National Newswatch

Elizabeth May’s honeymoon could be just beginning

Apr 22 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Elizabeth May’s marriage on Monday may be the start of an extended political honeymoon for her Green Party — starting in Prince Edward Island on Tuesday and quite possibly in Canada at large later this year. All signs currently point to this being a very good week for May and the Greens, part of a […]

No replacement in sight for Gerald Butts

Apr 16 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau isn’t looking for a new Gerald Butts. It’s been two months this week since the SNC-Lavalin controversy claimed Trudeau’s right-hand man, and the Prime Minister’s Office is confirming that no new principal secretary will be coming in soon to replace Butts.

Jody Wilson-Raybould rewrote the book on how to lose your job

Apr 2 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Jody Wilson-Raybould appears to have written a whole new manual on how to lose your job in politics. Maybe there have been other politicians who turned a cabinet demotion into a three-month-long crisis for their governments, though none spring to mind. Perhaps there are other ministers who have spent days warning their bosses not to […]

Trudeau’s damage-control plan is aimed at Liberal MPs

Mar 19 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Conservatives and New Democrats were less than impressed when Justin Trudeau rolled out three big steps on Monday to address the damage of the SNC-Lavalin affair. But the opposition wasn’t the intended target of the measures — which included the resignation of Canada’s top bureaucrat, a mini-shuffle of the cabinet and the appointment of former […]

What Trudeau needs to do to get past the SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 14 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Up until six weeks ago, it looked like Justin Trudeau had fine-tuned his operation into election readiness for 2019. The SNC-Lavalin affair has blown those best-laid plans to smithereens, to say the least. Now, with a budget on the immediate horizon and an election just seven months away, Trudeau has some immediate repair work to […]

When did Trudeau and his Liberals lose their way?

Mar 8 2019 — Susan Delacourt — International Women’s Day came and went in Canada on Friday without much fanfare by Justin Trudeau, who normally uses the occasion to burnish his feminist brand. That brand, like everything else around Trudeau this past month, has been tarnished by the ongoing SNC-Lavalin saga, which has cost the prime minister two strong women ministers and […]

The SNC-Lavalin affair has gone from legal thriller to family drama

Mar 6 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Last week, the SNC-Lavalin affair was a legal thriller. This week, it’s also looking like a family drama, complete with tales of broken trust and frayed relationships at the highest level of the Canadian government. This new layer was added to the SNC-Lavalin controversy on Wednesday when Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister […]

Why does Trudeau seem to be always caught off guard?

Mar 5 2019 — Susan Delacourt — In a rollicking couple of months filled with surprise developments for Justin Trudeau, one enduring question lingers — why does the prime minister keep being surprised? His newest surprise this week was the departure of another cabinet minister, Jane Philpott, who resigned on Monday in solidarity with Jody Wilson-Raybould, whose explosive exit also caught Trudeau […]