National Newswatch

Are MPs the weak link when it comes to safeguarding Canada?

Dec 4 2018 — Susan Delacourt — All fingers are pointing at the RCMP for the security lapse in Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India this year. But it’s the “MP” part of the report’s findings that also deserves some closer scrutiny — specifically, whether individual members of Parliament are increasingly the weak links in Canada’s national-security chain.

Bad times at Queen’s Park look much better from Ottawa

Nov 21 2018 — Susan Delacourt — A tale of two economic statements has been told to the citizens of Ontario in the past week. And while neither statement was written by Charles Dickens, they tell the story of the best of times or the worst of times, depending on which one you read. Last week, Doug Ford’s new government in Ontario […]

What is it that keeps Canadians up at night?

Nov 15 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Canadians are worried about a lot of things these days, according to a new survey, but they’re not the things dominating the current political debate. The results of this new Public Square Research poll, made available exclusively to the Star, are a wake-up call to those plotting next year’s federal election campaign. There appears to […]

With his sexting adventures, Clement has got himself into three kinds of trouble

Nov 7 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Political trouble often arrives in threes. It’s rare, though, for one politician to get in three kinds of trouble all at the same time. Tony Clement, the now-former Conservative, the long-time MP from Parry Sound-Muskoka, has somehow pulled it off. With the revelation this week of Clement’s confessed, sexting adventures with a would-be extortionist, this […]

Justin Trudeau treads carefully on U.S. election day

Nov 6 2018 — Susan Delacourt — While Americans were rendering their verdict on Donald Trump’s politics on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau was on CNN, talking about the “elephant and moose” relationship between Canada and the United States. Canada is still “massively outweighed” in that metaphor, Trudeau told CNN interviewer Poppy Harlow, but “will stand securely in our own strength and our own […]

Politicians are dragging their feet on privacy rules

Oct 31 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The prospect of Statistics Canada collecting Canadians’ personal financial data is the latest cause of burning outrage in the daily political drama in Ottawa — with some justification, it should be said. Privacy is a hot-button issue in a digital age. But another large data collection exercise, which has been taking place for years in […]

What happened to Trudeau’s plan to fight income inequality?

Oct 24 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s turning into a season of setbacks in the great Canadian fight against income inequality. Just kidding. There actually is no great Canadian fight against income inequality, as recent developments are illustrating. Premier Doug Ford didn’t come to office with any promises to narrow the gap between rich and poor in Ontario, and that’s probably […]

Is it a politician’s right to block people on Twitter?

Oct 18 2018 — Susan Delacourt — There is something undeniably satisfying about blocking a troublesome person on Twitter. One click, and the noise is over. But that simple act, if carried out by a government official, could end up being unconstitutional in Canada if a newly launched court challenge is successful against Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.