National Newswatch

Time for feds and province to step up on public transit

May 19 2020 — Brittany Andrew-Amofah — A number of programs designed to support businesses – and save jobs – were announced by the federal government last week. The latest being the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF), which provides loans in an effort to bail out large corporations. Yet while services and jobs at the municipal level face astronomical threats in […]

Lisa MacLeod: how much longer for Doug Ford’s noisiest minister?

Jul 8 2019 — Michael Coren — PC MPP Lisa MacLeod has made it her style to shout rather than speak her views, and then play the victim when her critics respond. This became particularly noticeable when the author and broadcaster Gail Vaz-Oxlade called the Ford cabinet minister a “heartless c***” on Twitter last week over MacLeod’s treatment of autism parents and […]

Calling out Andrew Scheer’s religious extremism

Jun 30 2019 — Michael Coren — Once again Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the man who wants to be the country’s next prime minister, has refused to participate in Toronto’s annual Pride parade. It’s the third year in a row that Scheer has declined. At a time when homophobic violence and abuse has seen a tragic […]

Why the feds should step in and stop Doug Ford’s plan to cut Toronto council in half

Jul 31 2018 — George Elliott Clarke — According to the Constitution Act of 1982, Canadian elected officials, provincial and federal, are supposed to provide “Peace, Order and Good Government.” Clearly, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s bruited plan to cut city council almost in half to 25 seats – despite a recent mandate from the Ontario Municipal Board to increase the number of seats […]

Doug Ford’s sex re-education

Jul 21 2018 — Michael Coren — The arguments around Ontario’s sex-education curriculum have been made countless times, and it’s increasingly clear that most of its loudest critics haven’t actually read the document. Opponents of the 2015 curriculum, which has now been taught to countless students with few complaints, rushed to Doug Ford’s side when he declared during the provincial election that […]

Even in Canada, conservatism is a ticking time bomb

Mar 1 2017 — Michael Coren — Conservatism is at a crossroads: in the United States under Donald Trump, in post-Brexit Britain, with the rise of the National Front in France and Geert Wilders in Holland, and with the reformation of traditional conservative parties in the rest of Europe and even Latin America.

Kellie Leitch shoots to thrill

Dec 22 2016 — Enzo DiMatteo — I’ve been thinking a lot about Kellie Leitch, the “Canadian values” MP running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Mostly I’ve been thinking about who fits into her version of Canada. Leitch, in case you haven’t heard, has been playing the Trump (and race) card like a two-bit blackjack dealer on […]

J’accuse Kellie Leitch

Dec 9 2016 — Michael Coren — It’s not hyperbole to say the Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate is the most irresponsible mainstream politician in recent Canadian history. Canada’s newspaper columnists must be sending thank-you cards to former immigration minister and Conservative Party leadership contender Chris Alexander. His failure to stop a crowd at a right-wing protest in Edmonton from chanting […]

Meet Ontario’s youngest ever MPP – and PC leader Patrick Brown’s latest headache

Nov 18 2016 — Michael Coren — Social conservatives in Ontario PC party ranks are rejoicing. Long convinced that powerful special interests have conspired to silence them, they now have a miniature saviour in 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff, the new PC MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook in Ontario’s Bible belt. The university student shocked the party establishment when he defeated PC party president Rick […]

Toronto Police Board chair Andy Pringle backs away from Kellie Leitch campaign

Nov 16 2016 — — Toronto Police Services Board chair Andy Pringle has quietly stepped away from his role as a key fundraiser for Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, who since September has campaigned on a xenophobic proposal to screen all immigrants, refugees and visitors to Canada for their ostensible compatibility with “Canadian values.” In early October, […]