National Newswatch

By showing how high carbon tax must go to meet Paris targets, PBO report gives Conservatives major ammo

Jun 13 2019 — John Ivison — The Conservatives have been raising expectations over the climate change plan that leader Andrew Scheer will unveil next week. In a short video released to promote the speech next Wednesday, Scheer promised a “real plan to protect our environment, fight climate change and reduce global emissions.” To underline the emphasis on the international aspect of […]

Trudeau and the Gang of Six: A PM undone by his own handiwork

Jun 13 2019 — Colby Cosh — There’s almost no other way to put it: the prime minister seems to be losing his marbles. On Monday, the premiers of five provinces and the Northwest Territories sent him a polite, conventional open letter raising familiar concerns with the Liberal government’s resource bills C-69 (which creates a new regime for federal review of big […]

Canada Pension Plan gets lucky with active management, for now

Jun 12 2019 — Andrew Coyne — In 2006, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced it had switched from a “passive” to “active” investment strategy. No longer would it merely seek to replicate the performance of the broad equity and bond market indexes in its own portfolio, as it had earlier been required to do; now it would free its managers […]

National pharmacare report bullish on universal program, but offers few ideas on how to pay for it

Jun 12 2019 — John Ivison — We can’t afford not to, apparently. On Wednesday the advisory council on the implementation of national pharmacare issued its report, which reads like the secret to the philosopher’s stone — a legendary recipe for turning lead into gold. The council, chaired by former Ontario Liberal health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, has recommended the federal government […]

Conservatives zero in on Paris targets as ‘proof point’ for discrediting Liberal carbon tax: internal memo

Jun 12 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Ahead of a climate policy announcement from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the Tories are going all-in on attacking the Liberal government for its projected failure to meet emissions reduction targets, according to an internal memo obtained by the National Post. The memo to chief of staff Marc-André Leclerc, dated June 5, outlines the party’s communications […]

What Michael Cooper should have said

Jun 6 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The Commons justice committee’s hearings into the problem of online hate were thrown into chaos last week after a Conservative MP, Michael Cooper, rounded on a witness for suggesting terrorists like the one who murdered 51 Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year had been influenced, not just by anti-immigrant and alt-right […]

In new court filings, federal prosecutors say SNC-Lavalin misunderstands the AG’s role in criminal cases

Jun 5 2019 — Brian Platt — The federal prosecution service says SNC-Lavalin misunderstands the role of the attorney general in criminal cases, and should not be allowed to file new arguments as the company fights in the Federal Court of Appeal to avoid a criminal trial on corruption and fraud charges. SNC-Lavalin is challenging the decision of the Director of Public […]