National Newswatch

Ontario Conservatives propose conduct code for every party member, sparking concerns over freedom to speak

Dec 10 2019 — Tom Blackwell — Ontario’s governing Progressive Conservatives are considering a code of conduct for all their members, part of a quiet trend in Canadian politics that has some party activists worried about unduly restricting the rank and file. The draft code, a copy of which was obtained by the National Post, contains non-controversial bans on racism, violence and […]

Candid video seems to show Trudeau, world leaders joking about Trump

Dec 4 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders have been caught on camera apparently talking candidly about U.S. President Donald Trump, with the footage stoking fears of a backlash. The video was shot by the British host’s pool camera during a reception at Buckingham Palace held Tuesday night in London, where leaders from NATO’s 29 […]

For the most part, bloated Trudeau cabinet is window dressing and little else

Nov 20 2019 — John Ivison — Just over four years ago, Justin Trudeau strode in late fall sunshine toward Rideau Hall like a conquering Roman general, flanked by his gender-balanced cabinet. By contrast, there was nothing triumphant about the way Trudeau’s ministers trudged toward the Governor-General’s residence to be sworn in on a chilly winter’s afternoon on Wednesday, their leader nowhere […]

Trudeau is still obsessed with photo ops. It’s time for something more substantive

Nov 14 2019 — Kelly McParland — So far, the net outcome of Justin Trudeau’s meetings with the leaders of opposition parties has been some awkward-looking photo ops of the prime minister gripping hands with disappointed-looking opponents. It’s not clear whether the disconsolate expressions are a holdover from the election results, or the result of meetings that appear to have produced little. […]

Barack Obama — the man who won the Canadian federal election

Nov 13 2019 — John Ivison — The unsung story about the 2019 general election campaign is how vital Barack Obama’s endorsement was to Justin Trudeau’s victory. That’s a pretty broad statement, given there were so many twists and turns in the 40 day campaign. But if there was the turning point that secured the win, it was the former president’s backing […]

Conservatives need to stay calm and give Andrew Scheer time

Nov 5 2019 — Chuck Strahl — Way back when (in political terms, back when the crust of the Earth was just beginning to harden), the leader of Canada’s Official Opposition was a fellow named Jean Chrétien. A lot of people thought Chrétien should step down as leader, and the sooner the better. Worse yet, it wasn’t the other parties who said […]

Conservatives, don’t ditch Scheer just yet

Oct 31 2019 — Chris Selley — There are many things for the Conservative Party of Canada to ponder in the wake of their election-night performance last week, and one of them is certainly Andrew Scheer’s leadership. It should by no means be beyond reproach. Quite apart from anything else he signed off on a dispiriting grab-bag of a platform that seemed […]