National Newswatch

Why bigger isn’t always better in building a new cabinet

Jul 18 2018 — Don Martin — It’s bigger, but that’s not to say it is any better. Boosted by five new ministers—who in turn will be bolstered by plenty of support staff and the costly perks of executive office—the Trudeau election-ready cabinet is bordering on bloated with overlaps and carved-out creations aimed at tackling nagging problems. Yet there’s never been proof […]

MPs mulling their political best-before dates

Jul 12 2018 — Don Martin — It’s that time of the pre-election cycle when MPs ponder their private lives and then take the pulse of their ridings to gauge the odds of being rewarded with re-election or facing the risk of a voter pink slip. A dozen MPs are on the way out so far, but more are expected to engage […]

On Kenney’s Trudeau attack, stupid is as stupid does

May 17 2018 — Don Martin — Seemingly without provocation this week, the Official Opposition Leader in Alberta decided to blast the prime minister as stupid. Jason Kenney seems to be very proud of his hyper derision in the Calgary Sun, refusing to recant after belittling Justin Trudeau as “empty” and having “the political depth of a finger bowl” incapable of digesting […]

Sajjan says Harper’s endorsement of Trump’s Iran decision ‘not helpful’

May 10 2018 — — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan broke from the prime minister and foreign minister’s message track on Stephen Harper co-signing a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times hailing U.S. President Donald Trump’s leadership on Iran, saying it was out of line for the former prime minister to do so. In an interview with […]

Trudeau apology tour dilutes the value of saying sorry

May 10 2018 — Don Martin — Saying sorry is the hardest word for politicians. It’s either viewed an admission of wrongdoing or a show of weakness. But Justin Trudeau has taken aim at becoming the greatest apologist in our history. In fact, the prime minister is apologizing for most of our history as regrets roll out, some for actions predating the […]

Erin Weir investigation worthy of being seen as a witch hunt

May 3 2018 — Don Martin — Even Erin Weir admits it. He’s socially awkward and doesn’t always pick up the signs he’s overstayed his welcome when talking to others. The rookie MP from Saskatchewan looms large physically and has strong opinions, but colleagues confide he’s basically a harmless policy wonk with an economics background. In other words, he’s among the unlikeliest […]

Canada stuck with overpriced beer and provincial monopolies

Apr 19 2018 — Don Martin — It was never just about the beer — although, as an occasional cross-border suds shopper, there may be a conflict of personal interest here. The case of Gerard Comeau was a crucial legal fight aimed at ending protectionism for a myriad of goods and services controlled by provincial monopolies or regulations which impose higher prices […]

On energy, distrusting a PM named Trudeau is in Albertans’ DNA

Apr 12 2018 — Don Macpherson — You need a double-helix wrapping of Alberta DNA to appreciate the visceral anger raging against British Columbia for its legally-suspect Trans Mountain pipeline stalling tactics. After living there for 22 years, including surviving the first Trudeau’s National Energy Program, I’ve found it painfully easy to understand why the Alberta legislature is seething with all-party fury […]

Political hot air to blame for pending carbon pricing failure

Apr 5 2018 — Don Martin — On the same day as a think tank of economists found most Canadians don’t understand carbon pricing, the federal environment minister proved she doesn’t understand taxpayers. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says if Ontario’s Doug Ford or Alberta’s Jason Kenney win their respective elections and refuse to collect a carbon tax – as both seem likely […]