National Newswatch

A year later, Trump election produces regret, blind loyalty

Nov 6 2017 — Dan Leger — There ought to be a law stipulating that disputation between contesting parties in an election may continue for a post-election period not exceeding 12 months. After that, the winner must knock it off, accept responsibility and run the province/state/country. Wednesday is the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory and a reminder why such a law […]

In politics, all that matters is the cherished middle class

Oct 30 2017 — Dan Leger — If anything is clear in the dirty fog of today’s politics, it is that the much-beloved “middle class” is still whom to woo for success and power. The very title of the government’s fall fiscal update, “Progress for the Middle Class,” reminds us of this indisputable fact. Every party imagines itself as the one true […]

Free speech: handle with care

Oct 29 2017 — Gail Lethbridge — You may or may not agree with Dalhousie student Masuma Khan’s comments about “white fragility.” And you will probably have an opinion on her boycott of the Canada 150 celebrations. You might think her “kiss-my-ass” comment is rude. But whatever your opinion on Khan, her actions, views or choice of words, there is a fundamental […]

Is Canada headed into a new period of national disunity?

Oct 23 2017 — Dan Leger — Few political situations are as tricky to manage as those involving what we used to call “national unity,” a vague concept more properly defined as “what Quebec wants now.” Managing is most difficult when Quebec has been frustrating the interests of other provinces for internal reasons that are baffling to non-Québécois. It happens to be […]

Morneau’s credibility meltdown spectacular

Oct 22 2017 — Jim Meek — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has seen the enemy and it is he — or “him” if you like the language of the street. It turns out Morneau was the guy using a tax loophole; he was the multi-millionaire with a secret villa in France; he was the cabinet minister who waited till his neck was […]

With NAFTA on the ropes, it’s time for drastic measures

Oct 16 2017 — Dan Leger — It would be worthwhile knowing if Stephen Harper has been consulted about the North American free trade negotiations now stumbling toward an uncertain conclusion. If he hasn’t, he should be. Harper happened to be in Washington last week at the same time Justin Trudeau was there for NAFTA-related talks with President Trump. Harper is now […]

Why don’t we all get a piece of that sweet tax-break action?

Oct 9 2017 — Dan Leger — I know what I’m going to do pronto if the Conservatives and the business lobby manage to stifle the Liberal government’s tax reforms. I’m going to incorporate and grab some of that sweet tax relief for myself. As a self-employed writer in the lucrative freelance journalism industry, I stupidly have been paying my full share […]

Toss Trudeau’s misbegotten tax scheme onto the ash heap

Oct 7 2017 — Jim Meek — Aside from the duplicity of the Trudeau government’s tax attack on small business, you have to question the politics at play. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s tax “reforms” have Liberal backbenchers squirming in their constituencies, friendly premiers worried about losing doctors to the United States, and old allies questioning their loyalty to the Grits. Admittedly, Canadians […]

Some people don’t know how to handle their own free speech

Sep 25 2017 — Dan Leger — A few years back, I got schooled on the meaning of free speech. It came after I wrote something I felt strongly about but had not thought completely through. In a column, I argued that Roman Catholic priests and bishops should shut up about moral issues like abortion and same-sex marriage because of their own […]

New navy ship is one that got away from Irving Shipbuilding

Sep 11 2017 — Dan Leger — Idlers on the shores of Halifax Harbour will no doubt soon notice the arrival of a new resident ship. Utilitarian in design and attired in a fresh coat of naval grey, Motor Ship Asterix will steam into a berth in the naval dockyard. From there, MS Asterix will be visible from the Irving Shipyard next […]

Scheer gives clearest signal yet of Canadians’ rejection of Trumpism

Sep 5 2017 — Dan Leger — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has issued a clear signal about where he expects Canadian Conservatives to stand on the race-and-class politics of the contemporary United States. He isn’t buying. In selecting his “shadow cabinet” last week, Scheer did more than just dole out critic titles and adjust the hierarchy of his parliamentary caucus. He demonstrated […]

Trudeau should be careful about Trump Whisperer role

Sep 3 2017 — Peter McKenna — With the NAFTA renegotiations off to a rough start, and given his calculated efforts to ingratiate himself to U.S. President Donald Trump, perhaps Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take a page from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s book. At the beginning of their first encounter at Trump Tower in New York, Abe presented then-U.S. president-elect […]