National Newswatch

The case of the missing infrastructure money

Mar 18 2019 — Tom Walkom — In 2015, Justin Trudeau won power on a promise to build infrastructure. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government had already committed billions of dollars to projects, such as roads, sewers and public transit. Trudeau’s Liberals pledged to commit billions more.

Singh not fully to blame for NDP woes

Jan 7 2019 — Tom Walkom — In politics, we are told, anything can happen. A week is an eternity and the predictions of experts may prove useless. For Canada’s federal New Democrats this credo — the possibility of a bright future — is the only good news. Because right now, the party is languishing. It is low in the polls, starved […]

Mad Max is proving he’s a political force

Nov 14 2018 — Tom Walkom — Pity Andrew Scheer. The federal Conservative leader still lags Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the polls. He is having trouble in Quebec. And now Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada threatens to be a serious contender for the right-wing vote. Bernier, 55, is not always treated seriously. Nicknamed Mad Max, the Quebec MP […]

Jagmeet Singh digging himself a deep hole

Sep 10 2018 — Tom Walkom — New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh has opened a new can of worms. His decision to bar sitting MP Erin Weir from contesting the NDP nomination in his own riding has sparked an open revolt in the Saskatchewan wing of the party. “There’s a lot of outrage,” former Saskatchewan NDP MP Lorne Nystrom, a 32-year […]

Nationalizing Trans Mountain pipeline a big mistake

May 29 2018 — Tom Walkom — The federal government’s decision to nationalize the Trans Mountain pipeline is deeply flawed. It is flawed politically because it doesn’t solve the real problem – which is that a good many British Columbians oppose any project that would increase the likelihood of heavy-oil spills along the Pacific Coast.

Rising Horwath means vulnerable Ford must produce his plan

May 24 2018 — Tom Walkom — When Ontario’s election campaign began earlier this month, it was enough for Tory leader Doug Ford to be the Anti-Wynne. A good many Ontarians were sick of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and ready to support whichever party leader was best-positioned to deny her another term in government.

Doug Ford’s media bus controversy is much ado about very little

Apr 9 2018 — Tom Walkom — Critics are ripping into Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford’s decision to campaign during the upcoming provincial election without a media bus in tow. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne accuses Ford of trying to avoid media scrutiny. Ontario New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath says she’s shocked at a decision that “flies in the face of […]

Singh did not succeed with Sikh violence answers

Mar 19 2018 — Tom Walkom — Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says the question of whether violence should ever be used to effect political change is a complex one. He’s right, of course. But his nuanced position may not be enough to satisfy the voters. Singh’s views on violence have been in the news since his election as NDP leader. In […]

Trump exposes how unprepared Canada is for the new world

Mar 7 2018 — Tom Walkom — The Trump tariff threat is a reminder of Canada’s free-trade dependency. Free trade with the U.S. and Mexico was supposed to unambiguously benefit this country. And in some ways, it did. But by integrating our industries so seamlessly into the U.S. economy it also left us even more vulnerable to the whims of American politics.

Patrick Brown the sole Red Tory in Ontario PC leadership melodrama

Feb 23 2018 — Tom Walkom — Ontario’s bizarre Progressive Conservative melodrama has entered a new phase of absurdity. Former leader Patrick Brown is considered too disreputable to sit in the Legislature as a Conservative. But he is apparently reputable enough to be the party’s leader again. He’s also the only candidate vying for the leadership who is running as a Red […]

Why Doug Ford has a good shot at becoming Ontario PC leader

Feb 7 2018 — Tom Walkom — Don’t count Doug Ford out. The former Toronto councillor is dismissed by many as a long shot in the Ontario Tory leadership race. He is said to be too right-wing, too angry and too controversial. Most Ontarians know him only as the brother of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, a man who until his death […]

Patrick Brown sex scandal boosts fortunes of Andrea Horwath and the NDP

Jan 25 2018 — Tom Walkom — Politically, the big winners from the Patrick Brown scandal are Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats. Until Brown was forced to resign Thursday as leader of the province’s Progressive Conservatives, his party had been, in effect, the default alternative to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s struggling Liberals. Voters might not know much about Brown (polls show that roughly […]