National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau’s only way out of this scandal

Mar 25 2019 — Tom Parkin — The SNC-Lavalin scandal, now in its seventh week, has led to five resignations and a precipitous drop in Liberal Party support. And there’s no end in sight. There’s only one sure exit from this scandal. The question now is whether the Trudeau Liberal government is willing to consider it. Or determined to continue bleeding, everyday. […]

Justin Trudeau needs to answer for the Burnaby South insult

Jan 17 2019 — Tom Parkin — Couldn’t even get through the first week. No, just four days into the Burnaby South by-election the candidate of the Liberal Party—the Liberal Party!—launched a race-based political strategy against NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Singh is the first non-white leader of a major political party in Canadian history. He is on his first campaign for a […]

The games Liberals are playing with Jagmeet Singh

Jan 7 2019 — Tom Parkin — Not paradoxically, a year in which the Trudeau Liberals spent precious little effort fixing the affordability of Canadian’s everyday life was also a year they invested considerable energy into messing with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s effort to win a Commons seat. And it goes deeper than just the long-running discourteous delay game. In early August, […]

The Liberals need to offer some government for the people

Nov 26 2018 — Tom Parkin — With this year’s fall fiscal update, it seems we’ve finally arrived at a politics in which people are no longer relevant to Ottawa. Between the competitive concerns of Canadian business and the affordability concerns of Canadian people, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau, in its mid-year fiscal update, didn’t simply choose to listen more to […]

Justin Trudeau’s Trump-like treatment of Jagmeet Singh

Oct 31 2018 — Tom Parkin — NAFTA may not be completely over—the problem of steel and aluminum tariffs are still outstanding—but the main drama of David versus Goliath is done. Of course, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the underdog in the NAFTA story, facing off against the despotic bully U.S. President Donald Trump, for whom, everyday, every decent Canadian has more […]

On the economy, is it Trudeau’s sunny ways or Singh’s rainy days?

Sep 17 2018 — Tom Parkin — Andrew Scheer is leader of the Official Opposition. He’s supposed to be focused on opposing the incumbent Liberal government. And working to replace it. But he has other problems. Maxime Bernier problems. You’d assume the Bernier split from the Conservative Party would put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the clear. And it might. But Conservative […]

Jagmeet Singh was right to call out Jason Kenney

Sep 9 2018 — Tom Parkin — Only ten days ago, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down Prime Minister Trudeau’s approval of the Trans Mountain project. The court found two failings in Trudeau’s approval. He failed to properly consult affected First Nations. He failed to consider increased tanker traffic on Canada’s Pacific Ocean environment. The court left a fairly specific road […]

Blame-throwers fired up in wake of pipeline fiasco

Sep 3 2018 — Tom Parkin — Rarely has there been such a monumental policy failure as the Trans Mountain pipeline. And now the politicians who brought you this disaster are lyin’ and blamin’ — when they should be apologizing. A quick look back. The National Energy Board reviewed the Trans Mountain project. The NEB recommended the Trudeau cabinet approve it and […]

Jagmeet Singh has ground to make up

Aug 13 2018 — Tom Parkin — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has put it all on the line. He’s running in a by-election in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South. A loss could be politically fatal. But with a win, the idea might start to catch on that the political class needs a swift kick in the pants. It’s pretty clear now […]

All this “illegal” border talk is just dog-whistle politics

Jul 23 2018 — Tom Parkin — From the start, NDP Immigration Critic Jenny Kwan has been calling out Conservative dog-whistle politics that falsely label refugees as law-breaking “illegals.” Good for her. Unfortunately, it’s been a lonely task. Canadian law is very clear: someone crossing our border at any place to claim asylum, whether the trip is made “directly or indirectly” from […]

Political gesturing on carbon pricing could cost Canadians billions

Jun 18 2018 — Tom Parkin — If you’re a fan of politicians who play cynical political games at public expense, good times are coming. The federal government’s carbon pricing legislation passed in the Senate last week. Across Canada, carbon pricing will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2019. Nine of 10 provinces already have carbon plans in place. But now a trio […]

A Horwath majority is best way to stop Ford

May 23 2018 — Tom Parkin — Ontarians are trying to find their way out a political morass to a fresh start. We may not make it. The collapse of the Kathleen Wynne‘s Liberals is the central fact of this election. Every poll shows the governing Liberals in third. And they’re third in every region, including Toronto 416, according to the Tuesday’s […]