National Newswatch

Did you hear the one about the stand-up comics who wanted grants?

Jun 27 2019 — Marni Soupcoff — In a recent summary of federal political lobbying activity, iPolitics reported that the Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC) has hired a lobbyist to convince the powers that be in Ottawa to classify stand-up comedy as an “art form.” The goal, according to lobbyist Sean Casey’s registration, is to make stand-ups eligible for government arts […]

What is the problem to which creating a wealth tax is a solution?

Jun 25 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Each policy disaster, it would seem, must be revisited every 30 years or so. Debates one thought long settled — over deficits, inflation, socialism — are revived, as memories fade, the original participants die, and a new generation takes up the same discredited ideas, untainted by actual experience of their consequences. Hence the current vogue […]

Conservative climate change ‘plan’ is really more of a prop

Jun 22 2019 — Andrew Coyne — The second clue that the Conservative climate change plan is a work, essentially, of mischief — an intentionally pointless bit of misdirection — is to be found on the inside title page. “Please consider the environment,” it reads, “before printing this document.” How they all must have laughed. Boilerplate though it may be in other […]

Feds make cool $35k from warehouse surplus sale, but diamond bracelet, barber chairs and horse tack could still be yours

Jun 20 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — After making almost $35,000 from selling odds and ends such as mittens, headphones and chairs at an Ottawa sale Saturday, the federal government is considering opening the doors to more of its surplus warehouses. GCSurplus’s first “Cash and Carry” sale attracted more than 1,500 people, according to a spokesman for Public Services and Procurement Canada. […]

Trans Mountain approval lands Liberals on treacherous middle ground

Jun 19 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Honestly, what did anyone expect? Was it ever in doubt that Justin Trudeau would approve construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion? Was it really imagined his government would reject a project it had not only previously approved, but now owns? And yet the government was obliged to pretend it was “a difficult decision,” as […]

Here’s some important political advice for Lisa Raitt

Jun 18 2019 — John Robson — Don’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends. And don’t say things you aren’t prepared to defend. Dear Ms. Raitt: How’s it going? No, I shouldn’t ask. You tweeted something about climate change without thinking then retracted it in a panic and now look spineless and clueless. So here’s some advice. […]

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 […]