National Newswatch

Brains are the best defence against fake election news

Jun 25 2019 — Susan Delacourt — First, the bad news: the big social media companies are not going to be able to keep stupid stuff and fake facts out of the fall election. The good news, however, is that voters already have a mechanism to sort between real and ridiculous reports in the heat of the campaign. It’s called the brain, […]

Who says no one can change their minds on pipelines?

Jun 19 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Joyce Murray and Jody Wilson-Raybould have now completely traded places in Justin Trudeau’s government. When this year began, one of these Vancouver MPs was in cabinet; one was not. One was on board with the government’s support for the Trans Mountain pipeline; the other, well, not so much. It says an awful lot about politics […]

Justin Trudeau is thinking big with national pharmacare

Jun 12 2019 — Susan Delacourt — If you liked Justin Trudeau’s promises to make pot legal in the 2015 election, wait until you see the free-drugs pledge in the 2019 campaign. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s former health minister, has handed Trudeau and his Liberal team an unexpected flourish of ambition to insert into this fall’s election platform — a national, universal pharmacare […]

Can climate change be the enemy that unites us?

Jun 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Bill Nye, The Science Guy, as he’s known from his popular children’s TV show in the 1990s, has gone right over the top in his warnings about climate change over the past month. First it was a little video segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which Nye explained the urgency of climate […]

Trudeau doubles down on feminist credentials

Jun 4 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau has done a lot this past week to demonstrate his commitment to feminism. He turned abortion into a full-fledged Canada-U.S. issue when he met with Vice-President Mike Pence last Thursday. On Monday, the prime minister divided his day between two huge events devoted to women: the delivery of the final report on missing […]

In our government’s furor over Facebook’s impact on democracy, there are a lot of pots calling kettles black

May 29 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Losing friends on Facebook can be a perplexing experience: what prompts a person to press the “unfollow” button? Seeing Facebook losing friends among Canadian politicians these days is equally baffling, especially in light of how passionately the politicos in this country have embraced this large-scale collector of support and voter data. There’s a lot of […]

Did Justin Trudeau win a trade war, or a friend?

May 17 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau and Conrad Black don’t have much in common, but both of them have had a pretty good week with President Donald Trump. While Black got a presidential pardon, Trudeau won what he and his government were boasting was a “full lift” of steel and aluminum tariffs. On both counts, the good news came […]

Ontario’s attack ads slide past federal rules

May 15 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Doug Ford’s new wave of TV and radio ads attacking the federal carbon pricing scheme are exposing a hole in the laws covering political advertising in this country — a hole the size of a large, gas-guzzling vehicle. Provincial governments are not factored in as players in any rules governing spending on political ads at […]

It’s a little rich for MPs to criticize the affluent

May 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It takes a certain amount of nerve to rail against elites and privilege when your minimum salary hovers around $180,000 a year. Yet this is now the daily spectacle in Canada’s House of Commons, with MPs on all sides shaking their fists against millionaires, large corporations and pretty much anything that takes a few more […]