National Newswatch

Federal officials don’t want to be pinned down on a date to start building new navy: documents

Sep 24 2018 — David Pugliese — Irving Shipbuilding is pushing federal officials to announce a firm date to begin construction on Canada’s new fleet of warships, arguing that will help drive the project along. But the company is facing resistance from federal officials concerned about missing a publicly announced start date, as happened with the Arctic patrol ships now under construction, […]

Ex-hostage American Caitlan Coleman accuses Canadian husband Joshua Boyle of abuse, in court documents

Sep 5 2018 — Andrew Duffy — Caitlan Coleman says her husband, Joshua Boyle, deepened the nightmare of her captivity during their five years as hostages in Central Asia. In unsealed court documents, Coleman alleges she was physically and emotionally abused by Boyle while they were being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. “J.B. (Joshua Boyle) regularly threatened to kill me by […]

The only lessons we can take from Bernier’s sudden case of cultural anxiety

Aug 24 2018 — Shannon Gormley — Rank xenophobia is somehow more tolerable when the people who propagate it don’t pretend that they are propagating something else entirely. Politicians can take away people’s rights and freedoms, but manners dictate they should not call them stupid while they’re at it. Oh, but they just have innocent security concerns, they insist; innocent jobs-loss concerns, […]

Trudeau needs to shuffle his cabinet and it won’t be easy

Jul 6 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — Forget all the talk of Justin Trudeau’s changes to the facilities at Harrington Lake. Saunas and swing sets are nothing compared to another amenity Trudeau needs to change: his cabinetry. A shakeup is overdue. As we approach the three-quarters point of Trudeau’s mandate, many of the departments central to Liberal gospel have only known a […]

Stephen Harper will never change – even in Washington

Jul 3 2018 — Andrew Cohen — The only man named Harper who counts in Washington these days plays right field for the Nationals, hit 29 home runs last year and is soon to become a ridiculously rich free agent. On this Fourth of July – Donald Trump’s travelling carnival of atrocities notwithstanding – the big existential questions in the capital of […]

Trade dispute could leave U.S. firms out of the running to sell military equipment to Canada

Jun 13 2018 — David Pugliese — U.S. President Donald Trump’s tirade against Canada and threats to punish the country could undermine efforts by American firms trying to sell fighter jets and other military equipment to the Canadian Forces, warn defence and industry analysts. One European firm, Airbus, has already been talking with Canadian officials to pitch its plan to build fighter […]