National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau will have an election in mind as he heads to Halifax convention. But it’s not his own

Apr 20 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled out not one, but three of his 2015 election slogans last weekend when he held his pipeline-crisis meeting with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. He talked of “hope and hard work” and declared that “better is always possible.” Trudeau even urged the warring provinces to see their rivals […]

Meeting helped “de-risk” the danger of a full-blown pipeline crisis

Apr 15 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s been a weekend filled with talk of “de-risking” and “deconfliction.” The “derisking” conversation was swirling around the pipeline meeting on Sunday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. The talk about “deconfliction” was about another news story altogether — much-discussed in the context of U.S. military strikes in […]

Can party brands survive their contradictions?

Apr 13 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Political parties stopped describing themselves as happy families a long time ago — around the same time they started to see themselves as “brands.” But current events and the next couple of months are going to be testing times for this whole idea of parties as recognizable, consistent, coherent brands across Canada.

Canadians’ trust in Facebook in free fall: report

Apr 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Canadians’ trust in Facebook appears to be in free fall — and it’s a downward plummet that started even before the ongoing uproar over alleged abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining firms. An annual “CanTrust Index” is showing a 17-point drop in trust for Facebook in just one year — from […]

Two Trudeaus, two takes on civil rights — and wrongs

Apr 6 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Later this month, Justin Trudeau will mark his fifth anniversary at the head of the Liberal party. But another significant Liberal anniversary took place this week too — 50 years since the prime minister’s father, Pierre Trudeau, won that same prize in 1968. The younger Trudeau is probably grateful that people aren’t instantly rushing to […]

Why aren’t we more freaked out about the Russians?

Apr 3 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s been more than a week since Global Affairs dropped the news that Russia interfered in our democracy and the ensuing silence — by government and citizens — is kind of stunning. In case you missed it, here’s what the federal department of Global Affairs said in a March 26 news release announcing the expulsion […]

If Trudeau wants to be Ned Flanders, Canadians may not say ‘okily-dokily’

Mar 30 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Federal Conservatives were outraged this week when Finance Minister Bill Morneau threw an N-word in their direction. “Neanderthals” was the word in question and it came after Morneau was being accused of failing to walk the government’s talk on gender equality. “I actually find your line of questioning to be offensive,” Morneau told the Conservatives’ […]

Team Trudeau and the Liberals’ Facebook conundrum

Mar 21 2018 — Susan Delacourt — “The Liberals were so good at the data campaign in 2015, in fact, that Americans were taking some lessons from them.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals may have dodged a bullet when the party opted to not work with Chris Wylie, the digital whiz at the centre of the exploding controversy over Facebook and Cambridge […]

Ford is no Trump; he’s a lot more like Harper

Mar 14 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Doug Ford is apparently a “five big things” guy when it comes to election platforms. So maybe we should stop comparing the new Ontario Progressive Conservative leader to Donald Trump and look instead to someone closer to home — namely, Stephen Harper. Yes, in a number of ways, Ford might be trying to write a […]

Think of this as an ‘inclusion rider’ for speaker panels

Mar 9 2018 — Susan Delacourt — All-male speakers panels are definitely out of fashion in the year of #MeToo — and especially after the past week of International Women’s Day events. But all-women panels aren’t the answer either, says a high-powered group of Canadian business leaders, who are rallying behind a campaign to make sure that no gender is getting shut […]

Budget tells story of Morneau’s miserable 2017

Feb 28 2018 — Susan Delacourt — If you like federal budgets with sex and drugs and rock and roll, in the words of the immortal Meatloaf, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Sex, well, gender issues, are an overarching theme, while drugs — whether it’s pharmacare, legalized cannabis or the opioid crisis— loom large in the fiscal plans for Prime Minister […]