National Newswatch

Is it time to change up Team Trudeau?

Mar 9 2018 — Stephen Maher — The PM can’t afford more sloppy mistakes and he may not be getting the stern warnings he needs to rein in his worst impulses. On Feb. 6, the sneering British gasbag Piers Morgan wrote a column for the Daily Mail—the world’s biggest English language online newspaper—in which he mocked Justin Trudeau for a comment he […]

The last hours of Patrick Brown’s leadership

Feb 27 2018 — Stephen Maher — At 4:24 PM on Jan. 24, Glen McGregor, politics correspondent for CTV National News, emailed the assistant of Alykhan Velshi, chief of staff to Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown. McGregor, a hard-nosed veteran of the parliamentary press gallery, had often crossed paths with Velshi when Velshi was working for Stephen Harper. In Ottawa fashion, […]

Inside the explosive Conservative Party fight over Rick Dykstra

Feb 2 2018 — Stephen Maher — During the 2015 election campaign, Stephen Harper’s top aides exchanged tense emails about sexual assault allegations against MP Rick Dykstra, documents obtained by Maclean’s reveal. Dykstra was allowed to remain as a candidate over the objections of campaign manager Jenni Byrne, who angrily referred in an email to the sexual assault allegation against him. Dykstra, […]

The cautionary tale of Kellie Leitch

Jan 24 2018 — Stephen Maher — Today is a good day to wish Kellie Leitch all the best in her medical career and thank our lucky stars that her political career is ending with a whimper. Leitch, the pediatric surgeon who ran a populist campaign in the 2017 Conservative leadership race, announced on Wednesday that she is going back to healing […]

Justin Trudeau should read the Charter of Rights

Jan 20 2018 — Stephen Maher — The Liberals are choosing to play politics with summer camp funding, and taking a stupid legal risk in the process. At the Southern Alberta Bible Camp, on the shores of the Travers Reservoir, every summer kids canoe, sail, do arts and crafts and connect with their personal saviour. The camp’s mission statement “is to see […]

Trump’s presidency is the death rattle of a racist world view

Jan 16 2018 — Stephen Maher — The morning after Donald Trump said that the United States was getting too many immigrants from “shithole” countries, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs sent out a tweet to soothe hurt feelings: “The United States will continue to robustly, enthusiastically and forcefully engage in #Africa, promoting this vital relationship, and to listen […]

A productive solution to the Senator Lynn Beyak problem

Jan 11 2018 — Stephen Maher — Thanks to Stephen Harper, who appointed her in 2013, taxpayers have no choice but to pay the bills of Senator Lynn Beyak until 2024, when she turns 75. Given that we must pick up her cheques, it seems to me we ought to make use of her. Since there is no constitutional mechanism for forcing […]

The Aga Khan trip and a glimpse into Trudeau’s bad judgement

Dec 27 2017 — Stephen Maher — Taking a billionaire’s hospitality is so obviously wrong, it makes you wonder: What else is the PM messing up? I have often tried to imagine the conversations that took place before Justin Trudeau and his senior officials when the prime minister was planning his family’s Christmas last year. Trudeau: “Well, I’ve decided that I’m going […]

Marc Emery was right; Julian Fantino was wrong

Dec 18 2017 — Stephen Maher — In September 2011, Conservative MP and former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino stood in the House of Commons to urge MPs to vote for the Conservatives’ Safe Streets and Communities Act, which, among other things, increased mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana offences, including six months for possessing six plants.

The ties that bind the Liberals and the Bronfmans

Dec 13 2017 — Stephen Maher — The opposition is questioning the Bronfman family’s connections to the Liberal Party. It’s been happening for 100 years. The last time the Bronfman name was uttered in Parliament was last week, when NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault stood in the House to ask whether Justin Trudeau had access to Revenue Canada files when he recently said […]

Jagmeet Singh’s rookie blunders

Dec 8 2017 — Stephen Maher — Welcome to the bigs, Mr. Singh. On Oct. 2, the day after Jagmeet Singh became leader of the NDP, he did an interview with Terry Milewski on CBC TV. At the end of the interview, Milewski asked him to denounce Talwinder Parmar, the terrorist behind the 1985 Air India bombing, which killed 329 people, mostly […]

Stephen Harper’s no-good advice on NAFTA

Oct 31 2017 — Stephen Maher — Stephen Harper should write a book and take a break from writing memos. The former prime minister, an astute political analyst who wrote one book in his spare time, could fill in some blank pages in our history books and settle scores with his many foes. And it would give him something useful to do […]

Bill Morneau, Canada’s very expensive finance minister

Oct 24 2017 — Stephen Maher — When Bill Morneau stands in the House of Commons on Tuesday to deliver the fall fiscal update, he will be hoping desperately that what he announces will be splendid enough that Canadians take note. For weeks, stories about Morneau and his bungled files have been preventing his boss, Justin Trudeau, from getting the feel-good coverage […]

Dean Del Mastro fought the law and the law won

Sep 13 2017 — Stephen Maher — Dean Del Mastro, the former Conservative MP for Peterborough, former ethics spokesman for Stephen Harper, lost his second appeal at the Ontario Court of Appeal on Wednesday, which means he can no longer avoid his 30-day sentence for election crimes. Del Mastro is now waiting in the chow line with other inmates, likely at the […]