National Newswatch

‘A self-centred giant baby’: How China is bashing Canada

Apr 6 2021 — Tristin Hopper — There was once a time when the official stance of the People’s Republic of China towards Canada was indifference spiced with the occasional Norman Bethune reference. Those days are now firmly over: Under the rule of Xi Jinping, China has adopted an openly aggressive stance towards the Maple Leaf, a position represented most notably by […]

Don’t like Canada’s new mandatory quarantine? It’s part of why New Zealand is now back to normal

Jan 31 2021 — Tristin Hopper — On Friday the Government of Canada announced a new program prescribing mandatory supervised hotel quarantines for all travellers entering the country. It’s one of the strictest measures yet imposed in the fight against COVID-19, but it’s a measure with good precedent: New Zealand, one of the most enthusiastic adopters of mandatory hotel quarantines, has been […]

As SNC-Lavalin affair simmered, Trudeau flew to Florida for a break

Mar 12 2019 — Tristin Hopper — As another round of SNC-Lavalin revelations broke over the weekend, Justin Trudeau was spotted taking a breather in a remote corner of Southwest Florida. “Canada’s prime minister, embroiled in a political scandal, is now escaping to Southwest Florida,” announced NBC 2, a local news affiliate who got exclusive word of the visiting national leader.

SNC-Lavalin: Did Justin Trudeau break the law?

Mar 5 2019 — Tristin Hopper — It’s increasingly clear that Canada isn’t particularly happy with Justin Trudeau for allegedly trying to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. As Jane Philpott said upon her resignation from cabinet on Monday, “the solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system.”

The Harper government passed a measure 13 years ago to catch Liberal scandals. It worked perfectly

Mar 2 2019 — Tristin Hopper — As the Liberal government descends into full-blown crisis, Conservatives could take some satisfaction that this is all happening in part because of a long-ago measure they implemented precisely to catch Liberal scandals. In 2006, one of the first actions of the new government of Stephen Harper was the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, a measure […]

How a killer sex attacker once deemed an eternal threat to Canadian society got parole anyway

Jan 22 2019 — Tristin Hopper — When violent rapist William Shrubsall received a rare indeterminate prison sentence in 2001, a Nova Scotia judge ruled that if he ever regained his freedom, the likely result would be more dead, injured and psychologically scarred women. There was no “realistic prospect of controlling the threat of dangerousness” from his re-entry into society, reads the […]

What’s really in that ‘dire’ new IPCC climate report

Oct 11 2018 — Tristin Hopper — A week after it came out, the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been received very much like the previous ones: Headlines and columns warning of the dire forecasts of the world’s scientists, environmentalists brandishing it as evidence of the need for radical action and a whole bunch of folks wondering […]

‘This has not been a good hour for Canada’: John Baird slams Trudeau government on Saudi state TV

Aug 14 2018 — Tristin Hopper — As Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia remains on the rocks, ex-foreign affairs minister John Baird appeared on Saudi state TV over the weekend to denounce the Trudeau government for its “gratuitous attack” on the Saudi regime. “For Canada to treat a friend and ally this way has been incredibly unhelpful,” Baird told the English-language arm […]