National Newswatch

NATO allies should do the unthinkable and listen to Donald Trump

Jan 8 2020 — Justin Ling — A tactical gamble from the Iranian regime and cooler heads in the White House appear to have averted full-scale conflict in the Middle East. For now, anyway. But if America’s NATO allies want to preserve the fragile peace in the region, they may have to do the unthinkable: Listen to President Donald Trump. The U.S. […]

Could Canada be dragged into a war with Iran?

Jan 7 2020 — John Ivison — We don’t have any polling data on whether Canadians would support joining the United States if it comes to war against Iran – but we can take an educated guess. In 2003, polls suggested nearly three quarters of Canadians opposed George W. Bush’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq and, as it descended into a quagmire, many […]

Dragon’s Den star could swap reality TV for the Conservative leadership race

Dec 23 2019 — John Ivison — No political race can be considered complete these days unless a reality TV star is running. Fortunately for the Conservative Party, Dragon’s Den investor Vincenzo Guzzo is seriously considering becoming a candidate. The Montreal-based entrepreneur, aka Mr. Sunshine on account of his proclivity for wearing yellow, says he is in “reflective mode”. He has been […]

So who is running for the Conservative leadership? Not Mark Mulroney

Dec 19 2019 — John Ivison — When David Cameron became leader of the British Conservative Party in 2005, satirical magazine Private Eye took the opportunity to have some fun at his expense, running pictures of the youthful Cameron and then prime minister Tony Blair side by side under the headline: “World’s first face transplant a success.” Cameron rejoiced in the tag […]

Breaking Beijing’s chokehold on Canada – has Parliament finally wised up?

Dec 11 2019 — Terry Glavin — For the past 30 years, almost without interruption, Canada’s relationship with China has been determined by a closed-loop network of self-dealing and largely interchangeable players in the federal cabinet, the upper echelons of the Foreign Affairs bureaucracy, the Canada China Business Council and a handful of corporate law firms headquartered in Toronto and Montreal.

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. […]