National Newswatch

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 […]

The Trudeau government overlooks China’s dangerous duplicities just to land a trade deal

Oct 26 2017 — Shuvaloy Majumdar — Most of what Canadians read and hear about modern China occupies a narrow space between calculated dishonesty and aggressive deception. A Chinese economy still overwhelmingly run through politicized structures is portrayed as a hub of free enterprise. A state ruled by a despotic clique is sold as a forward-thinking global leader. A regime bent on […]

Why the rich should revolt — and it’s not for the reasons they think

Sep 15 2017 — Terence Corcoran — On July 15, a beautiful 26 C summer day in Ottawa, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Justin Trudeau government’s plan to revamp tax rules for small business corporations. The Liberals say these corporations — formally known as Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations — take advantage of giant tax loopholes that Canada’s wealthy use to dodge billions […]

‘Extremely disappointing:’ clean tech firms hit hard by U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Jun 2 2017 — — Canadian clean-technology companies said it’s “extremely disappointing” that U.S. President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, but believe state-level green legislation still represents an opportunity. Stock prices at domestic clean-tech companies plunged this week amid reports Trump would take the U.S., the world’s second largest emitter and Canada’s largest trading partner, […]

Justin Trudeau is suddenly the new enemy of the militant climate crusade

Apr 19 2017 — Kevin Libin — Another day, another disappointment for Bill McKibben. The eco-activist, author and co-founder of the anti-carbon lobby group, confessed Monday that he’s been let down yet again, this time by our own prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Worse, McKibben wrote in the U.K.’s Guardian, Trudeau has proven himself to be phonier than even Donald Trump. The […]