National Newswatch

PM’s defence to ethics czar reveals his nasty political side

Aug 14 2019 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau has created an illusion of himself as a leader more noble and principled than the facts warrant. Yet, it can still be a shock when it’s revealed he’s as calculating as the most cynical of his predecessors, greeting each new situation with the internal question: “What can this do for me?” The mask […]

What’s a debate if you don’t hear from the opposite side?

Aug 14 2019 — John Ivison — Reading the electoral platform of Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party induces a slight throbbing about the temples. From his call for a “Canadian values” test for immigrants to lowering the number of newcomers accepted to “between 100,000 and 150,000” from the estimated 330,000 this year, Bernier has proven himself to be a cynical opportunist. This, after […]

Why reactionary populism will fizzle in Canada

Aug 12 2019 — Kelly McParland — Populism is getting a bad rap in Canada, unjustifiably so. According to my unaffiliated and wholly non-partisan online dictionary, populism is defined as “a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups.” That’s pretty much the whole world, outside a few billionaires, right? […]

Liberals to dragoon telecos in bid for re-election

Aug 9 2019 — John Ivison — Canadians pay some of the highest cellphone prices in the world, while powerful telco companies make billions in profit, according to a central pillar in the NDP’s 2019 election platform. “And yet PM Trudeau refuses to do anything about it.” Jagmeet Singh should be careful what he wishes for. Industry sources suggest Canada’s premium carriers […]

Trudeau and Scheer are both betting on bad memories

Jul 29 2019 — Kelly McParland — Somewhere in a special nook at his official residence — not the crumbling, toxic mess at 24 Sussex, but the “cottage” across the street — Justin Trudeau should have a little table set aside with flickering candles, burning incense, and a photo of Doug Ford. Passing the little shrine each morning, girding for another day […]

Advice on Western separatism: don’t take it more seriously than it takes itself

Jul 26 2019 — Colby Cosh — On Thursday, the former MP Jay Hill, an Old Reformer from Fort St. John who rose to become Conservative Government Whip, published a Western separatist op-ed in the Calgary Herald. Well, the article is conditionally Western separatist, anyway. Hill writes that western independence is a “possible, some would say probable, consequence” of Justin Trudeau’s re-election […]