National Newswatch

Obama urges us not to fear the future, but to shape it

Jan 26 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — When Barack Obama left the White House in 2016, I wondered on what future issues he would direct his leadership. The Obama Foundation mandate appeared to focus on developing young civic leaders internationally, and he’s continued to actively speak on climate action initiatives. The Economic Club of Canada (ECC) and the Global Institute for Conscious […]

The human loss of Flight 752 is immeasurable

Jan 12 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — It felt inevitable that the year 2020 would be overwhelming. With our neighbours to the south in the throes of an election, Canadians are strapped in for a volatile ride not of our own choosing. This is also the year of simultaneous federal and provincial political party leadership races and an unpredictable minority government with […]

Canada’s success in the next decade depends on working together

Dec 8 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Thursday’s speech from the throne spoke pointedly of a renewed national agenda aimed at rectifying the issues of yesterday, prioritizing the issues facing Canadians today and addressing the challenges that lay ahead of us in the decades to come. The speech opened by highlighting the differences in regional needs required across the country and established […]

Leadership campaign offers new hope for Ontario Liberals

Nov 24 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — At the 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention I arrived ready to participate in history in the making. Both of the front-runners for that leadership were ambitious, experienced, hard-working women, Kathleen Wynne and Sandra Pupatello. The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission had made buttons that read “Congratulations Madame Premier” because we knew that no matter how […]

Canada has been a foreign aid laggard for too long

Nov 10 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — There comes a moment for each prime minister who has secured a second mandate to face the difficult decision of establishing their legacy addressing domestic challenges, while also considering Canada’s contribution to global efforts aimed at overcoming international challenges. Under Justin Trudeau’s leadership it may appear there have been considerable shifts to how Canada has […]

Engaged youth deserve the right to vote

Oct 27 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Young people made their voices heard in the 2019 federal election. Post-secondary students came out in record numbers to cast their votes with a 60 per cent increase in post-secondary students voting through the special ballot process. There are many factors that contributed to this surge, one being the effort made by Elections Canada to […]

Deep disappointment, but also hope

Sep 22 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — I was really hoping to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issue an official anti-Black racism related apology to Canadians at some point during his mandate. The formal apologies he has delivered thus far to communities historically wronged by our government have been well thought out and momentous. I imagined him acknowledging the role Canadian public […]

Good leaders attract great candidates

Sep 15 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — You can tell a lot about the leader of a political party by the calibre of local candidates they inspire to put their names on ballots across the country under their banner. A great leader should be able to attract and build a diverse, intergenerational, cross-sectoral and wise team. While most attention during an election […]

Women leaders share political lessons through Canada2020

Jun 23 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — This past week, women who served as Canadian first ministers came together in person for the first time in a historic event that culminated the No Second Chances podcast, spearheaded by Kate Graham. That included former prime minister Kim Campbell, former Alberta premier Rachel Notley, former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, former Alberta premier Alison Redford, […]

Ontario needs to support its students

May 26 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — In the coming weeks, thousands of students in Canada will walk across convocation stages with pride and celebration for their hard-earned accomplishments. Many of them will also carry an understanding sense of anxiety about the cost of their education and what the future will bring. (And perhaps hope that their commencement speaker will be as […]

Nathalie Des Rosiers and Marie-France Lalonde dared to lead

May 19 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Less than a year after their election, it was revealed last week that two Ontario Liberal members of provincial parliament will be formally resigning in the pursuit of new leadership roles. MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Nathalie Des Rosiers, representing the ridings of Orléans and Ottawa-Vanier respectively, announced that they will be departing the provincial political […]

Free menstrual products a must, but start with the poor first

May 12 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — For all the stigma stomping we’ve achieved in recent years, there’s one that still persists. And considering the monthly reality for nearly half the population — dating back to literally the dawn of humanity — it’s an odd one. Some would be surprised that Canada’s behind the global curve on access to menstrual products, but […]

Youth fight back against governments that limit their choices

Apr 7 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Last week, young people across the country sent powerful messages to Canadian federal and provincial politicians: We have you on watch, and we will not be dismissed. We saw 338 young women take their seats in the House of Commons on Wednesday and make forward thinking statements as a part of the Equal Voice Daughters […]