National Newswatch

New envoys to Canada break another glass ceiling

Oct 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Firsts for women happen less often in Canada’s capital these days — and that’s probably good news. Julie Payette is the new Governor General, but she’s the fourth woman to occupy that post in this country’s 150-year history. Women have served at the top of the Supreme Court of Canada and even, briefly, in the […]

Liberals are knifing Liberals in public. Ah, nostalgia.

Oct 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau has never been very fond of the “old” Liberal party — “old” generally being defined as people who were Liberals before Trudeau became leader. Is he paying a price now for that bias against the party’s history? Trudeau, who spent his childhood at 24 Sussex Dr., is probably one of the few people […]

As Sears goes dark, middle-class votes may be elusive

Oct 13 2017 — Susan Delacourt — “Retail politics” doesn’t sound all that smart or easy these days in Canada. It’s been a bruising week for the retail business, with the imminent collapse of the Sears department store empire and accompanying job losses all over Canada. There was also the news that the Canada Revenue Agency had some plan to treat employee […]

Please pass the politics: The collapse of the Liberals’ comms game

Oct 10 2017 — Susan Delacourt — In what’s becoming an annual holiday tradition, Liberals all over the country were called to the Thanksgiving feast this past weekend armed with talking points. Yes, I said ‘talking points’. Called ‘Turkey Talk Tools’, they were emailed to any Liberal who needed snappy answers ready for when grumpy uncles or sarcastic cousins started piping up […]

Why Justin Trudeau prefers Ivanka to Donald Trump

Oct 6 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau is off to Washington next week for what might well be called adventures with the rich and powerful. Or, as his critics might say, another day at the office for this prime minister. Wisecracks aside, Trudeau really is paying a call on Tuesday at a Fortune magazine gathering billed as the summit of […]

Obama, Clinton and the war for reality

Oct 2 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton didn’t always agree during their political careers, but they’re sounding very similar warnings these days about the descent of democracy. Both former residents of the White House were in Toronto late last week, doing what former presidents (or would-be presidents) do when they leave elected politics: speaking to large crowds […]

Trudeau Liberals set their advertising sights abroad

Sep 29 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Donald Trump may be fond of social media, but so is Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, pouring more than $13 million into sponsored posts on Facebook, Twitter and other digital platforms since it came to power. While that’s an impressive amount of money — far more than the government spends on newspapers and magazines, for instance […]

Morneau boxed himself in on taxes. May showed him the way out.

Sep 27 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Arnold Chan’s final speech in the Commons has been quoted a lot since the Liberal MP’s tragic death nearly two weeks ago — as a clarion call for better political behaviour in Ottawa. But was it also a clue to how the Liberal government is trying to escape the ongoing furor over its tax-reform proposal? […]

Suddenly, Justin Trudeau is spoiling for a fight

Sep 19 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Here’s the proof that the Canadian political scene has turned totally upside-down in just two years: The Conservatives are holding parties for the media, while Justin ‘Sunny Ways’ Trudeau is getting testy with reporters. Today was the second day of the new fall session of Parliament. New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s people spent part of […]

Why MacEachen was a great Liberal, but a better NDPer

Sep 15 2017 — Susan Delacourt — It’s unlikely that there will be a moment of silence at this weekend’s NDP gathering in Hamilton to mark the passing of the legendary Liberal cabinet minister Allan J. MacEachen. But perhaps there should be. MacEachen, arguably more than any other politician in the 20th century, put a socially progressive stamp on Canada — from […]

Is Morneau’s tax revolt turning into Trudeau’s GST moment?

Sep 12 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Hard as it is to believe now, Bill Morneau’s controversial tax reform proposals were designed originally to prevent a populist revolt. So how did the finance minister manage to arrive at exactly the opposite outcome? Let’s cast our minds back to the end of March this year, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled its […]

Maybe we should teach politicians to share

Sep 1 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Is it just a coincidence that two of our national institutions — the CBC and federal cabinet — have become big fans of job-sharing? The CBC announced this summer that the next anchor of The Nationalwould be four people: Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang. Then this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]