National Newswatch

Even a definitive victory won’t bring peace to Parliament Hill

Oct 11 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Everyone loves a winner, but as things now stand in the current federal election, the most fascinating stories will revolve around the political forces who are left out of government after the Oct. 21 vote. Minority parliaments make all the non-winners potentially important because anyone — sometimes just a single MP — can topple a […]

What would they say if our federal election leaders could debate their past selves, this moderator wonders

Oct 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — What would be the greatest political debate of all time? Or just this election? As part of the promotional efforts for Monday’s leaders debate, all five moderators were asked to answer some debate-themed questions — favourite moments from past faceoffs between Canadian leaders, for instance. One of the questions called upon us to pick any […]

Are there more people telling lies in this federal election?

Sep 18 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The current election is being fought under some of the toughest laws that Canada has ever seen against lying in politics. But it’s far from clear that the toughened-up laws are having a deterrent effect. Canada’s 43rd federal election campaign is just over a week old and the battleground is already littered with lies, accusations […]

Election 2019 is going to be all about our children

Sep 11 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It’s arrived. That future Canadian election is now about to unfold in present tense. For the next 40 days until voting day on Oct. 21, think of the children — not the childish sorts filling social media with partisan taunts, or even the real children we will want to shield from the nasty, personal politics […]

A weekend of election nastiness hints at what is to come

Sep 4 2019 — Susan Delacourt — An ugly confrontation over Islamophobia; the prime minister forced out of a parade by heckling protesters; a party leader denouncing an activist with autism as “mentally unstable” and calling for her to be “attacked.” All this happened in one weekend in Canada — and the election hasn’t yet started. Is it any wonder that many […]

Canada’s political parties are ranking you

Sep 1 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The school year is only just beginning and report cards are a long way off — unless you are a Canadian voter, currently being graded according to your likely political leaning as the election looms. Most Canadians assume that elections are an opportunity to assign pass-or-fail marks to the politicians. What voters may not know […]

Maybe Boris Johnson was inspired by Stephen Harper

Aug 28 2019 — Susan Delacourt — One of the most successful slogans in the history of modern political marketing was the one that Margaret Thatcher pitched to U.K. voters in 1979: “Labour Isn’t Working.” The ad man behind that slogan, Tim Bell, died this week — the same week that one of Thatcher’s successors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, decided that Parliament […]