National Newswatch

PC win in PEI is latest challenge for Justin Trudeau

Apr 24 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — P.E.I. voters have spoken, and it’s more bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Premier-designate Dennis King, elected party leader a scant two months ago, won 12 seats in the Island’s 27-seat legislature, putting him in place to form a minority government. After four terms in office, the incumbent Liberals were reduced to six seats […]

Justin Trudeau needs to remove Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus

Mar 25 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — How much longer will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allow Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott to remain in the federal Liberal caucus? In Ottawa, that question dominates the conversation, from cocktail parties to cab rides. It started after Philpott’s extraordinary sortie in Maclean’s, where she said that “there’s much more to the story that needs to […]

SNC-Lavalin affair was about saving Liberal seats in Quebec

Mar 7 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “An erosion of trust.” That is how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the SNC-Lavalin affair — not as a breakdown of the rule of law, not as an attempt to influence the attorney general, not as political interference in the judiciary. No, it was a misunderstanding between team members. Everyone from the PM to the […]

Justin Trudeau needs to live up to his own standards

Feb 28 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — One law for the rich and powerful. Another law for everybody else. That’s the underlying message in the testimony of former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, given this week to the Justice Committee of the House of Commons. For four hours, Wilson-Raybould painted a picture of a Prime Minister’s Office that held itself above the law, […]

Justin Trudeau throws down the gauntlet on climate change

Oct 24 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. And we’re also going to help Canadians adjust to this new reality. … Every nickel will be invested in Canadians in the province or territory where it was raised.” With those words, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid down the gauntlet on […]

Does Bernier battle remind anyone of Mulroney-Bouchard rupture?

Jun 13 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — It takes a lot to get Conservative leader Andrew Scheer cheesed off, but this week, one of his MPs crossed the line. “I have removed Maxime Bernier from the Official Opposition shadow cabinet, effective immediately,” Scheer stated in a short communiqué. “The shadow minister for science, Matt Jeneroux, will assume the additional role of shadow […]

Can Ford mend the very party from which he tried to run away

Jun 9 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — The Ontario election is over, and the winner is… populism. Its anti-establishment broom swept the Progressive Conservatives to victory with 76 seats, and saw the NDP form the official opposition with 40. It blew the Liberals out the door with just seven – while the Green Party gained its first seat in provincial history. It […]

Back against the wall, Trudeau passed the buck

May 31 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Damned if he did, damned if he didn’t. That’s the general consensus around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to buy out the Trans Mountain pipeline. Kinder Morgan had set a deadline of May 31, after which it threatened to pull the plug unless the federal government could guarantee the project would go ahead.

Keeping promises and facing change

May 24 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — As Ontarians get ready to go to the polls June 7, all bets are off on the outcome of the provincial election. What looked like a slam dunk for the PCs less than a month ago has morphed into a horserace with the NDP, while the Liberals limp along in third place. Voters fed up […]

Wynne squanders golden opportunity by throwing ‘Trump card’ early

Apr 19 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — With the Ontario election 50 days away, and the provincial Liberals trailing badly in the polls, Premier Kathleen Wynne did the inevitable: she played the Trump card. While making a health care announcement at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, the Liberal Premier compared PC leader Doug Ford to the US President. “Doug Ford sounds like Donald […]

Bernier loses sight of end game with whiny, divisive book

Apr 11 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Don’t cry over spilled milk. It’s one of the cardinal rules in politics, particularly when you lose an election. What’s done is done: best to move on with grace, even if you still seethe in silence, and wait for the next opportunity to reenter the fray. Unless you are Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, that is.

“Trust me” Trudeau has forgotten what got him elected

Mar 28 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “As the saying goes, sunlight is the world’s best disinfectant. Liberals will shed new light on the government and ensure that it is focused on the people it is meant to serve: Canadians.” Thus spoke Liberal leader Justin Trudeau during the 2015 federal election. His words graced the pages of the “openness and transparency section” […]