National Newswatch

Process Nerd: PM to invoke Emergencies Act. What’s next?

Feb 14 2022 — Kady O'Malley — It hasn’t officially happened just yet, but with multiple news outlets reporting that Justin Trudeau may finally be ready to become the first prime minister to invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with the rolling cross-country anti-vaccine mandate protests, here’s a quick overview of exactly how that might play out in the parliamentary arena. For […]

In the universe of religious fundamentalism, madness is normal

Feb 11 2022 — Michael Coren — On Wednesday, Franklin Graham, son of Billy and one of the world leaders of conservative evangelicalism, tweeted to his 2.3 million followers: “The squeaky wheel always gets the grease. Great news: Several provinces in Canada are beginning to pull back from #COVID19 mandates. Thank you to the Freedom Convoy and all those who made sure […]

Process Nerd: How MPs can keep spotlight on COVID protests

Feb 8 2022 — Kady O'Malley — It’s hard to imagine a more fitting way for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end what had become an increasingly conspicuous COVID-imposed absence from the precinct than with a surprise in-person appearance in the House of Commons during the opening round of last night’s emergency debate on the rolling anti-vaccine mandate protests currently underway in […]

O’Toole may have goofed by supporting the ‘Freedom Convoy’

Jan 31 2022 — — “To be totally blunt with you, Mr. O’Toole: What are you thinking?” Reporter Justin Ling’s exasperated question struck a chord with anyone listening to Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s news conference last week. O’Toole decided to meet Freedom Convoy 2022 truckers on Friday, who, over the course of the last two days, desecrated the Tomb of […]

Ontario’s social conservatives are a force Ford must reckon with

Jan 13 2022 — Michael Coren — The crucial thing to understand about Ontario Premier Doug Ford is that he’s a pragmatist, which is a gentle, even complimentary, way to explain his political shape-shifting, inconsistency, and sometimes downright confusing politics and leadership of the past three years. More an anachronistic 1960s populist than a right-wing ideologue, Ford seems to govern according to […]

Creating jobs and fighting climate change by buying clean

Dec 14 2021 — — Parliament is beginning its term on the heels of the devastating flooding in B.C. and the global COP26 climate summit. Climate action is high on the agenda, as the recent speech from the throne reiterated. “We have the raw materials and skilled workforce to produce the clean products that the world will need to cut […]

Abortion warnings from south of the border

Dec 2 2021 — Michael Coren — Taking achievements for granted is one of the greatest errors in the political handbook. Always be on guard, be ever vigilant. Yet activists and elected representatives are constant culprits in this regard, and that partly explains how in the U.S. there is a genuine possibility that abortion rights, women’s reproductive autonomy, could soon be harshly […]

Process Nerd: What happened in the House after the throne speech

Nov 24 2021 — Kady O'Malley — Let’s face it: When it comes to the made-for-TV pageantry of a speech from the throne — particularly when it ushers in the start of a whole new parliament — the most closely-watched portion of the program is, not surprisingly, the speech itself, although in a minority setting, the political reaction to the contents can […]

Believe it or not, I actually feel sorry for Erin O’Toole

Nov 16 2021 — Michael Coren — I need to share a secret. I actually feel rather sorry for Erin O’Toole. There, I’ve said it. I don’t know him, but his father was a regular guest on my old television show, and while I didn’t share his politics, he always evinced a certain decency. I’ve a feeling that the quality was passed […]

Canada has an ‘inactivity crisis,’ according to ParticipAction

Nov 10 2021 — Janet E Silver — During the long pandemic-imposed lockdowns that shut down gyms and recreational facilities across the country in 2020, many Canadians became more sedentary: working from home, drinking more, and consuming a less healthy diet, all of which contributed to what health advocacy group ParticipAction warns is a crisis of physical inactivity. According to Canada’s guide for […]

The Conservative challenge with a ‘civil liberties caucus’

Nov 8 2021 — Andrew Perez — In the aftermath of the Sept. 20 federal election, media and political pundits have unsurprisingly been focused on the more pressing stories dominating the news cycle: stories that, for the most part, have not included Erin O’Toole’s Conservative party. But that all changed last Thursday with bombshell news – initially reported by The Hill Times […]

Process Nerd: How standoff in House vaccine rules could play out

Oct 25 2021 — Kady O'Malley — Before we get started, a behind-the-scenes programming note: The original working headline for this piece was “3 ways the House COVID-19 vaccine standoff” — which, as it stands, has Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his caucus on one side and every other party on the other — “could play out.” It soon became apparent, however, […]

The Tories can challenge O’Toole’s leadership in three ways

Sep 26 2021 — — After his party lost the election on Monday, Erin O’Toole has said he intends to stay on as leader of the Conservatives, but some members say it’s time for him to go. The federal Tories won 119 seats, two fewer than in 2019, when 121 MPs were elected under Andrew Scheer’s leadership. The latter wasn’t […]

Conservative Christianity and the PPC

Sep 22 2021 — Michael Coren — Nobody ever thought they’d be a serious contender for government but whether we like it or not, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) made an impression in this election. They came nowhere close to winning a seat but damaged Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s chances, and tripled their support from 2019, when they averaged a mere […]