National Newswatch

Trudeau stumbled into a trade war. That isn’t all Trump’s fault

Jun 14 2018 — Kevin Libin — Canadians have always ridiculed Americans for their cocky swagger and over-the-top patriotism but look who’s getting all jingoistic now. It’s hard to miss our trade-war drums beating with unseemly enthusiasm after Donald Trump’s angry reaction Sunday to our prime minister’s post-G7 press conference. Virtually overnight, boasts of being the globe’s great free traders and champions […]

Slim majority of Canadians disapprove of Ottawa buying Trans Mountain pipeline

Jun 4 2018 — — A small majority of Canadians say they are against Ottawa’s $4.5-billion purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, a dramatic change in sentiment about the project in roughly a week. A Forum Research poll of 969 Canadians found that 52 per cent of respondents disapprove of the federal government buying the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between […]

Trudeau’s carbon tax plan is close to blowing up in his face

Mar 16 2018 — Kevin Libin — Things have turned very much Jim Karahalios’s way lately, and they might not be done yet. If you haven’t heard of Karahalios, he was the noisy member of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives persecuted by his own party for refusing to let former leader Patrick Brown get away with making carbon taxes an official policy. Although […]

Canada is now playing hardball on trade with U.S. — good

Jan 11 2018 — Terence Corcoran — The NAFTA-is-dead movement gathered steam on Wednesday. Or maybe it’s just more hot air emanating from the whirling machinery of strategic negotiation leading up to the beginning of the Montreal Round of negotiations scheduled to begin Jan. 23. The prospect of NAFTA’s demise has long been a Trump administration product, mostly generated by the president’s […]

Canada still on pace to fall short of Paris target, despite ambitious climate policies: UN filings

Dec 30 2017 — — New projections released by Ottawa on Friday suggest Canada is well short of meeting its Paris commitments, even as the government continues to roll out ambitious climate policies expected to substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next 15 years. In its year-end filing to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), […]

Why Canada’s energy transition will face a big pushback in 2018

Dec 21 2017 — Claudia Cattaneo — From NAFTA renegotiations to the birth of the cannabis sector, plenty of game-changers impacted the economy in 2017, but — for better or for worse — the government-led energy transition packed the biggest punch. Governments in Alberta and Ottawa worked hand-in-hand to wean the economy away from the Western-Canadian based fossil fuel industry in favour […]

The Tories show they can act more unethically than Bill Morneau

Dec 1 2017 — Terence Corcoran — Somewhere the Andrew Scheer Conservatives must have policies and messages that counter the Trudeau government’s parade of unfocused fiscal and ideological spins. If the Tories continue to place the lynching of Finance Minister Bill Morneau as their top priority, voters may never find out whether Scheer offers meaningful and principled alternatives to the Liberals. That […]