National Newswatch

Throne speech shows a government looking closer to home

Dec 5 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The education of Justin Trudeau as prime minister is a tale that can now be told in two speeches from the throne — one in 2015, one in 2019. Other prime ministers have used the pomp and ceremony of throne speeches more frequently in their mandates for resets of their governments, halfway through their terms […]

Liberals got the message: more work, less talk

Dec 3 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Every morning in Ottawa, thousands of public servants crowd into a new light-rail system that may or may not work, headed to jobs for which they may or may not be correctly paid. Between a shaky start for light rail this fall and the still-not-fixed Phoenix payroll debacle, the nation’s capital isn’t exactly a model […]

For Trudeau and Ford, what a difference a month can make

Nov 21 2019 — Susan Delacourt — A little more than a month ago, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals dropped $14,000 on a Twitter ad campaign in Ontario, warning voters in roughly two dozen of the province’s ridings not to elect another Doug Ford. On Friday, Trudeau and Ford will be having what’s widely expected to be a cordial meeting in Ottawa, to talk […]

A Liberal-NDP coalition may depend on these two women

Nov 17 2019 — Susan Delacourt — A small, eclectic crowd of journalists and political types was on hand this week at a Sparks Street bar in Ottawa to see the debut performance of the “Lowertown Riffraff,” an East Coast party-music band, also made up of journalists and politicos. At one of the big tables sat two women who have come to […]

Twitter’s ad ban won’t fix what ails our political culture

Nov 1 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Political advertising, sorry to report, is not the worst thing on social media. While many people were celebrating Twitter’s announcement this week that it will ban political ads, it would be a mistake to see this as bold blow against political toxicity on that platform. As any casual user knows, the real culprits behind the […]

Laying low, Trudeau takes a page from Doug Ford’s playbook

Oct 30 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Halloween is expected to go ahead as usual in Ottawa on Thursday, despite calls for a one-day weather postponement. You read that correctly: in what some described as the most Ottawa story ever, there was talk of postponing trick-or-treating for a day this year because torrential rain is expected on Halloween. Besides, we’ve just endured […]

Who will Trudeau select for his cabinet?

Oct 28 2019 — Susan Delacourt — One advantage of the new slimmed-down Liberal caucus is that Justin Trudeau has fewer people to disappoint when he chooses his next cabinet. The Nov. 20 swearing-in of Trudeau’s next ministry is still several weeks away, but cabinet speculation is already rampant in Ottawa. The big question so far has revolved around how Trudeau will […]

Maybe it’s time to take emotion out of our politics

Oct 26 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It’s often dispensed as good career advice: keep your emotions in check in the workplace. So as Canadians sift through the rubble of what everyone seems to have seen as a nasty election campaign, could this be a simple antidote for the political workplace as well? Dial down the emotions? Less feeling, more thinking? Politics […]