National Newswatch

MPs to vote on a new carbon-pricing exemption for farmers

Jan 27 2023 — — A private member’s bill that would exempt certain agricultural activities from the federal carbon price will be voted on when the House of Commons’ winter recess ends next week. The bill would amend the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to add natural gas and propane used to dry grain and heat livestock barns to […]

Danielle Smith just can’t quit the pandemic

Jan 24 2023 — Max Fawcett — As we approach the one-year anniversary of the anti-vaccine mandate occupation of Ottawa and nearly three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest, most Canadians are busy getting on with their lives. But there’s a tiny minority of the public that seems determined to spend the rest of their lives re-litigating the pandemic and […]

The ‘just transition’ act won’t cost Alberta jobs — but Danielle Smith might

Jan 20 2023 — Max Fawcett — It’s one of the immutable tropes of Canadian politics: conservative parties are better for the business community than their more progressive counterparts. But in her ongoing war against the reality of the federal government’s “just transition” legislation, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith seems determined to prove that wrong. After all, her province is in the midst […]

Danielle Smith is lying to Albertans about the ‘just transition’

Jan 18 2023 — Max Fawcett — Brace yourselves, folks. If you thought the conversation about the federal government’s so-called “just transition” couldn’t get any dumber, you’re about to be proven wrong. That’s because Alberta’s premier, her senior staffers and most of the province’s pundit class are pretending an internal federal government document from last June contains its plan for the imminent […]

Justin Trudeau just became Rachel Notley’s worst enemy

Jan 13 2023 — Max Fawcett — As Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP prepare for a spring election campaign, they have their sights trained squarely on Danielle Smith and her UCP government. But they ought to keep an eye on Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as well because they seem determined to play a role in May’s provincial election outcome — and not […]

A grand strategy for Canada in 2023?

Jan 11 2023 — Andrew Latham — In his recent year-end interview with the CBC, Gen. Wayne Eyre, Canada’s top military commander, warned once again that we are at a “turning point in the global order” and that Canada is simply not prepared for what lies around the geopolitical corner. Although he didn’t use the phrase, the upshot of his comments was […]

Free speech isn’t what Jordan Peterson thinks it is

Jan 10 2023 — Max Fawcett — I’m sorry. I really am. But we have to talk about Jordan Peterson. The controversial author and former University of Toronto professor is back in the news, this time for disciplinary action meted out by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and his predictably furious response to it. The college, which governs his activities as […]

Pierre Poilievre, political arsonist

Jan 7 2023 — Max Fawcett — For a party that won control of the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections, the Republicans are doing an awful lot of losing these days. For the first time in more than a century, they’ve been unable to elect a Speaker of the House as the Trumpist wing of their party continues to torpedo […]

Canada should resolve to make alcohol more expensive in 2023

Jan 4 2023 — Max Fawcett — If you’re like millions of holidayed-out Canadians, you’re probably planning to cut back on your alcohol consumption this month. This is an unalloyed good given the numerous health benefits associated with reducing or eliminating the consumption of alcohol. But if you’re not among those who have resolved to cut back, fear not: the Canadian Taxpayers […]

Alberta’s nationhood delusion

Dec 23 2022 — Max Fawcett — Alberta is a lot of things: wealthy, proud, indignant and endlessly controversial. But a nation? That’s the argument Danielle Smith and her allies in the local pundit class are trying to make in their quest to defend her Alberta Sovereignty Act. It fits within her overarching strategy of poking Ottawa directly in the eye with […]

Canada is not broken — but Pierre Poilievre’s approach is

Dec 20 2022 — Max Fawcett — The Christmas season is usually a time for giving, warmth and cheer. But that message doesn’t seem to have gotten through to Canada’s leader of the official Opposition, who is doing his best imitation of the Grinch. Canada, according to Pierre Poilievre, is “broken” — and apparently only he can fix it. Whether it’s inflation, […]

Keep it up, Poilievre, and you’ll deliver Trudeau a fourth term

Dec 14 2022 — Max Fawcett — It’s not often that Pierre Poilievre is at a loss for words. But on the morning after his first federal byelection as Conservative Party of Canada leader, one that saw his candidate in Mississauga-Lakeshore get shellacked by Liberal Charles Sousa, Poilievre’s social feeds were uncharacteristically quiet. Clearly, this was not the first impression with the […]

Sorry, Pierre — Trudeau’s pandemic spending was a success

Dec 10 2022 — Max Fawcett — The human mind is, for the most part, a wonderful and miraculous thing. But when it comes to storing and processing memories, it leaves something to be desired. “Remembering is an act of storytelling, after all,” Robert Nash, a psychologist with the U.K.’s Aston University, wrote in a piece for The Conversation in 2018. “And […]