National Newswatch

Will Conservatives resist siren call of Trumpism?

Jan 20 2020 — Dan Leger — The campaign for the Conservative Party leadership officially is on, with more on the line than a job for one person yearning to become prime minister. In many ways, Canada’s idea of democracy is at stake. Unlike ever before, Conservatives face choices about what their party stands for and where it is headed. Will Conservatives […]

Australian bushfires hold lessons for the whole world

Jan 6 2020 — Dan Leger — Australia is so vast that even Canadians struggle to comprehend the scale of the disaster unfolding there now. Think Fort McMurray in 2016, only monstrously larger and with no end in sight. The Fort McMurray fires burned 589,000 hectares and caused $11 billion in damage with an epic firefighting battle that transfixed the country. Australia’s […]

To combat the climate crisis, we need total war

Jan 4 2020 — Lezlie Lowe — New year. New decade. And as we hit reset, we desperately need a new war. Because as I see it, we’ve got the 2020s to engage in a concerted battle against the climate emergency, and not much longer. So far, we’ve proven ourselves wholly incapable of doing the society-bending work required to save what we […]

Conservatives look back to the future

Dec 28 2019 — Jim Vibert — Red Tories show signs they might be back. A couple of former Liberal premiers are considered viable candidates for the federal Conservative leadership, so it’s safe to assume the party is open to all options, particularly those that line up to the centre of right. These are the fantasy-fuelled, fun-filled preliminaries that precede the serious […]

With Andrew Scheer out, will Peter MacKay seek the Conservative leadership?

Dec 12 2019 — — Former Central Nova MP has long been considered a possible contender to head party. With Andrew Scheer’s resignation, Peter MacKay will most likely be thrust into the limelight once again, as a possible successor to fill the Conservative Party leadership. It’s speculation that has surrounded MacKay, even before the Conservative Party failed to unseat Justin […]

Will federal cash fix national discord? Premiers think so

Dec 9 2019 — Dan Leger — Lately, I’ve found myself asking whether 2019 will some day be seen as the year disunity returned in force to Canada. Harmony is distinctly at a premium. Alberta’s government says national unity is threatened by the province’s economic swoon, which Canada didn’t do enough to prevent. Saskatchewan’s government says that province, too, is being crippled […]

Chrystia Freeland is Trudeau’s minister of everything

Nov 27 2019 — Dan Leger — In politics, the reward for strong performance in a difficult job is often an even harder job with tougher challenges. So it is for Chrystia Freeland, Justin Trudeau’s new deputy prime minister and envoy to the Liberal government’s two hottest trouble spots: Washington and the West. As deputy prime minister and minister for intergovernmental affairs, […]

Wexit firebrands suffer from a certain wacko factor

Nov 11 2019 — Dan Leger — Westerners, we’re forcefully told, are sick and tired of people speaking for them, whom they don’t like and didn’t vote for. That especially means Justin Trudeau and his Liberals, but really also anyone east of Winnipeg or near any coastline. Some Westerners are so fed up, they want to separate Alberta and Saskatchewan from Canada, […]

Kenney’s anti-Ottawa rhetoric is pure partisan politics

Oct 28 2019 — Dan Leger — Because politics always ends up being personal, losing at it hurts. For candidates, it’s direct rejection by an electorate of peers. For party supporters, their values and beliefs are being dismissed and that’s hard to take, too. Most defeated candidates swear off further adventures in elected politics, even if remaining active on the sidelines. Others […]

Time for ineffectual Scheer to go

Oct 28 2019 — — I hate to say it, but Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has to go. And in light of the delicate nature of today’s minority government situation, he needs to depart the political scene very soon. Yes, the Conservatives boosted their seat total, bested Justin Trudeau in the popular vote and reduced the federal Liberals to […]

Canadians aren’t warming to Scheer

Oct 15 2019 — Jim Vibert — Just about the last thing a leader wants to hear in the midst of an election campaign is speculation about his successor. Andrew Scheer got a taste of it last week when a story surfaced about some disgruntled Conservatives pondering a post-election putsch to depose him and install former Central Nova MP and Harper-government cabinet […]