National Newswatch

The tensions looming between Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden are a welcome return to normal

May 18 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Joe Biden is rumoured to have made his pick for the next U.S. ambassador to Canada — David Cohen, a senior executive with the Comcast telecommunications firm and a big Pennsylvania-based fundraiser for the president. Canada hasn’t been notified as of this week about the choice, either formally or informally, sources in Justin Trudeau’s government […]

Do you have friends? Maybe politics isn’t for you

May 14 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Everything anyone needs to know about friends and politics was captured before the cameras on Thursday when Premier Doug Ford explained how he had to let down his “buddies” who want to golf during the now-extended lockdown. “I talk to my buddies. I know what happens,” Ford said. “They pick up another buddy, two or […]

Trudeau government throws travel ban back into Ford’s lap as Ottawa-Ontario pandemic split widens

May 8 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau’s government has fired off a letter to Ontario this weekend, asking Doug Ford and his cabinet to identify which international travellers they want banned from entering the province. The letter from Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, shared with the Star, is a reply to Ford’s escalating bid to pin the blame on Trudeau […]

COVID-19 has turned Ontario into Canada’s have-not province

Apr 26 2021 — Susan Delacourt — The pandemic has officially turned the rules of Canada’s federation upside-down — Ontario is now a have-not province in COVID-19’s brutal third wave. Not long after mighty Newfoundland and Labrador sent in a team of reinforcements to Ontario’s sagging health-care system on Monday, the province revealed it had formally asked the federal government to call […]

Erin O’Toole’s green plan: More shopping, less government

Apr 18 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole loves the colour blue. He is so fond of it that even his new green plan is true blue. That’s not just an observation on the colourful layout of the 15-page document that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are dismissing as a mere pamphlet, not a plan. O’Toole’s new climate change policy really […]

Come back, Donald Trump — Canada’s self-esteem needs you

Apr 15 2021 — Susan Delacourt — Well, it was fun while it lasted. For four years, with Donald Trump in office, Canada basked in the comparison — peace, order and not-so-chaotic government here, relatively speaking. But now, with Trump not even 100 days out of office, American superiority to Canada is rearing its head again and Canada, alas, has lost its […]