National Newswatch

Why wouldn’t politicians be among the first to be vaccinated?

Dec 17 2020 — John Milloy — Politicians should be among the first Canadians to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Could you imagine if someone seriously made that suggestion? It seems unfathomable. As Susan Delacourt pointed out in a recent Toronto Star column, elected officials are on their guard to avoid “any suggestion that they’re using their positions to secure immunity before their […]

Erin O’Toole wants China’s ambassador to Canada to publicly apologize to Canadians, or be kicked out

Oct 16 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s Global Affairs officials summoned China’s top diplomat in Canada for a private dressing down Thursday after remarks he made warning Canada against offering political asylum to Hong Kong democracy activists. But Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says if Ambassador Cong Peiwu does not publicly apologize for his “belligerent” comments, which O’Toole called a threat to […]

Ford is an opportunist who has an answer for every question, but is it the right answer?

Nov 5 2018 — John Milloy — Although I am not Doug Ford’s biggest fan, I do have some grudging respect for his political prowess. His ability to tap into Ontarians’ frustrations is impressive. Smart politics, however, doesn’t always equal good policy. A perfect example is the premier’s crusade against the way Ontario’s schools teach math. The Tories recently made the surprise […]

Our dirty little secret: No one has a monopoly on fairness

Oct 16 2018 — John Milloy — What do debates over Canada’s refugee policy, Ontario’s basic income pilot and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination all have in common? It can be summed up in one word — fairness. Like so many policy discussions taking place today, proponents on both sides of these issues are desperately trying position themselves as representing the only […]

Justin Trudeau’s sunny days about to end

Sep 10 2018 — Geoffrey Stevens — Summer is usually the best of times for the party in power in Ottawa. With Parliament in recess, ministers have the stage largely to themselves, free to announce whatever they wish with as much spin — and as little explanation — as they choose. The opposition parties are left to whine about high-handed government while […]

Congratulations on winning the election — now what?

Jun 9 2018 — John Milloy — Elections by their very nature produce those who are victorious and those who are defeated. For both, the resulting upheaval to their lives can be dramatic. Thursday’s provincial election was no exception. For some, it means heading to Queen’s Park as a newly elected Member of Provincial Parliament. For others, it marks the end of […]

Where are Trudeau and his selfies now?

Aug 24 2016 — Andrew Dreschel — Well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is finally showing its age. It’s less than a year old and it’s acting like it. It’s still learning to walk, it’s still learning to touch, and it’s still learning all sorts of new ways to politically drool over itself and others. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is the latest […]

Jack Layton’s legacy endures five years after his death

Aug 22 2016 — — Love transcended sorrow in August 2011 when Canadians gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to bid farewell to the late Jack Layton. Thousands scrawled their goodbyes in chalk that covered the walls and concrete tiles, transforming the plaza in front of Toronto City Hall into a spontaneous memorial. The flames of orange candles flickered in the […]

The politics of Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s wardrobe

Nov 12 2015 — — Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has all the hallmarks of a style-icon-in-the-making with many ready to brand her Canada’s Kate Middleton. They both married into a dynasty and share a glossy mane, but that’s where the comparisons end. It’s almost impossible to picture The Duchess, for instance, walking her kids to school in a pair of distressed denim […]