National Newswatch

Any unity at First Ministers’ Meeting will come in opposition to Trudeau

Dec 6 2018 — John Ivison — John F. Kennedy once explained that America’s founding fathers sacrificed efficiency for liberty, dividing power as a guarantee against ill-considered action. Canada has been similarly hamstrung by its constitution when it comes to getting anything done. Trying to explain to a Chinese diplomat this week why this country cannot build an oil pipeline to saltwater […]

The UN’s global pact on migration sounds nice — but don’t sign it

Dec 5 2018 — John Ivison — The late Christopher Hitchens called conspiracy theories the “exhaust fumes of democracy” — the unavoidable result of large amounts of information circulating among a large number of people. The latest conjectural haze drifting in from the fringes of the political spectrum is that the United Nations’ agreement on migration, which Canada is set to sign […]

Andrew Scheer steers hard to right on UN migrants pact

Dec 5 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Since he became Conservative leader, it has been a matter of speculation: how far would Andrew Scheer go to pander to the populist-nationalist right, specifically on the matter of immigration? His predecessor had pulled in both directions at once, one minister building bridges to immigrant communities even as another was blowing them up. But candidates […]

RCMP called to probe tale of two Liberal MPs, a suburban overpass, trip to India and multimillion dollar land deal

Nov 30 2018 — Tom Blackwell — The Toronto-area city of Brampton has asked the RCMP to look at a multimillion-dollar land deal after confidential information on the transaction was passed to local Liberal MPs Navdeep Bains and Raj Grewal, sources confirmed Friday. City council referred the matter to the Mounties at a special meeting Tuesday, sources confirmed to the National Post. […]

Alberta’s United Conservative Party seeks to join Saskatchewan’s legal battle against federal carbon tax

Nov 30 2018 — Tyler Dawson — As Saskatchewan prepares for a legal battle over the federal carbon tax, Alberta’s opposition party is hoping to join in more than just rhetoric, having officially sought status as an intervener in the case on Friday. Alberta’s United Conservative Party and the Ontario government, which had previously applied to be an intervener, filed documents opposing […]

Notley all fired up — Federal Liberals missing in action on Alberta, premier says

Nov 28 2018 — John Ivison — Rachel Notley came out of the West with all guns blazing. At a lunch-time speech in Ottawa, the normally affable Alberta premier said the Canadian government is “wilfully” holding Alberta’s economy hostage because of its inability to follow through on its constitutional responsibility to transport resources across provincial boundaries. The lack of a pipeline to […]