National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer’s Tories dropping hints on what voters key for 2018

Feb 16 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was out cultivating a constituency this week that hasn’t been the easiest for him to charm — Chinese Canadians. Trudeau was in the GTA on Thursday to help kick off Chinese New Year celebrations with Chinese Canadians in Mississauga and Markham. While the prime minister doesn’t usually have trouble attracting crowds, […]

Journalists see 17 per cent jump in public trust

Feb 14 2018 — Susan Delacourt — “While many journalists will be seeing the trust figures as a Valentine’s Day gift from the Canadian public, it isn’t all hearts and roses for the beleaguered business in this survey.” Journalism in Canada is enjoying a surge in public trust in 2018, according to the newest edition of a global trust index. The surprising […]

Why not just let jurors talk?

Feb 13 2018 — Susan Delacourt — “That may not be a bad thing – sunlight is the best disinfectant – but it will be messy.” — It’s too bad that the members of that now-infamous Saskatchewan jury aren’t allowed to tell us why they found Gerald Stanley not guilty for the killing of Colten Boushie. Jury deliberations are strictly and legally […]

Next election could be won and lost at the drugstore counter

Feb 7 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The fight is already under way to see who’s going to be more progressive and left wing in the 2019 federal election — Liberals or New Democrats — and it’s looking like one big battle is going to revolve around free drugs. No, it’s not the 1960s all over again. It’s pharmacare, and this seems […]

Will 2018 be a watershed moment in political feminism?

Jan 24 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Very few people would go to the World Economic Forum in Davos to meet women — even powerful women. According to the Forum’s own website, women represent only about one in five of the 3,000-plus participants in this annual movers-and-shakers summit. Canada’s own delegation doesn’t boast much better stats: of the roughly 60 Canadians who […]

A bizarre public-vs.-private debate in Canadian politics

Jan 19 2018 — Susan Delacourt — On his official itinerary for last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was said to be having “personal” time in Ottawa. Social media, however, told a slightly different story. In photos circulating on Facebook and Instagram, Trudeau is shown spending part of last Saturday at a Liberal Party of Canada national executive meeting. It looks like […]

The Trudeau government badly needs a reboot

Jan 16 2018 — Susan Delacourt — This time last year, the new U.S. President Donald Trump forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press the reset button on his government. Isn’t it time for the Trudeau government to give itself another shakeup? How about a new Speech from the Throne? Maybe it isn’t all that surprising that Liberals are taking their sweet […]

Liberals hatch plan to stop Trumpism: fix income inequality

Jan 5 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, is busy these days, but she still occasionally finds the time to dabble in her first career of journalism. In The Economist’s special New Year’s issue, “The World in 2018,” Freeland has penned an article about how Canada plans to battle global trends toward nationalism and protectionism.

Splashes of political purple give reasons for hope

Dec 29 2017 — Susan Delacourt — The Pantone Color Institute in the United States has decreed that 2018 will be a purple year — well, ultraviolet, precisely. Ultraviolet, according to Pantone, is the colour of mystery and the night sky, as well as “experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative […]

How ‘sunny ways’ got soiled in the Ottawa swamp

Dec 22 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Here is a little tourism tip for the holiday season: Even with the chillier weather, Parliament Hill will be a much more pleasant place to visit over the next few weeks than it was for Canada’s 150th birthday party in July. Hard as it is for true patriots to admit, the big, Canada Day bash […]