National Newswatch

Debunking the Liberal tax-and-spend myth

Sep 21 2020 — Diane Francis — Liberals often share two common myths: that running deficits and racking up debt can continue indefinitely; and that there is no limit to how high taxes can be raised. Both must be debunked. Deficit spending may have to continue in the wake of the pandemic. But Canada’s problem is that the Liberals, pre-COVID, were a […]

The ‘woke minefield’ ahead of Erin O’Toole

Sep 18 2020 — — The mainstream media are predictably putting newly minted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole through its mandatory tests for adherence to centre-left orthodox precepts. Failure to conform means being labelled as out-of-step with Canadian values, intolerant and perhaps even as a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal (unless this subspecies of archaic humans becomes a protected historical class).

Is Erin O’Toole Trump North?

Sep 11 2020 — Terence Corcoran — When Erin O’Toole launched the all-new Conservative party onto the Canadian political scene this week, his first job — in answer to a persistent CBC reporter — was to assure everyone: I am not Donald Trump North. But with his Canada First economic strategy, O’Toole set himself up for questions to which the real answer […]

Let’s end silly season and talk serious policy again

Sep 3 2020 — Joe Oliver — Media attention is currently preoccupied with policies where political leaders are in violent agreement, like abortion, but will soon pivot to what will really affect Canadians and their future prosperity when we hear the speech from the throne later this month from an embattled Governor General. Erin O’Toole, the newly elected Conservative leader, is off […]

Erin O’Toole is the best man for the job

Aug 24 2020 — Diane Francis — Newly minted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is the right guy for the job. He will become Canada’s next prime minister. His acceptance speech was pitch perfect. His French was excellent. He reached out to Canadians of all regions and viewpoints with a pitch to consider the Conservatives as an alternative to the divisive, tainted and […]

Is there enough room under the bus for all the WE scandal’s victims?

Aug 6 2020 — Joe Oliver — So many implausible, self-serving and illogical explanations have been advanced to defend the prime minister’s involvement with the WE Charity student program that it is difficult to decide which to reject first. One evident purpose for all the imaginative argumentation from politicians, political operatives and public servants is to defend themselves by targeting victims, guilty […]

China is an enemy of the West, and Canada needs to act like it

Jul 17 2020 — Diane Francis — Huawei Technologies Co. is not a tech corporation. It is a weapon, created and subsidized by Beijing that ruthlessly gobbles up and spits out competitors and countries. It’s also pushing a technology that will spread China’s surveillance ability around the world. One of Huawei’s early victims was Nortel, Canada’s busted technology champion. Nortel had become […]

Time for Canada the punching bag to start hitting back at China

Jul 3 2020 — — The prime minister is right that we should not capitulate to China and free Meng Wanzhou, CFO of telecom giant Huawei, held on extradition charges in her Vancouver mansion, in exchange for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, brutally imprisoned in China on bogus charges of espionage. Although the Michaels and their families are suffering terribly, […]

Brace yourself for brutal tax hikes — and not just for the rich

Jun 11 2020 — Joe Oliver — Brace yourself! Massive financial support and unconstrained spending to counter an economic shutdown will lead to painful tax hikes. In terms of policy and politics, taxes come in two kinds: those that may be popular but generate precious little funds and hurt the economy and those that can generate substantial revenue but are sure vote-losers. […]

Shutting down the economy was hard. Reopening will be even harder

Jun 9 2020 — — As Canadians watched horrifying scenes of hospitals in northern Italy inundated by COVID-19 patients, the reality that the virus had escaped national boundaries and was coming to Canada became undeniable. With hospital beds, protective equipment, ventilators and even hand sanitizer in short supply here, Canadian governments took the painful but unavoidable decision to place much […]

This is why America burns

Jun 2 2020 — Diane Francis — America is a great country to live in as long as you’re not old, sick, black or poor. This was the reality in the 1960s, when I immigrated from the United States to Canada, and very little has changed since. To my mind, America’s failure to provide a more level playing field for its people […]