National Newswatch

By sanctioning Michael Chong, China may have made a mistake

Apr 1 2021 — Michael Smyth — Michael Chong has been an outspoken critic of the government of China for many years, absorbing a steady stream of counterattacks from the Chinese regime and its supporters in response. As an opposition MP, he doesn’t make Canadian foreign policy, but he does have a platform to pressure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Canada’s position […]

Yes, Prime Minister Trudeau, COVID-19 does suck. Canadians know all too well

Oct 29 2020 — Michael Smyth — High-profile politicians have a way of triggering detractors — and admirers as well — into over-the-top reactions to their public statements and stands. That’s especially true in today’s hyper-partisan social media environment, where anything a politician says or does unleashes an avalanche of reaction. And so it was with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s passionate “COVID-19 […]

In B.C., John Horgan’s risky election call is being put to the test

Oct 6 2020 — Michael Smyth — The third week of British Columbia’s unnecessary election campaign has begun and John Horgan is still taking heat for calling it in the first place. Horgan, Canada’s only NDP premier, had a governing agreement with the third-place Green Party that vaulted him into power in B.C.’s minority parliament in 2017. The deal with the Greens […]

Prime Minister Trudeau plays his hand in game of election poker

Sep 17 2020 — Michael Smyth — Justin Trudeau says he doesn’t want a federal election this fall, but he is daring his opponents to force one with next week’s critical throne speech. The Sept. 23 outline of the Trudeau government’s agenda will not be your typically boring “throne drone.” Instead, Trudeau has signalled the speech will map a bold, once-in-a-generation plan […]

In B.C., John Horgan could be next to roll the election dice

Sep 15 2020 — Michael Smyth — It was 30 years ago this month that Ontario residents witnessed an amazing political reversal of fortune. David Peterson, then the Liberal premier, was enjoying a wave of popularity in the summer of 1990 when he decided to roll the dice on an early election call. Just three years into a majority government mandate, Peterson […]

Trudeau’s weak case for WE looks weaker under scrutiny

Aug 4 2020 — Michael Smyth — According to Justin Trudeau, the reason his government handed a sole-source contract to WE Charity to run a $912-million student-grant program is a pretty simple one. WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of doing the job, the prime minister has said repeatedly. “We needed to have a partner to help establish the […]

Justin Trudeau is WE-deep in trouble

Jul 23 2020 — Michael Smyth — Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are clearly unfamiliar with the old political Band-Aid metaphor when it comes to managing a nasty scandal. Any experienced spin doctor will tell you it’s always best to rip the Band-Aid off quickly and reveal the entire festering ugliness of a political wound all at once.

As the blockaders get bolder, pressure rises on Horgan and Trudeau

Feb 16 2020 — Michael Smyth — Political nerves are getting frayed as the anti-pipeline blockades continue. With budget day — and more protests — looming, what can Horgan and Trudeau do? As anti-pipeline blockaders ramp up their activities, pressure is growing on Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do something about the mayhem. So far, both levels of […]