National Newswatch

Jason Kenney and the politics of destiny

May 10 2019 — Randy Boswell — On the day he assumed office, freshly minted Alberta Premier Jason Kenney — widely expected to take a run for prime minister some day — tweeted a 42-year-old photograph of himself as a boy sitting on a couch beside a Canadian political icon. “When I was nine, former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker sat down and […]

Andrew Scheer’s party has a shaky record with Canada’s judiciary

Mar 12 2019 — Randy Boswell — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, on high horse, has proclaimed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has “lost the moral authority to govern” and allowed “his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law.” Scheer has further condemned the “frankly illegal pressure” faced by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin […]

Canadian government joins 11th-hour search for John A. Macdonald’s precise birthplace

Sep 27 2014 — Randy Boswell — Barely 100 days before planned celebrations to mark the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in Glasgow, Scotland, the Canadian government has joined in an 11th-hour search for the precise birthplace of the country’s founding prime minister. After a Postmedia News archival discovery earlier this month bolstered the possibility Macdonald was born in what […]

Historians close to pinpointing Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthplace

Sep 15 2014 — Randy Boswell — Just four months before the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth is to be marked by celebrations in Canada and Scotland, a Postmedia News discovery has shed fresh light on the longstanding mystery surrounding the precise Glasgow birthplace of this country’s first prime minister. The new evidence — an 1891 “memorial album” published by […]

Stephen Harper’s longevity as prime minister approaches legendary status

Sep 5 2014 — Randy Boswell — He has had the benefit of a weakened and divided opposition, its electoral force blunted by centre-left vote-splitting. His government, unlike those of most developed countries, has overseen a relatively stable national economy and ably weathered a global recession. But whether by political genius, dumb luck or a combination of the two, Stephen Harper has […]

In long-lost interview, Lennon dishes on meeting Trudeau

Sep 26 2013 — Randy Boswell — A reel-to-reel radio relic that preserves a long-lost Canadian interview with John Lennon, discovered recently in a former New York broadcaster’s attic and set to be auctioned Thursday in the U.S., vividly recalls the musician’s December 1969 peace mission in Canada that culminated with a private meeting between the pop superstar and then-prime minister Pierre […]

Anthem-singing stokes patriotism, Canadian survey finds

Jun 29 2013 — Randy Boswell — Whether mumbling half-remembered lyrics or giving it the full-throated rendition, a clear majority of Canadians responding to a cross-country survey say they feel a swelling of pride whenever they sing the national anthem — something many will have a chance to do this Canada Day weekend.