National Newswatch

Conservative leadership is no longer the prize it once was

Jan 25 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Who would have thought that Harry and Meghan would prove to be inspirational to the Conservative leadership race in Canada? On the very heels of the royal couple’s exit, three prominent Conservatives have also chosen the path less public, standing down from a chance to lead the party, with all the fame, duty and title […]

Attention, new MPs: Don’t be robots

Jan 22 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Canada’s top public servant has some words of advice to the rookie politicians first elected last fall, which they could print out and frame in their sparkling new Parliament Hill offices. “You are more than a mechanism to make Ottawa work,” Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart warned at an orientation session for new MPs on […]

Conservative leadership race shows old rivalries die hard

Jan 16 2020 — Susan Delacourt — John Crosbie would have no doubt enjoyed how his funeral this week became a high-profile backdrop to the emerging Conservative leadership contest. Many of the main players were on hand in St. John’s on Thursday to pay tribute to Crosbie: the now-declared candidate Peter MacKay made sure to be there, as well as probable contenders […]

Trudeau’s fury couched in language of diplomacy

Jan 12 2020 — Susan Delacourt — One does wonder how Donald Trump would be reacting if dozens of Americans were accidentally shot out of the sky this week in Iran. Actually, no one needs to wonder. Less than a week ago, Trump was warning Iran that it would pay dearly if any missiles killed Americans as part of the escalating tension […]

Here’s what the Conservatives should do to regain power

Jan 7 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Reinvention or re-creation? With would-be leaders lining up to plunge into the Conservative leadership race, that is the basic, existential question facing the candidates — and the party as a whole. There’s been lots of talk about how the Conservatives need a leader who will recreate the old governing coalitions of Brian Mulroney or Stephen […]

Is Trudeau finally finished with selfies?

Dec 22 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Selfies: friend or foe of democracy? Though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau likely has much in common with the candidates vying to lead the U.S. Democratic Party, a divergence of thought emerged this week on the subject of selfies: those ubiquitous self-taken photos that clutter social-media feeds.

History shows Scheer’s stepping down could transform the political landscape for decades to come

Dec 12 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Andrew Scheer announced his departure as Conservative leader on the eve of a significant political anniversary in Canada. Forty years ago, on Dec. 13, 1979, the Conservative minority government of Joe Clark fell, setting in motion a chain of events that would transform the two big political parties in Canada for decades to come. Scheer’s […]

Throne speech shows a government looking closer to home

Dec 5 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The education of Justin Trudeau as prime minister is a tale that can now be told in two speeches from the throne — one in 2015, one in 2019. Other prime ministers have used the pomp and ceremony of throne speeches more frequently in their mandates for resets of their governments, halfway through their terms […]