National Newswatch

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.

Can ‘ordinary voters’ be sold on climate change?

Oct 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt — In his new book, Stephen Harper warns that standing up for the environment makes for bad politics, especially in a populist age when parties are looking for the votes of “ordinary” people. “Political parties, including mine, have won elections just by opposing a carbon tax,” the former prime minister writes in the newly released “Right […]

Pass the peas, keep the peace: How to keep politics from ruining Thanksgiving

Oct 5 2018 — Susan Delacourt — All across Canada, people have been bracing themselves for this weekend’s awkward Thanksgiving dinner conversations. Holidays aren’t politics-free zones in Canada — some election victories in recent history may have hinged on them. The Christmas-New Year’s break in the 2005-06 is believed to have been a turning point in favour of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, while […]

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s cancer is in remission

Oct 4 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, hit with a leukemia diagnosis late last year, has now received the two words that all cancer patients want to hear: “complete remission.” It took six treatments of chemo-immunotherapy — administered intravenously over two days every month at a Moncton hospital, but LeBlanc recently got the good news that the […]

All eyes on New Brunswick’s tiny kingmakers

Sep 25 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The most interesting election result in Canada this year is unfolding in a province too often mocked as the least interesting one in the federation: New Brunswick. Now embroiled in a fascinating tug of war between Liberals and Conservatives — over nothing less than who will end up as premier — the province’s political drama […]

Ottawa worried Ford’s Washington visit could impact NAFTA talks

Sep 18 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Ontario Premier Doug Ford reportedly let Ottawa know late last week that he was headed to Washington on Wednesday to pay a call on the Canada-U.S. trade talks. Ford also assured reporters on Tuesday that he continues to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in the negotiations over NAFTA’s fate.

Is Trudeau keeping pace with the change that is sweeping politics?

Sep 17 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once may have hoped to be a disruptive force in Canadian politics, but it’s hard not to notice that it’s his agenda that keeps getting disrupted. The newest disruption is the surprise floor-crossing by one of Trudeau’s own caucus members — Leona Alleslev, who announced on Monday she would in future […]