National Newswatch

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 […]

Trudeau’s rush to unilaterally impose political correctness will generate backlash

Mar 22 2018 — Don Martin — It was a week the Liberals’ fixation with political correctness became politically incorrect. Amid a clear meltdown in Liberal government poll support, new moves on gender and tolerance issues were met by a head-shaking, eye-rolling, derision-snorting reaction from a public fed up with the excess of it all. The government’s proud plan to road-trip consultations […]

Great pipeline divide fracturing the national interest

Feb 8 2018 — Don Martin — The Great Divide forms the southern stretch of Rocky Mountain border between Alberta and British Columbia. Rain falling on the western side flows toward the Pacific. On the eastern slope, it gurgles toward the Atlantic or Arctic oceans. But this geographically defining landmark turned politically rocky this week with two premiers under the NDP flag […]