National Newswatch

Conditions are almost perfect for a snap election

Aug 14 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Maxime Bernier probably wasn’t trying to make life easier for Justin Trudeau when he put his fellow Conservatives on the hot seat by speaking out against the prime minister’s alleged “radical multiculturalism.” And NDP leader Jagmeet Singh likely wasn’t thinking too much about boosting Liberal fortunes when he decided to shoot back at some insults […]

Could the NDP dump Jagmeet if he loses?

Aug 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s official. Jagmeet Singh now has the worst political leader’s job in Canada. Granted, there may be other leaders struggling to keep their parties relevant, solvent and in contention for the next election. But none of them have to wrestle with those challenges while also on a high-wire bid to get a seat in Parliament.

Suds over drugs: Ford Nation shows its priorities

Aug 7 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Goodbye free meds; hello $1 beer. This is truly a strange time to be living in Ontario. One month after Doug Ford’s new government scaled back the OHIP+ plan — the one that gave free prescriptions to Ontarians under the age of 25 — the premier was out on Tuesday paving the way for discounted […]

Get ready Canada, we’re about to have another epic battle over guns

Jul 24 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Gun control has never been one of Justin Trudeau’s favourite issues. But prime ministers don’t get to pick their controversies and like it or not, Toronto’s gun problem is fast becoming Trudeau’s gun problem. Well, to be precise, gun control at this very moment is Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s problem, the only minister who […]

Donald Trump and the dark art of ‘twiplomacy’

Jul 13 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The world’s most influential and innovative person on Twitter is a senior citizen who just turned 72 last month — President Donald Trump, known by his Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump. So much for the idea that young people will change the future of democracy with social media. Trump’s overwhelming dominance of Twitter was documented in a […]

Whatever happened to Trudeau’s BFF, Ivanka?

Jul 3 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s pretty clear that the friendship is over between Canada and Donald Trump; that no one is going to be calling Justin Trudeau the “Trump whisperer” when they meet again next week at the NATO summit in Brussels. But whatever happened with that other Trump — Ivanka Trump — who was going to serve as […]

The darker side of life as a political staffer

Jun 26 2018 — Susan Delacourt — For many people who find themselves working on Parliament Hill, the job of a political staffer is the best and worst job they’ll ever have. The best parts revolve around proximity to power and history unfolding before your eyes. The worst parts? Well they are on public display this week — rather unusually — thanks […]