National Newswatch

Jason Kenney defeated himself

May 19 2022 — Max Fawcett — Always bet on chaos. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after spending more than a decade in Alberta, it’s that politics here inevitably gravitates towards the most dramatic outcome. The long-running UCP leadership review, one that saw Jason Kenney receive just 51.4 per cent support from the 34,000-plus ballots cast, is just the latest data […]

Del Duca nips at Ford’s heels in race for Ontario

May 12 2022 — Max Fawcett — Political coverage is often criticized for focusing too much on the horse race aspects, and that’s especially true during an election campaign. But sometimes, a horse race is a perfect metaphor for politics. Last week at the Kentucky Derby, an 80-1 long shot named Rich Strike moved from the back of the pack to win […]

Environmental groups take federal government to court over Bay du Nord

May 11 2022 — — Environmental groups announced today they are suing to overturn the federal government’s approval of Bay du Nord, Canada’s first deepwater oil drilling site. In April, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault approved Bay du Nord, stating the project was environmentally sound. He determined the project, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s, “is not […]

Don’t let Doug Ford and his PCs duck the abortion question

May 11 2022 — Supriya Dwivedi — Any time the issue of abortion comes up in the Canadian news cycle, the way we talk about it is riddled with errors, both in terms of its legal history as well as its primary jurisdiction. For starters, many people erroneously believe the Morgentaler decision in 1988 decriminalized abortion, whereas the procedure was actually decriminalized […]

How Roe v. Wade could change the Conservative leadership race

May 5 2022 — Max Fawcett — For weeks now, Pierre Poilievre has been campaigning on a pledge to “fire the gatekeepers” and make Canada “the freest country on Earth.” In a recent YouTube video, he suggested “freedom is like oxygen. You only notice it when it is gone.” But now, as millions of Americans gasp for metaphorical air in the wake […]

For better or worse, this election is Doug Ford’s to lose

May 4 2022 — Max Fawcett — Bribing voters with their own money is a time-tested political strategy, but few have ever taken it to the level Doug Ford’s government just did. In their April budget, the Progressive Conservatives promised Ontarians a record $198.6 billion in spending, including major new allocations for highways, transit and health care. That’s $40 billion more than […]

Canada can and must get out of fossil energy

May 3 2022 — — Despite some good plans and initiatives, Canada is shirking its international climate obligations. Its recent approval of the Bay du Nord offshore oil megaproject in Newfoundland and Labrador and its substantial investments in experimental carbon capture technology fly in the face of warnings from climate, economic and public health experts about the dangers of exploiting […]

Pierre Poilievre is racking up the most endorsements in the CPC leadership race. But will it matter?

May 2 2022 — Andrew Perez — Since the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) kicked off its 2022 leadership contest earlier this year, much of the media’s coverage has centred around the remarkable crowds that Pierre Poilievre’s campaign continues to attract. The media’s singular fixation on the enormous crowds he has been able to amass in communities — big and small, urban […]