National Newswatch

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 […]

MPs ask questions about Mali combat – senior Canadian officer says combat debate “nonsensical”

Apr 20 2018 — David Pugliese — The Conservative government’s defence critic says it is inappropriate for a senior Canadian Forces officer to question the right of MPs to raise concerns about whether the upcoming mission to Mali is combat. MPs on the House of Commons defence committee raised those concerns Thursday and questioned generals about details of the Mali mission and […]

Trudeau’s in trouble on the pipeline battle

Apr 13 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — “The Trans Mountain expansion will be built.” With the nation mourning Humboldt’s loss, pecking out an obstinate tweet about an oil pipeline buried in political grief wasn’t at the top of Justin Trudeau’s to-do list, yet out the above twittered ahead of the prime minister joining members of the shattered prairie community for last Sunday’s […]