National Newswatch

Could what happened in Washington last week happen here?

Jan 11 2021 — Michael Coren — If anything characterizes last week’s grotesque attempt to storm the Capitol building in Washington, it’s an almost surreal degree of paradox: Alleged patriots roaring their hatred of their country’s essence were joined by ostensible supporters of the police attacking cops — in one case, killing one — while supposed Christians, followers of the Prince of […]

Sloan Alone? Over to you, Mr. Toole

Dec 3 2020 — Michael Coren — Derek Sloan, the Conservative MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, is quite the star among the hard line conservative right. Earlier this year he questioned the national loyalties of Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and now he has sponsored a parliamentary e-petition that questions the safety of the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine. The petition […]

Trudeau duped by Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg

Nov 23 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the latest leader to be pranked by Russian YouTubers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who are also known as Vovan and Lexus. Earlier today, the prankster tandem released an animated video on Youtube of a telephone conversation they had with Trudeau last January, days after Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 […]

Canadians concerned with medically-assisted dying bill: poll

Nov 10 2020 — — A new poll shows Canadians continue to support medical assistance in dying (MAiD) but have concerns about expanding the bill. Last month the federal government reintroduced medical assistance in dying, Bill C-7, to remove “the requirement for a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible for MAiD” and “introduce a […]

Federal parties collected at least $2.9 million from emergency wage subsidy

Nov 10 2020 — Jolson Lim — Federal parties have together collected nearly $2.9 million through the emergency wage subsidy, according to figures provided to iPolitics. The Liberal, Conservative, New Democrat and Green parties have all received funds from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program this year, although the Liberals and Conservatives have chosen to stop collecting it. The Tories are […]

Christians cannot in good conscience vote for Trump

Nov 2 2020 — Michael Coren — The old adage about never mixing religion and politics is about as inane as it is ubiquitous. In North America, it’s applied mainly to Christianity, but Christianity is political, and has to be, because it was founded by a man who roared against injustice, and spoke of a better, more equal, and more communal world. […]

Process Nerd: What happens to backbench business in a minority House?

Oct 27 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Like so many of our less flashy parliamentary traditions, it was all overshadowed by the latest round of frantic will-they-or-won’t-they election speculation, but private members’ business is officially back on the daily House program — eight months late, but moving fast (with apologies to Douglas Adams). For anyone now guiltily realizing they hadn’t even noticed […]

Process Nerd: Is a proposal to create an ‘anti-corruption committee’ really a question of confidence?

Oct 20 2020 — Kady O'Malley — During a pre-sitting press conference a few minutes ago, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole suggested that his party may be putting forward a revised motion that, among other changes, would remove ‘anti-corruption’ from the name of the special committee. This analysis is based on the original motion, but will be updated to reflect the new text. […]

Process Nerd: How did WE Charity end up on the House affairs agenda?

Oct 5 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Given the near-constant power struggles that play out in a minority House setting, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, let alone a card-carrying Process Nerd, to learn that the first procedural skirmish of the fall sitting is already well underway. The latest battleground: The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which […]