National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau doesn’t want advice from his dad’s friends. That hasn’t stopped them from offering it

Jun 27 2020 — Susan Delacourt, — If China was setting out to sow political divisions in Canada in the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, it must have been frustrated by the political unity it has encountered in this 18-month saga — until this week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a remarkable degree of cross-partisan support for his firm decision […]

Was this decision why the Conservatives lost the election?

Jun 24 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Do Canadian conservatives watch more TV than other partisans? One would have to assume that is the case, given what the federal political parties have revealed about their spending patterns during last year’s election. Election-spending reports are always interesting as exercises in accountability, but they also tell some fascinating stories of political culture and where […]

Donald Trump is showing how not to handle a crisis. Justin Trudeau is paying attention

Jun 1 2020 — Susan Delacourt — While Donald Trump was lashing out over mass civil unrest in his country on Monday, Canadians were getting “practical protest advice” from top-level government officials in Ottawa. The political-culture divide between Canada and the U.S. has rarely seemed so sharp as during the COVID-19 lockdown. But the chasm has widened even further with the scenes […]

Long-term-care residents are dying in horrific conditions. We need more from Ottawa than another round of meetings

May 28 2020 — Susan Delacourt — There’s a long-term-care crisis in Canada that is crying out for short-term, very practical action. Unfortunately, until this pandemic gripped the country, short-term fixes were not the federal government’s area of expertise. Nor is on-the-ground service delivery, as many of Canada’s Indigenous communities can attest. It is now abundantly clear that what’s needed to repair […]

Ottawa killed a good plan to fund political parties. Using COVID-19 money instead is a disgrace

May 25 2020 — Susan Delacourt — The least essential service throughout the pandemic has been politics — which is why political parties should expect all the outrage they’re getting for their bid to get the federal wage subsidy. Even diehard believers in politics are having trouble with the news that Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens, as well as Alberta’s United […]