National Newswatch

Voters say they’re over COVID. That could hurt Justin Trudeau

Jul 27 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Back to the Future! As the nation lurches ever closer to a widely expected election call, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be quickly receding in our collective rearview mirror. Traffic clogs our highways like bad cholesterol. Dogs howl with anxiety as their owners mysteriously disappear. A million sourdough starters have been left to die. Pre-pandemic […]

Box-ticking ‘diversity’ appointments aren’t the only way for Ottawa to represent today’s Canada

Jul 20 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What does it mean to “represent Canada” in the 21st century? We are a nation of two official languages, 10 provinces, and three territories. Forty-one per cent of us are first-or-second generation immigrants. Eighty-one per cent of us live in cities, the rest in rural or small-town communities. In terms of gender and orientation, the […]

Trudeau will probably miss our unaccountable pandemic Parliament

Jun 22 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — It’s clear that the Liberals have been paving the way for months now: one-dose summer, two-dose writ. If you have any interest in federal politics, the end of the pandemic can’t come soon enough. For over a year, Canadians have been governed by Zoom democracy: virtual question periods, committees and press conferences. It’s not like […]

The push to #cancelCanadaDay misunderstands that our flawed nation is still worth celebrating

Jun 8 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — The discovery of the remains of 215 children, buried in unmarked graves at the Kamloops residential school, has profoundly shocked the Canadian conscience. Statues of John A. Macdonald and Egerton Ryerson, architects of the residential school system, have been removed by both fiat and force. Demands for an apology from the Catholic Church grow ever […]

Let the fun begin at duelling Liberal, NDP policy conventions

Apr 6 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Last month, the Conservatives held a virtual party convention; this weekend, it’s the NDP and Liberals’ turn. And what a jolly time it promises to be, with policy resolutions that veer from centre-left to downright Trotskyite. Both parties propose a guaranteed basic income, a transition to a green energy economy, and to protect worker pensions. […]