National Newswatch

Conservatives should learn from Trudeau response on Iran

Jan 16 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — If the candidates for the Conservative leadership are up for a little homework assignment, they could study Justin Trudeau and his response to the atrocity that claimed 57 Canadian lives in Iran. It would be well worth the time, and boy, do they need the lesson. If the prospective leaders study well, they will observe […]

Canada’s China policy in 2020 – continue to kowtow

Dec 27 2019 — Terry Glavin — It was a surrender of bedrock rule-of-law principles so craven, and such a sabotage of the government he was sworn to represent, that for publicly advocating it as “great for Canada” last January, the notoriously Beijing-compliant John McCallum had to be stripped of his diplomatic credentials as ambassador to China. But that was then. Now, […]

Scheer’s critics ease him out on a technicality

Dec 13 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Andrew Scheer, meet Al Capone. No, the mild-mannered (and soon-to-be-former) leader of the Official Opposition isn’t a gangster. Not even close. But like Capone, Scheer is ultimately going down for reasons that have nothing to do with the crimes for which he is commonly associated in the public’s imagination. Or if not the public’s imagination, […]

University of Ottawa women’s soccer team wins world title

Dec 1 2019 — — University of Ottawa Gee Gees women’s soccer team are world champions. The team, Canadian champions in 2018, won the International University Sports Federation University Women’s World Cup in a 1-0 nailbiter Saturday against Brazil’s Paulista University in Jinjiang, China. Mikayla Morton scored the game’s only goal in the game’s second minute, when she knocked in […]

Canada’s Conservatives need to think hard about their future

Nov 8 2019 — Shachi Kurl — That Conservative MPs did not move immediately to oust leader Andrew Scheer this week should not be mistaken for a signal that his caucus or the party intends to keep him around long-term. After all, Conservatives defer to their membership arguably more than any other major federal party. Pre-empting the grassroots is therefore unthinkable. That […]

Andrew Scheer’s curse was Justin Trudeau’s weakness

Nov 7 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — In politics, second place sometimes feels like a win. Just ask the NDP, who stormed to a surprise second place finish in the 2011 election as Stephen Harper went on to claim his coveted majority. Despite falling (way) short of the ultimate prize, Jack Layton’s famous “orange crush” relegated Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals to third place […]

The seeds of Scheer’s defeat were planted in 2017

Oct 24 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — If everything old is new again, Andrew Scheer is guilty only of impatience in resuscitating Stephen Harper’s policy agenda. Four years after voters said “no” to the raft of tightly targeted micro-tax credits (and sharp politics) that typified the last Conservative government, they said “no” to a quick return under Scheer’s banner. It turns out […]

This election, Andrew Scheer is betting that bland works

Oct 4 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — “He’s … beige.” That’s how someone here in London described Conservative leader Andrew Scheer to me after watching his announcement on reprioritizing Canada’s foreign aid away from wealthier nations. Beige. As in bland. The comment was meant as a slight, but dollars to doughnuts it’s the Conservative strategy. After years of Justin Trudeau’s celebrity flash, […]

Scheer’s tax cut pledges spell opportunity for Trudeau

Sep 27 2019 — — Campaigning on promises to reduce taxes has been part of the Conservative playbook for decades now. Even if most Canadians do not feel they are much better off than they were 20 years ago, Stephen Harper did manage to reduce our overall tax burden. So it is that Andrew Scheer is following in his footsteps. […]

Trudeau can bounce back from ethics ruling on SNC-Lavalin

Aug 18 2019 — Gloria Galloway — The federal integrity commissioner’s finding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the conflict of interest rules is an aftershock to the earthquake that rocked the government through the first few months of this year. The SNC-Lavalin scandal had already inflicted permanent damage on Trudeau’s personal brand. And the timing of Mario Dion’s report, which comes […]