National Newswatch

It’s a little rich for MPs to criticize the affluent

May 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It takes a certain amount of nerve to rail against elites and privilege when your minimum salary hovers around $180,000 a year. Yet this is now the daily spectacle in Canada’s House of Commons, with MPs on all sides shaking their fists against millionaires, large corporations and pretty much anything that takes a few more […]

A dismal year for trust in Canada

Apr 26 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau used to tell crowds that one of his goals as prime minister would be to reconnect Canadians with politics and government. That mission remains unaccomplished, judging from a large look into the state of Canadian trust released this week. This “CanTrust Index,” as it’s called, has been released annually in each of the […]

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 […]