National Newswatch

What is it that keeps Canadians up at night?

Nov 15 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Canadians are worried about a lot of things these days, according to a new survey, but they’re not the things dominating the current political debate. The results of this new Public Square Research poll, made available exclusively to the Star, are a wake-up call to those plotting next year’s federal election campaign. There appears to […]

With his sexting adventures, Clement has got himself into three kinds of trouble

Nov 7 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Political trouble often arrives in threes. It’s rare, though, for one politician to get in three kinds of trouble all at the same time. Tony Clement, the now-former Conservative, the long-time MP from Parry Sound-Muskoka, has somehow pulled it off. With the revelation this week of Clement’s confessed, sexting adventures with a would-be extortionist, this […]

Justin Trudeau treads carefully on U.S. election day

Nov 6 2018 — Susan Delacourt — While Americans were rendering their verdict on Donald Trump’s politics on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau was on CNN, talking about the “elephant and moose” relationship between Canada and the United States. Canada is still “massively outweighed” in that metaphor, Trudeau told CNN interviewer Poppy Harlow, but “will stand securely in our own strength and our own […]

Politicians are dragging their feet on privacy rules

Oct 31 2018 — Susan Delacourt — The prospect of Statistics Canada collecting Canadians’ personal financial data is the latest cause of burning outrage in the daily political drama in Ottawa — with some justification, it should be said. Privacy is a hot-button issue in a digital age. But another large data collection exercise, which has been taking place for years in […]

What happened to Trudeau’s plan to fight income inequality?

Oct 24 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s turning into a season of setbacks in the great Canadian fight against income inequality. Just kidding. There actually is no great Canadian fight against income inequality, as recent developments are illustrating. Premier Doug Ford didn’t come to office with any promises to narrow the gap between rich and poor in Ontario, and that’s probably […]

Is it a politician’s right to block people on Twitter?

Oct 18 2018 — Susan Delacourt — There is something undeniably satisfying about blocking a troublesome person on Twitter. One click, and the noise is over. But that simple act, if carried out by a government official, could end up being unconstitutional in Canada if a newly launched court challenge is successful against Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

Can ‘ordinary voters’ be sold on climate change?

Oct 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt — In his new book, Stephen Harper warns that standing up for the environment makes for bad politics, especially in a populist age when parties are looking for the votes of “ordinary” people. “Political parties, including mine, have won elections just by opposing a carbon tax,” the former prime minister writes in the newly released “Right […]

Pass the peas, keep the peace: How to keep politics from ruining Thanksgiving

Oct 5 2018 — Susan Delacourt — All across Canada, people have been bracing themselves for this weekend’s awkward Thanksgiving dinner conversations. Holidays aren’t politics-free zones in Canada — some election victories in recent history may have hinged on them. The Christmas-New Year’s break in the 2005-06 is believed to have been a turning point in favour of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, while […]

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s cancer is in remission

Oct 4 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, hit with a leukemia diagnosis late last year, has now received the two words that all cancer patients want to hear: “complete remission.” It took six treatments of chemo-immunotherapy — administered intravenously over two days every month at a Moncton hospital, but LeBlanc recently got the good news that the […]