National Newswatch

Warren Kinsella’s Green Party work is done, Elizabeth May says

Jul 30 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has wound down a controversial working relationship with former Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, saying, “He’s finished whatever work he was doing with us.” The limited-run arrangement, which seems to have involved Kinsella setting up a quick-response unit for the Greens, had drawn huge criticism inside and outside Green Party ranks. […]

Another Trudeau faces another conservative surge

Jul 26 2019 — Susan Delacourt — With Boris Johnson’s elevation to the U.K. prime minister’s job this week, Canada’s two closest allies, Britain and the United States, are now led by politicians who are looking to change the face of conservatism worldwide. So how long can Canada stand apart from the forces that have put renegade conservatives Donald Trump and Johnson […]

In politics, old friendships can cost you dearly

Jul 24 2019 — Susan Delacourt — If Andrew Scheer is serious about becoming prime minister this fall, he might want to spend the summer ditching his friends. It’s been a theme of this year in politics, for Liberal and Conservative leaders. Justin Trudeau has been attacked this week for failing to permanently jettison his longtime friend and adviser Gerald Butts. Ontario […]

Trudeau prepares to fight for the middle ground

Jul 12 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Voters should not be surprised to find Liberals landing on their doorsteps this weekend, toting a deadline and a cheque. The deadline is theirs — this weekend marks the beginning of the 100-day countdown to the October election. The cheque, or at least the promise of one, goes to Canadian parents — Liberals are heading […]

Canada helping to support journalism rights around the world

Jul 11 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Canada is helping to set up a rapid-response team of international diplomats to step in when media freedom is urgently trampled, such as in last year’s murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The measure is one of several steps coming out of this week’s big Canada-U.K. conference on press freedom, co-chaired in London by Global […]

Stephen Harper a good choice to negotiate a Brexit deal

Jul 2 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Stephen Harper, true to form, ducked out of the spotlight quickly last weekend, less than two hours after his name hit the international headlines. The former prime minister was named as a possible Brexit negotiator should Jeremy Hunt win the U.K. Conservative leadership race this month. Hunt’s team told The Sunday Times that Harper, along […]

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 […]