National Newswatch

For Jagmeet Singh, a byelection bid without a net

Aug 8 2018 — Tim Harper — There is often a penchant among Canadian politicians and pundits to over-analyze byelection results and search too hard for tipping points or tectonic shifts that may be merely mirage. But this time, it cannot be overstated. The political future of Jagmeet Singh and the foreseeable fortunes of his federal NDP now sit with voters in […]

Trudeau’s Liberals cede ground to opponents on climate change

Aug 2 2018 — Tim Harper — The federal Liberals may be taking a pragmatic approach to its carbon tax plan by softening the blow to heavy emitters. We are, after all, living beside a U.S. president who once believed global warming was a plot hatched by the Chinese to hurt American business and is already wreaking economic havoc in some key […]

Bill Blair set to play good cop and bad cop

Jul 19 2018 — Tim Harper — Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna enjoyed herself at the Lauryn Hill concert in Toronto on Wednesday, and that was nice to know because many didn’t. She took to social media to tell us just that, but because acrimony between the Justin Trudeau government and the Doug Ford provincial government does not end at the Budweiser […]

Homegrown plants and cannabis T-shirts are no mountains to die on

Jun 14 2018 — Tim Harper — Justin Trudeau needs a win. The Liberal ledger of broken, under-delivered or endangered promises is growing. Electoral reform was simply tossed overboard for political expediency. A national climate pricing program has nothing but trouble ahead and confrontation over the nationalized Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is all but guaranteed.

Doug Ford win could ultimately be a gift for Justin Trudeau

Jun 8 2018 — Tim Harper — Justin Trudeau already has his hands full with one political disrupter south of the border. Now he must deal with another leading the country’s second largest government. In the short-term, a Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government at Queen’s Park promises chaos if not outright confrontation with the Liberal government in Ottawa.

Trudeau’s “Trump management” to be tested at summit

Jun 5 2018 — Tim Harper — Donald Trump is coming to Canada. Mute the trumpet fanfare and keep the petals on the rose. The U.S. president’s arrival at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., later this week will be a reminder — although really none is needed — of how acrimonious his personal interactions with other world leaders have become.

Justin Trudeau becomes the Pipeline Prime Minister

May 29 2018 — Tim Harper — Justin Trudeau will be hauling a huge pipeline with a huge price tag into next year’s federal election campaign. It’s guaranteed to break some furniture on his way to potential re-election because he is now the Pipeline Prime Minister who has just taken a multi-billion dollar risk with our money.