National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau vs. the old boys

Jul 2 2020 — Paul Wells — There is a notion, apparently widespread, in the political alumni club that on some key issues we don’t actually have a prime minister. Here’s an odd thing about this interview Brian Mulroney gave the Globe the other day about Canada and China. As interventions from foreign-policy heavyweights of a certain age go, this one was […]

Inside the Canadian establishment’s fight with Trudeau over China

Jun 25 2020 — Paul Wells and Marie-Danielle Smith — Speaking with uncharacteristic clarity and force, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday flatly rejected growing pressure on his government to arrange the release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in hopes of securing the release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, currently jailed in China. “If the Chinese government concludes that [detaining Spavor and Kovrig] […]

While Trump eyes tariffs, Americans really want more Canada

Jun 24 2020 — Aaron Hutchins — A new poll of U.S. attitudes show that Americans want less ‘America first’ and a lot more Canada. A third of them would even prefer to live here. If you ask enough Americans, it really sounds like they think Canada is a better place to live. The majority of Americans think Canada has a better […]

What Americans don’t know… should worry us

Jun 22 2020 — — In 38 years polling public opinion you don’t only learn what people think. You learn a lot about what people don’t know. Our survey of Americans was fascinating but troubling. Many Americans know remarkably little about the world beyond their borders. Now you might say this isn’t new. But here’s what is new. Knowledge of […]

Brenda Lucki must go

Jun 20 2020 — Pamela Palmater — The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the anti-Indigenous racism within the RCMP. Commissioner Brenda Lucki has lead the RCMP for over two years and has done little to stop the racial profiling, harassment, over-arresting, brutality, sexualized violence and deaths of Indigenous peoples at the hands of RCMP. This racialized violence has continued against the backdrop […]

The Nova Scotia shooter case has hallmarks of an undercover operation

Jun 20 2020 — — The withdrawal of $475,000 in cash by the man who killed 22 Nova Scotians in April matches the method the RCMP uses to send money to confidential informants and agents, sources say. Gabriel Wortman, who is responsible for the largest mass killing in Canadian history, withdrew the money from a Brink’s depot in Dartmouth, N.S., […]

Why Canada fails on the world stage

Jun 17 2020 — Scott Gilmore — We were not elected to the United Nations Security Council today. There were two seats open and we were running against Ireland and Norway to fill them. Before I continue, I need to say a few things to my former colleagues in the Canadian Foreign Service who might be reading this. You are going to […]

The UN Security Council rout: Canada’s (at the) back!

Jun 17 2020 — Paul Wells — It’s important to resist the urge to overdramatize. Most of my pundit colleagues have spent years insisting there is no value in a United Nations Security Council seat. Fair enough: then hardly anything is lost if Canada doesn’t get one, right? And, as former Trudeau government staffer Jocelyn Coulon pointed out in his odd but […]

Stockwell’s day is done

Jun 8 2020 — Tabatha Southey — Last week, former Canadian Alliance leader and Conservative MP Stockwell Day resigned from Telus’s board of directors and stepped down as strategic adviser to a law firm McMillan LLP after he said that there was no systemic racism in Canada. Day’s remarks were made during a panel discussion about Black Lives Matter protests that was […]

Donald Trump, a Bible, and blasphemy

Jun 2 2020 — Michael Coren — If there is one thing we have discovered to our cost about Donald Trump it’s that he can always surprise us. Not with delight at his eloquence or empathy, or some desire for harmony and decorum, but in horror at some new presidential depth. And as the sun set over the capital of the United […]

How Canada has bungled the COVID-19 endgame

May 31 2020 — Amir Attaran — About two months ago, as Canada was thrust into a terrifying lockdown, I wrote a piece in Maclean’s asking “What does the COVID-19 endgame look like?” As a scientist I offered a roadmap for returning Canada to normalcy, and explained that it would be a long but predictable slog: first riding the lockdown to the […]