National Newswatch

Who’s playing identity politics? Everyone

Aug 17 2018 — Margaret Wente — Maxime Bernier’s controversial tweets are stirring up a storm. Just a few days before the Conservative Party policy convention begins next week, he wants everyone to pay attention to him. He’s trying to remind people that they should have made him leader of the party, instead of that nebbish, Andrew Scheer. In Mr. Bernier’s view, […]

Canada is right to stand up for Samar Badawi

Aug 8 2018 — Margaret Wente — Samar Badawi, 37, is an extraordinary woman with the courage of a lion. She fights for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most repressive regime in the world. She took her own father to court for refusing to allow her to marry the man she chose. He took her to court for disobedience – […]

The conservative case for a guaranteed income

Aug 3 2018 — Margaret Wente — Nothing could be less surprising than the Ford government’s decision to scrap Ontario’s universal basic-income pilot project. As liberals and anti-poverty groups reel in horror, Doug Ford supporters are cheering lustily. They think it’s ridiculous to pay people money with no strings attached, so that they can sit around drinking beer on the taxpayers’ dime. […]

Doug Ford is right about Toronto

Jul 30 2018 — Margaret Wente — I am sorry to report that last week barbarians sacked my city. Democracy as we know it lies in ruins. It says so in all the papers and on the CBC. The chief of the barbarians is Doug Ford, Ontario’s new Premier. Last week he decided – without consultation! – to cut the number of […]

Mr. Trudeau’s ‘negative interaction’

Jul 3 2018 — Margaret Wente — Selective amnesia can be handy. When confronted with some awkward incident, you can always claim you don’t remember. Memory loss enables you to cast doubt on whether the incident happened at all, without having to actually lie about it. It allows you to evade responsibility for circumstances you really do not want to explain. But […]

Gun fight at the O.K. Trade Corral

Jun 29 2018 — Margaret Wente — Payback time starts on Canada Day. That’s the day we get our own back on Donald Trump. That’s when we impose retaliatory tariffs on a raft of American imports – everything from steel to gherkins and Kentucky bourbon. That is our response to the ridiculous and punitive tariffs that President Trump has slapped on our […]

The dazzling deceit of big marijuana

Jun 22 2018 — Margaret Wente — Alex MacDonald is a grizzled old pothead. He has a cough from 50 years of smoking dope. He used to be a dealer, too, though he hasn’t done that for years. Today he remains a faithful consumer and a close student of the industry. He thinks a lot of the hype around legalization is ridiculous.

Donald Trump has finally made us mad. Really mad

Jun 12 2018 — Margaret Wente — We Canadians are a peaceable lot. But Donald Trump has finally made us mad. He came to Canada for the weekend, arrived late, left early … and slagged us on the way out the door. He called our Prime Minister “very dishonest and weak” and said he “acts hurt when called out.”That is not the […]

The barbarian has stormed Ontario’s gates

Jun 8 2018 — Margaret Wente — My Annex friends in Toronto are quaking in their Birkenstocks. Somehow they survived a Ford as mayor. But how will they survive a Ford as premier? Their objections to Doug Ford are, to some extent, class-based. They are secretly convinced that many of the millions of people who voted for him are ignoramuses. Or, as […]

Is David Suzuki a science denier?

May 1 2018 — Margaret Wente — Folks in the oil patch are mad as hornets over the University of Alberta’s decision to give an honorary degree to David Suzuki in June. Big donors are threatening to cancel cheques and pull the plug on future contributions. A petition calling for the university to change its mind has garnered 14,000 signatures. Even the […]

Justin Trudeau’s Trans Mountain crisis

Apr 9 2018 — Margaret Wente — You could have seen it coming. It was just a matter of time. Kinder Morgan is fed up. If it doesn’t get some guarantee that its Trans Mountain pipeline extension can actually be built, it will take its billions and go home. Not everyone regards this as bad news. Environmentalists are rejoicing. “A huge win […]

Time to #deletefacebook

Mar 22 2018 — Margaret Wente — The biggest social media outfit on the planet is in desperate grovelling mode. Legislators and regulators around the world are demanding answers. Facebook users are peevish and distressed. Mark Zuckerberg is trying to look contrite, but it isn’t going very well. On Wednesday, his company put out a statement that began: “Protecting people’s information is […]

The strange loyalties of Jagmeet Singh

Mar 15 2018 — Margaret Wente — When Jagmeet Singh took over as leader of the NDP, he seemed like just the tonic the party needed – young, hip, multicultural, completely Canadian but with a dashing touch. Those turbans! That beard! He was just the kind of figure to make progressive folks feel good about themselves, their party and their prospects. GQ, […]