National Newswatch

Will Canadian social conservatives sink Andrew Scheer?

Nov 29 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — He’s digging in. Against increasing odds, Andrew Scheer is sending every signal that he intends to remain leader of the Conservative party. Last week, Scheer overhauled his office, dismissing chief of staff Marc-André Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison. His campaign manager, Hamish Marshall, saw his contract expire, as well. This week, Scheer unveiled a […]

An unhappy Canada hands Justin Trudeau a divided Parliament

Oct 22 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — How do you lose a million votes and still win government? Answer: you’re the Liberal Party of Canada. In the 2015 election, the Liberals garnered just shy of seven million votes; in 2019, their total fell to 5.9 million. Yet the party still managed to garner 157 seats, holding its own in Atlantic Canada, winning […]

How Justin Trudeau’s persona feeds the polarization he laments

Oct 18 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “Everything I tried to do in the last four years has been focused on bringing Canadians together. Yet we find ourselves in a more polarizing, more divisive election. I really hope that Canadians pull together and I hope Canadians make the choice to pull together.” Thus spoke Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at an announcement in […]

10 takeaways from the French-language leaders’ debate

Oct 11 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Another debate, another chance for the main party leaders to go mano a mano before voters go to the polls, including the advance polls that open this weekend. It was also the leaders’ last chance in the federal election to be on the same stage and directly distinguish themselves from their rivals. But it wasn’t […]

Fighting climate change on someone else’s dime

Sep 27 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What kind of green matters more to you: the planet or your wallet? According to the latest Ipsos poll, Canadians will take the cash, thanks. The poll found that a full 46 per cent of us aren’t willing to spend a single cent to save the planet. Of those who would chip in, only 12 […]

How could Justin Trudeau have thought this was OK?

Sep 19 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What were you doing when you were 29? Working? Buying a condo? Getting married? Dressing up in blackface and brownface at parties? Yeah, I didn’t think so. As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tries to extricate himself from an increasingly inextricable situation, one question looms large: how could a grown man, an educated man who sought […]

Justin Trudeau sounds like he’s running against Stephen Harper, not Andrew Scheer

Sep 13 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — And they’re off! The 2019 federal election officially started Wednesday, as the prime minister traipsed out to Rideau Hall and requested the dissolution of Parliament from the Governor-General. Afterwards, Justin Trudeau took to the podium to address the assembled journalists and the nation in a short but pointed speech outlining the Liberal party’s priorities for […]

The Tory climate plan champions technology over taxes

Jun 26 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — There’s a lot of hot air blowing around Ottawa, and not just because summer has finally arrived. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been busy talking up climate change, even as he jetted to the Raptors’ parade last week in Toronto and skipped the House of Commons vote on declaring a “climate emergency.”

Federal government media fund will stop innovation in its tracks

May 17 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What will it take to make the A-list in Canadian media? Answer: the government’s blessing. As per the spring budget, a cabinet-appointed group will put together a list of “qualified Canadian journalism organizations” eligible for tax breaks and payroll subsidies, and whose subscribers will also benefit from a tax credit of up to $75 a […]

Will the 2019 vote be the election of hate?

May 6 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — While carbon taxes and pipelines are predicted to top the political agenda, an ugly undercurrent threatens to drag the debate to dangerous places. In a recent interview with the Hill Times, veteran pollster Nik Nanos sounded an alarm bell over the use of “dogwhistle politics” by all parties on the political spectrum. That’s the term […]

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 […]