National Newswatch

Canada needs to quit Queen Elizabeth

Dec 7 2021 — Max Fawcett — Should Canada get rid of the Royal Family? It’s the debate that, like the 95-year-old Queen herself, just keeps on going. Now, after the tiny country of Barbados kicked the monarchy to the curb, Canadians are asking whether we should do the same. According to a recent Angus Reid poll, more than half of us […]

Why Conservatives are terrified to give teens the vote

Dec 3 2021 — Max Fawcett — Between COVID and climate change, Canada’s teenagers have a lot on their minds these days. That might help explain why there’s a renewed push to give more of them the ability to participate in our democratic process. On Tuesday, a group of young Canadians launched a court challenge to overturn the section of the Canada […]

Here’s what’s causing inflation in Canada

Nov 30 2021 — Max Fawcett — It wasn’t that long ago that the Conservative Party of Canada prided itself on being literate on the important economic and financial issues of the day. But if the party’s ever-deepening obsession with inflation (and insistence on pinning it to the prime minister) is any indication, those days are over. Instead, they seem content to […]

Musicians want Trudeau to put climate crisis at the top of his playlist

Nov 29 2021 — — With massive floods in British Columbia on the heels of a summer of wildfires, the impacts of climate change are undeniable just days after COP26 in Glasgow ended with weak commitments to tackle the climate emergency. This comes as Canada, through its inaction on climate for the past 30 years, has demonstrated time and time […]

The hypocrisy and danger of UCP’s awful attack on Suzuki

Nov 24 2021 — Max Fawcett — David Suzuki has been a lot of things over the course of his 85 years: a scientist, a television personality, a grandfather and, through it all, a dedicated environmentalist. But a terrorist? That’s the label some people in Alberta, including the premier and his environment minister, are trying to stick on him in the wake […]

Conservatives must reckon with our climate grief

Nov 23 2021 — Max Fawcett — In punditry, as in politics, timing is everything. And when it comes to Joe Oliver’s recent column on the “green pain” that’s apparently being inflicted by the Trudeau government, the timing is about as bad as it gets. After all, just as the former Harper-era natural resources and finance minister was waxing poetic about “costly […]

Steven Guilbeault: Canada makes a positive contribution at COP26

Nov 22 2021 — — The 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is behind us and the climate crisis continues. These two things we know. Public post-mortems on the latest global climate conference are underway, with assessments ranging from apocalyptic to cautiously optimistic. I’ll leave the handicapping to others.

No, Saskatchewan, you’re not a nation

Nov 18 2021 — Max Fawcett — Anything Alberta can do, Saskatchewan can do worse. It’s become one of the iron laws of Canadian politics over the last few years, and it was borne out most recently by Scott Moe’s refusal to learn from Jason Kenney’s lethal “best summer ever.” After watching Alberta’s premier tip his province’s health-care system into crisis, Moe […]

Lethal mix of cascading climate impacts hammers B.C.

Nov 17 2021 — — After a devastating wildfire season that reduced towns to ash and a heat dome that killed hundreds, climate breakdown is again threatening British Columbians, as torrential rain pummelled the province Monday, causing landslides and floods that destroyed key infrastructure and took at least one life. The extreme weather was caused by an “atmospheric river” that […]

Conservatives dominate Twitter and Facebook. So why are they complaining?

Nov 8 2021 — Max Fawcett — For as long as conservatives have waged culture wars in Canada they’ve complained the media and information landscape on which they fight those battles is biased against them. This is mostly self-serving fiction, given the editorial boards of our country’s newspapers consistently, and often overwhelmingly, endorse the conservative party of the moment. But a pair […]