National Newswatch

Who’s behind the anti-Andrew Scheer ad airing during Raptors game?

Jun 10 2019 — — If you’re watching Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Canada, you’ll see a 30-second ad from an organization called Engage Canada attacking Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Where did the group get the cash to pay for a Toronto Raptors playoff commercial that could cost upwards of $50,000? The group is hesitant to say. Tabitha […]

Last words from Parliament’s nearly departed

Jun 6 2019 — Don Martin — Amid the frantic push to complete the government agenda, forcing increasingly-cranky MPs to sit past midnight many nights, some of the better speeches are being delivered in the House of Commons. They’re coming from the MPs saying farewell to politics, either because they’re sick of the place, fed up with the toxicity of the job […]

Gen. Vance’s leadership is no longer worth saluting

May 23 2019 — Don Martin — It’s easy to kneejerk a demand for the prime minister to resign, as the Conservatives do on the flimsiest of pretexts. It requires a lot more evidence to hoist a question mark over the leadership of the Canadian Armed Forces. But beyond Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance’s rushed judge and jury execution of Vice-Admiral […]

It’s a charade, but question period is the only answer

May 16 2019 — Don Martin — Today was the 13th question period in the House of Commons this month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has attended just three of them, only one being on a Wednesday when he dances around every opposition query. Mind you, Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer hasn’t exactly earned a gold star for House attendance. He’s only made […]

The fall guy could be the general who suspended Mark Norman

May 9 2019 — Don Martin — The vindication of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman comes with a potential casualty. Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance comes out of this mess set up to be a fall guy. It was Vance, acting on the faintest shadow of suspicion, who quickly threw Norman under the proverbial LAV. It was Vance who publicly declared that he […]