National Newswatch

Would the Philippines declare war on Canada over a pile of garbage, or is it just a ’symbolic pissing contest’?

Apr 25 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The president of the Philippines was threatening to declare war on Canada this week if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t take care of a big pile of garbage. Following years of calls from environmental groups, anger from local politicians and a Filipino court order, dozens of shipping containers full of Vancouver trash are still sitting […]

Frustrated Albertans want to see Jason Kenney get very aggressive, very quickly

Apr 24 2019 — John Ivison — The anger was to be expected; the hurt, less so. A new study of public opinion in Alberta by communications firm Navigator, based on eight post-election focus groups, suggests Albertans want premier-designate Jason Kenney to get very aggressive very quickly when it comes to taking on the federal government, environmentalists, intransigent provinces and anyone else […]

Scandal-plagued Liberals lagging in electoral preparedness

Apr 23 2019 — John Ivison — Political predictions are generally lucky or wrong. Anyone handicapping the 2015 Canadian election six months out might have given short odds on the Conservatives, who were eight points clear of the Liberals and 12 ahead of the NDP at the end of April. But those poll numbers masked deep unhappiness with the Harper government and […]

RCMP’s new strategy for tackling terrorism, organized crime — accountants, computer whizzes and data geeks

Apr 23 2019 — Douglas Quan — The RCMP is embarking on a new recruitment strategy that will substantially alter the complexion of the national police force, replacing scores of traditional criminal investigators with civilians who have specialized skills to help pursue terrorists, cyber criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers and fraudsters, the National Post has learned.

Sikh-Canadian activists put on no-fly list after Trudeau’s India visit; critics say aim was to appease Indian government

Apr 22 2019 — Tom Blackwell — At least three Sikh-Canadian activists have been added to the Canadian no-fly list in recent months, more evidence the federal government may have changed its approach to advocates of Punjabi independence after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial India trip. Under the Secure Air Travel Act, the three have been told there are reasonable grounds to […]

How Jason Kenney’s win puts Justin Trudeau in a tight spot

Apr 17 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The consensus forecast of the impact of a United Conservative Party victory in Alberta on the rest of the country was: trouble ahead. Hadn’t its leader, Jason Kenney, promised to “stand up” for the province’s oil and gas industry, and “fight for a fair deal” in the federation? Didn’t the party platform promise to cut […]

What Jason Kenney’s election in Alberta means for Justin Trudeau

Apr 17 2019 — John Ivison — Jason Kenney saved his vitriolic interventions in the Alberta election campaign for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rather than his opponent, NDP Premier Rachel Notley. This made sense — political attacks rarely work when the target is more popular than source and many voters held Notley in greater esteem than Kenney. But there was an edge […]

Jason Kenney, from unity schemer to unity premier

Apr 17 2019 — Colby Cosh — In the end it was as written. The ultra-hard final numbers in the Alberta election, as faithful readers have been warned, are going to take a while to arrive. But it became apparent shockingly early on Tuesday night that the United Conservative Party would secure a comfortable majority in the Alberta legislature, completing Jason Kenney’s […]

What the Conservative carbon tax obsession will cost us

Apr 16 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The Nov. 30, 2015 election that brought the Liberal party to power in Newfoundland and Labrador marked the demise of the last nominally Conservative government in the country. After the election of a Liberal federal government the previous month and the defeat of the once-mighty Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the spring, observers wondered whether Conservatism, […]

Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble

Apr 15 2019 — Tom Blackwell — Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution […]