National Newswatch

Trudeau makes his mea culpa — and Morneau gets ‘le shove’

Oct 16 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — It’s official: the shine is coming off the pony. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Liberals will not be proceeding with some of the changes they have proposed to small business taxes. After insisting defiantly in September that “we’re doing more for the people who need it and doing less for the people […]

How Rachael Harder became a prop in a virtue-signalling contest

Oct 5 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Abortion. It’s the issue that all federal parties pledge not to touch. It keeps cropping up, though — especially when it’s politically useful. When Justin Trudeau became Liberal party leader in 2014, he used abortion to boost his female-friendly credentials by demanding party unanimity on the matter. “I have made it clear that future candidates […]

When ‘taxes’ ceased to be a dirty word in politics

Sep 27 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Are tax hikes no longer the third rail of Canadian politics? The political value of keeping taxes low seems to have been replaced by the need to make taxes ‘fair’ — which, in the Liberals’ case, means raising them on groups they think won’t get public sympathy. The Tories have been hammering the government on […]

Trudeau’s tax plan isn’t about fairness. It’s about funding

Sep 7 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “I want to be clear,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the Liberal party’s recent caucus gathering in Kelowna. “People who make $50,000 a year should not pay higher taxes than people who make $250,000 a year.” Trudeau was defending the government’s proposed small business tax changes, which would eliminate such practices as business owners […]

What a ‘nation-to-nation’ relationship with Indigenous Canadians should look like

Jul 18 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Once again, Canada’s First Ministers have gathered for their annual summer Council of the Federation, being held this year in Edmonton. The agenda includes trade and Trump, pot and the provinces, infrastructure and investment. It also featured a meeting with representatives of five national Indigenous organizations to discuss issues of concern to their communities. At […]

PR, not principles, are driving the Khadr file

Jul 13 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “I think it restores a little bit my reputation here in Canada, and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.” That’s the hope of Omar Khadr, speaking about his $10.5 million legal settlement with the federal government. In an interview broadcast on CBC’s Power & Politics, he told host Rosemary Barton, “I never was […]

Canada at 150 — what we are, what we can become

Jun 26 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Happy 150th, Canada. Time to wave flags, pop champagne (or crack open a beer, chacun son goût) and find a good spot to take in the fireworks on July 1. Ottawa is dropping half a billion dollars on our sesquicentennial, so you might as well get your money’s worth while you can. Or not. If […]

Families living with autism need more than photo ops, Mr. Trudeau

Jun 19 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — How should Canadian governments address the needs of individuals and families with autism? Earlier this month, the Ontario government reversed its much condemned (and factually incorrect) position that intensive behaviour therapy should end at the age of five, presumably because older kids wouldn’t benefit from it. Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau not […]

Scheer’s task: Channel Dief’s populism — without the vitriol

May 29 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — For someone who apparently deplores Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways, Andrew Scheer smiles an awful lot. The new Conservative leader radiates positivity, even when he bashes his Liberal foe — a sense of indefatigable optimism that helped push him to victory at the Conservative leadership event Saturday night. In short, Scheer is hard not to like. […]