National Newswatch

What keeps economists up at night

Jul 13 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Bank of Canada governor TIFF MACKLEM will raise interest rates this morning. The big question: After consecutive 50-point hikes, how high will Macklem go? The governor will make his announcement via “video link,” a consequence of a recent bout with Covid. (The virus also kept an economist on Playbook’s rolodex from commenting on the news […]

Patrick Brown’s no good, very bad day

Jul 7 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today we delve into the drama surrounding PATRICK BROWN’s two-front fight for his political career. Plus, the Senate is a long way from net zero ambitions. And if you’re waiting for seatbelts on a school bus near you, don’t hold your breath.

The Speaker’s guilty pleasure

Jun 27 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today we’re in Chicago for the Great Lakes Economic Forum. POLITICO also has a team in the Bavarian Alps, so we bring news from the G-7. There’s more to tell about that UCP leadership bid that was not to be. Plus, we’re building a summer reading list and welcome your recommendations.

Planes, trains and mandate repeals

Jun 14 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today, a new era in vaccine mandates approacheth. Plus, the deputy PM will defend the invocation of the Emergencies Act at committee. Plus, the overhaul of broadcasting laws will rush through another committee. Plus, have you never heard of the World War 2 ship landing craft that sank off the coast of Vancouver Island?

Why the Aga Khan is trending in the House

Apr 28 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — ANATOMY OF AN OPPO NARRATIVE — So many headaches start with a BOB FIFE byline. A generation of political staffers break out in hives at even the sight of the name. The Globe and Mail’s Fife is at it again this week, along with byline partner JOY SPEARCHIEF-MORRIS. They’ve dragged a five-year-old scandal about Prime […]

Why Chrystia Freeland is losing sleep

Apr 14 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today, we pull out quotable quotes from CHRYSTIA FREELAND’s budget road show on Wednesday. Plus, we have hard lessons learned on Tory leadership campaigns past — and entertaining findings from government-commissioned polling on the RCAF’s logo.

The post-budget show-and-tell-a-thon

Apr 12 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today, we take a look at the shrinking group of Conservative MPs who have yet to pick sides in the leadership race. Keep reading for a deep dive into poll-by-poll results in key ridings — including maps. We also track the budget roadshow that’s sweeping the nation.

Three more sleeps until Budget Day

Apr 4 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today, we wake up to Budget Week and all its orchestrated dribs and drabs of leaks. Also, the Tory leadership race burbles along far away from Ottawa. And we keep talking about how the heck to fix Canada’s troubled defense procurement system.

What the PMO might be thinking

Mar 31 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — here’s a lot going on. Covid’s latest wave, the sixth depending on where you live, is washing over Canadian cities. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is more than a month old. Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU and NDP leader JAGMEET SINGH inked an historic cooperation pact, variously referred to as either a supply-and-confidence agreement and/or a coalition.

More: childcare. Less: carbon.

Mar 29 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Ontario signs on to the federal childcare plan. Ottawa announces its preferred fighter jet for an ailing Air Force fleet. And today’s the day that Liberals finally announce concrete plans to reduce emissions. Phew.

Straight talk on Tory strategy

Mar 25 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Former Conservative MP LEONA ALLESLEV, who was at the Metropolitain’s big bash on Wednesday and had people with clipboards gathering signatures, launched a Tory leadership website. It’s not exactly brand new. The vigilant wayback machine captured a March 13 version that featured the very same campaign logo — a maple leaf in three shades of […]

Sorry Ukraine, we ran out of guns

Mar 17 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today, we bring news of a new Tory leadership campaign and the veteran strategist who’s managing it. Another longtime Conservative brings three hard truths to everyone watching the movement and drops a bomb about the base’s voting problem. And it sure seems like a pile of new military spending could find its way into the […]

Mayor Brown’s path to victory

Mar 14 2022 — Nick Taylor-Vaisey — Today is Monday, and PATRICK BROWN is hoping to style himself a comeback kid. We asked a Liberal MP to remember what it was like the first week Covid shut down Ottawa. And a titan of Canada’s labor movement hangs up his skates.