National Newswatch

Historica, Conservatives both come out okay in Heritage Minute dust-up

Feb 6 2019 — Tim Powers — You could be forgiven if those old Heritage Minutes, seen most often on that dated medium of television, had slipped into the recesses of your mind. Not unlike the vintage National Film Board vignettes, my personal favourite being The Log Driver’s Waltz, these stories generate some warmth in a sentimental Canadian heart. Now, they are […]

Why the Conservatives are whining about the media

Oct 31 2018 — Tim Powers — It is that time in the pre-election season when the framing for the next vote kicks into high gear. None of it is original but that doesn’t matter because, like the first snowfall, it seems to be all new, as if it never happened before. For a couple of weeks now, both the prime minister […]

Why Wernick’s story struck a chord: I’ve been there

Jul 4 2018 — Tim Powers — Good for you, Paul Wernick, for speaking out on your own personal mental health and wellness. Kudos also for challenging the norms of the work routine on Parliament Hill; it is brave of you to do so. Wernick recently gained attention for coming forward to speak about his health and the influence he believed the […]

Wynne’s concession isn’t brave, it’s a clumsy cop-out

Jun 6 2018 — Tim Powers — Kathleen Wynne’s election concession some five days before Ontarians vote in their June 7 provincial election was the latest bizarre twist in Ontario’s crazy year of politics. Some members of Wynne’s team are framing this as a great selfless act that will liberate local candidates from the premier’s current toxic brand, potentially giving some of […]

Tax reform the first true test for Trudeau

Sep 6 2017 — Tim Powers — Is Justin Trudeau’s government truly vulnerable for the first time? Failure to deliver on electoral reform, a badly broken deficit promise, and even a $10-million payout to Omar Khadr have had to date no real impact on his team. But what looks like an ill-conceived tax-reform package—potentially drafted by officials who have never actually run […]

Why spending $30,000 on Broadway tickets could be smart federal policy

Aug 9 2017 — Tim Powers — Two weeks ago, I had the occasion to see the truly moving Broadway production Come from Away. Theatre reviews are not my specialty, but to say the show was emotionally powerful would be an understatement of gross proportions. Come from Away captures the stories of Newfoundlanders and stranded travellers in Gander, N.L. following the Sept. […]

Summertime no vacation for party leaders, MPs

Jul 5 2017 — Tim Powers — Summer is upon us and so is a new political season. It is one that matters a lot for different reasons to our biggest political parties. For the opposition Conservatives, the Andrew Scheer roadshow begins. The new leader will be trotted out in communities across the country to, first and foremost, build faith among supporters […]

Liberal nomination process: so much for openness and transparency

Mar 8 2017 — Tim Powers — Old habits die hard. Witness the Liberal Party of Canada’s nomination process, if you can call it that, in Markham-Thornhill, Ont. where a former senior staffer in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office is now the Liberal candidate. While I don’t know Mary Ng, the former director of appointments in Trudeau’s office and now the Liberal […]

The good and bad of family dynasties in politics

Feb 22 2017 — Tim Powers — While elements of the American and British electorate seem repulsed by elites in politics and empowered by their rejection the Canadian environment is still different. If anything, political dynasties remain very much alive in Canada. A second Trudeau is our prime minister and another man named LeBlanc is a senior minister in his government. We […]