. A wasted 2016 now lies one day behind us. Taxpayers, the life blood of the Trudeau government’s free-spending recklessness, will know soon enough if the Liberals finally focus […]

To Trudeau, the Peking Duck should have smelled fishy

Nov 24 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck but is cooked up by Beijing’s state-run regime, it’s a Peking Duck that smells fishy. Yet the Trudeau Liberals ate it up. While Canadians will never know exactly what was on the menu when Justin Trudeau sat down in Toronto to privately dine in May […]

Is the left really Donald Trumping Kellie Leitch?

Nov 16 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — On the first weekend after Donald Trump’s unexpected election, there was an attempted break-and-enter at the home of a federal Conservative leadership candidate perceived as the most right-wing. Surely it was merely coincidence. Or was it? It is Kellie Leitch, after all, who has been accused by progressives, and others contending for the party’s leadership, […]

The dying constituency of Brad Trost, Tory relic

Oct 9 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — If undeclared Conservative leadership candidate Brad Trost wants a glimpse of his constituency of social conservatives, all he has to do is peruse the obituary pages to see that it is dwindling. The blue-rinse set is not exactly a growing demographic, as death notices will attest. And nor is the Bible Belt gaining any girth […]

Harper’s gone, hip-hip hooray … but now what?

Sep 4 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — Among the more important news stories of recent days, such as Kylie Jenner denying breast implants and Donald Trump denying being a racist, Stephen Harper quietly resigned as an MP and bid adieu. Those who say good riddance to the man who was Canada’s 22nd prime minister for a decade, and first leader of the […]

Sen. Mike Duffy and his middle finger salute

Aug 14 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — In a world where celebrity makes one a target, the prime motivator often being jealously, former television news star Mike Duffy had a bull’s eye on his back the size of a Mack truck bearing down the highway with a Stompin’ Tom load of P.E.I. potatoes. The national media, all aware of Duffy’s vaulting ambition […]

Time for Canada to expect the unexpected

Aug 12 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — The thwarting of a jihadist-inspired terrorism plot in the small Ontario town Strathroy is a red-flag alert for Canadians to drop their naivete and start expecting the unexpected. This is the future. The ability of ISIS to use the borderless reach of social media to lure and contaminate the minds of the young and the […]

Where’s the bark from Canada’s unmuzzled scientists?

Aug 7 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — Here we are, whiling away the dog days of summer, and waiting anxiously for Canada’s once-muzzled federal scientists to realize their gags have been removed. Surely they must have noticed this by now. After all, it was just two weeks after last year’s Liberal victory over the censoring Harperites that newly-minted Minister of Innovation, Science […]

Imagine if Stephen Harper had stuffed the Senate

Jun 19 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — If that “bad man” Stephen Harper had stuffed the Senate with partisan bagmen when he had the right and the opportunity, the Liberals’ assisted-dying legislation would today be already off life support. But, instead of having its plug pulled, Bill C-14 is still breathing, even if a victim of political ping pong. Judging from the […]

Trudeau screwing down message and intentions

Jun 4 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — When the late Jim Flaherty was the Harper government’s finance minister, and ticked off at the prime minister for occasionally muting his message, he used to curse “the kids in short pants” in the Prime Minister’s Office for being control freaks. It’s an old line. Former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, seen lately at the […]

Thanks, Mike, the cheque’s in the mail!

May 29 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — If there were any justice in the entitled world of the Senate, retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, and Tory Senator Pamela Wallin, would be cutting cheques to Mike Duffy to put towards his legal fees. They owe him more than just a cheap bottle of plonk for being short-strawed and therefore the first and only […]

Sophie could learn from the Greatest Generation

May 19 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — When my mother was approaching her final days, the fact she was a war veteran allowed her to be moved straightaway into a long-term care facility. It was an unexpected entitlement that, if not for her local MP asking the question, would not have crossed our minds. It took our family days to come up […]

It’s OK now, Stockwell Day, all’s forgiven

May 15 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — Maybe Justin Trudeau is starting to get it, although it could be a case of premature evaluation. There was a certain wisdom, for sure, in staying away from Alberta when wildfires were their fiercest, gobbling up parts of Fort McMurray and forcing the city’s evacuation. “I think we are all aware that a prime minister […]

Justin Trudeau now a Kardashian-like spinoff

Apr 28 2016 — Mark Bonokoski — To get to the prime minister’s office in the Langevin Block, you enter the front door off Wellington Street, pass through security, climb the stairs to the second floor, and walk to the west end of the building. It’s the last office. The edifice itself was named after Hector-Louis Langevin, one of the Fathers of […]