National Newswatch

Facing a demographic shift, Quebec doubles down on its language laws

May 17 2021 — Diane Francis — Quebec’s radical proposed language legislation, Bill 96, which was tabled last week, was predicted by a demographer who published an analysis in January that highlights the negative effects of immigration on French language in the province. “My results demonstrate that ethnic French-Canadians are declining, and demographer Marc Termote has pointed out on multiple occasions that […]

The budget’s intergenerational transfer of debt and risk is unprecedented, but to what purpose?

May 11 2021 — Kevin Lynch and Paul Deegan — Now that the hoopla has faded and the Parliamentary Budget Officer and others, including ourselves, have waded through the 9-megabyte, 724-page federal budget, it is much clearer what kind of beast it both is and is not. As a political statement, it should yield electoral dividends. As an economic statement, it favours short-term consumption over […]

Will Liberal failures and lapses never end?

May 7 2021 — Joe Oliver — Will the Liberal government’s costly blunders and moral lapses never end? In the past few weeks Canadians have been subjected to assaults on their health, economic wellbeing and fundamental values. Yet by skillfully and cynically exploiting the pandemic, shifting blame to the provinces, claiming undeserved credit, never admitting fault and — especially — doling out […]

Progressive profligacy will bring prolonged pain

Apr 22 2021 — Joe Oliver — Sadly, it was predictable. Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled a profligate, something-for-everyone budget, with scant attention to affordability, economic growth or intergenerational fairness. As I forecast in a recent column that it would, it contains “extravagant spending in the guise of investment, undeserved self-congratulation, wokeness on steroids, empty promises of fiscal rectitude and soak-the-rich […]

Waiting 25 months for Godot’s first pandemic budget

Mar 25 2021 — Joe Oliver — Last Friday marked two years since the last federal budget, the longest such gap ever, including during two world wars. So it is timely to consider the significance of the unprecedented delay, the parlous state of Canada’s finances and the possible content of the budget, all while waiting for Godot, who now apparently will show […]

Why devastating Texas power outages are unlikely in Ontario

Feb 23 2021 — Joe Oliver — A massive power outage in Texas during winter storm Uri produced state-wide shock and outrage. The electricity operator shut down more than a third of the grid, leaving up to four million people without power, with 30 deaths and economic damage estimated at US$18 billion. Bitter cold hiked demand for electricity and slashed the output […]

Trudeau paved the way for Biden’s rejection of Keystone

Jan 27 2021 — Joe Oliver — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a taste of his own medicine when on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden dealt a body blow to the Canadian energy industry by cancelling the partly-built $8-billion Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. What Biden did to our country was hardly different from what Trudeau had inflicted on us before. And for […]

American domestic terrorism presents a threat to Canada

Jan 12 2021 — Diane Francis — Canada is not immune from the hate crimes and domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists that afflicts the United States. The difference is that the Americans have pneumonia and, so far, we only have a cold. Last week’s riot in Washington, D.C., provides the most shocking example of the grave and present threat gripping the […]

The slow arrival of vaccines is costing lives

Jan 7 2021 — Joe Oliver — The slow arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is the latest setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in confronting the biggest challenge of his political career. His overarching responsibility is to reduce the number of infections and mortality from the pandemic and mitigate its devastating impact on the economy. Tragically for the country, that delay extends the […]

The ghost of Trudeau père

Dec 23 2020 — — Fathers have to deal with sons, and sons with fathers. Such is life since a couple of globs in the primordial goop invented sexual reproduction. Justin Trudeau is into his second government and sixth year in power. We can now begin to compare father and son, each born to wealth, each seen as a dilettante […]

Net-zero would be net-negative for Canadians

Dec 8 2020 — Joe Oliver — The long-heralded Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act sets out a radical target: remove or offset all manmade greenhouse gases by 2050. In spite of its vainglorious billing, Bill C-12 constitutes a betrayal of serious purpose to environmentalists, as well as a menacing assault on jobs and growth to economists, businesses owners and anyone else who cares […]

Are Canadians really sure who we should be rooting for?

Nov 4 2020 — Joe Oliver — As the vote-counting in the U.S. election moves through its endgame, most Canadians are worried. Quite a few are carriers of the Trump derangement syndrome who cannot discuss the current president without reference to his real or imagined moral failings, mendacity, bellicose behaviour and racist dog whistles. Moreover, they are psychologically incapable of distinguishing between […]