National Newswatch

She’s a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. How can she be so oblivious?

Jul 16 2023 — Martin Regg Cohn — The plight of the “Two Michaels” might seem a distant memory for most Canadians. Yet barely two years after China released these two high-profile hostages from prison, Canadians have reason to fear a repetition of Beijing’s strong-arm tactics — through the heavy hand of Hong Kong. Where once Canadian citizens on the mainland were considered […]

David Johnston isn’t the only casualty of opposition attacks

Jun 1 2023 — Martin Regg Cohn — We are warned daily that Canada is a nest of spies, a den of Chinese espionage undermining our democracy. But who is the enemy, exactly? And who is the casualty, precisely? First, we were cautioned that certain Chinese-Canadian politicians were the villains ― with supposed spies or collaborators named and shamed in the media. Later, […]

In a democracy, we shouldn’t topple unpopular statues

Sep 2 2020 — Martin Regg Cohn — The tug of war over public statues keeps exposing our blind spots — not just our blinkered view of history, but of democracy in all its complexity. Sir John A. Macdonald is merely the latest historical figure to be pulled down and covered up, his head lopped off or layered with painted graffiti. Protestors in […]

PC bait and switch on climate change punishes Ontario taxpayers to pay off polluters

Dec 1 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — Within days of their June electoral triumph, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives proudly declared cap and trade dead. As per their campaign platform. Promise made, promise kept. Not to worry, the governing Tories quickly pledged: We will find a better way one day. That day was Thursday, when the PCs unveiled their long-awaited climate change proposals to […]

Doug Ford will give us the carbon tax we never had

Jun 16 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — The carbon tax is dead. Promise kept. Just one problem — Ontario has never had a carbon tax. Now, thanks to Doug Ford, we may be about to get one. When a beaming Ford boasted to reporters Friday that “the carbon tax’s days are numbered” in Ontario — counting the days to his swearing-in as […]

The referendum on Andrea Horwath’s NDP is just beginning

May 22 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — At the midpoint of the election campaign, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is in uncharted territory. Has she gone from third to second? And thence from second to first? No one knows. Never mind that pundits and pollsters don’t really know what’s on the minds of most voters. Bear in mind that many voters may not […]

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