National Newswatch

Why Scheer’s defenders are pointing to the 2004 election now – and why the argument doesn’t hold up

Dec 3 2019 — Rosemary Barton — In Conservative circles these days, people are searching for lessons about the party’s future through an close examination of its past. Which makes sense. Circumstances change, but there’s always something to be learned from the last time things went badly. Under heavy pressure within the party to rationalize the failure to make Justin Trudeau a […]

Ottawa and the West — it’s déjà vu all over again

Nov 7 2019 — Rosemary Barton — Just months after a closely fought federal election, the threat of western alienation was again on the minds of Canadians. The Liberals had managed to hold on to power while being reduced to just a handful of seats in the West. In the media, pundits were talking about an entire region’s deep feelings of frustration, […]

The war within: Wilson-Raybould’s last days as a Liberal minister

Aug 12 2019 — Rosemary Barton — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knew his relationship with former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was problematic long before his government was crippled by her allegations against him during the SNC-Lavalin affair. “A number of times over the first years of my government,” Trudeau mused weeks after the dust kicked up by the controversy […]

It’s no bromance, but Trudeau has found a way to charm Trump

Nov 8 2017 — Rosemary Barton — One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted with an unexpected challenge: A U.S. president more familiar to Canadians as a reality-TV star than for his public policy. A president so vastly different in his approach to politics that it was perhaps impossible to overcome. And so began a long courtship that now seems […]

A hostage’s death in the Philippines tests a new government

Apr 27 2016 — Rosemary Barton — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion probably didn’t get much sleep Sunday night, knowing a deadline was looming many time zones away. Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were among four people kidnapped from a tourist resort by Abu Sayyaf militants in September. The file would have been on the […]

Liberals announce $2.65B to help developing countries fight climate change

Nov 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton — Canada today promised $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change. The funding was announced on Friday in Malta, where Commonwealth leaders are meeting. “The needs are there, the projects are there,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion at a news conference in Malta. “We will not have a […]