National Newswatch

Dual loyalties trope has no place in our politics

Jun 14 2022 — Patrick Brown — There is an issue with how some treat the participation of minority groups in Canada’s democratic process. It definitely feels as if suspicion is the default position of some in the media and politics. This is wrong. The problematic tropes of “dual loyalties” or “ulterior motives” are two that regularly and unfairly follow members of […]

My sex-ed letter was a mistake: Patrick Brown

Aug 29 2016 — Patrick Brown — They say in politics you should never admit that you’ve made a mistake. They say you should never repeat a negative accusation. I don’t agree. I believe it’s important to admit mistakes when they happen. It was a mistake for a letter to go out to Scarborough-Rouge River voters saying that I would “scrap” the […]

Echoes of Tiananmen in Hong Kong’s ‘most civil’ disobedience

Oct 1 2014 — Patrick Brown — Proclaiming the foundation of the Peoples’ Republic of China from Beijing’s Tiananmen Gate in 1949, Mao Zedong said “The Chinese people have stood up.” Today in Hong Kong, 65 years later, people in their tens of thousands have stood up, too, ignoring Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s order to “Stop this protest immediately.” These Chinese people […]

FIPA agreement with China: What’s really in it for Canada?

Sep 19 2014 — Patrick Brown — The secrecy shrouding the much-delayed FIPPA foreign-investment agreement with China makes it hard for experts, let alone average Canadians, to figure out what benefits this country will see from the deal. While reporting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the first time, during his visit to China in early 2012, I wrote a column with […]

Jang Song Thaek execution tests North Korea’s Kim, China’s patience

Dec 17 2013 — Patrick Brown — Already in a class of its own for the grotesque and inscrutable hyperbole of its bulletins, the (North) Korea Central News Agency outdid itself recently with the announcement of the execution of dictator Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek. The 2,700-word document, which described Jang as “a despicable political careerist and trickster,” “worse than a […]