National Newswatch

Military has no documents about fighter jet ‘capability gap,’ a claim used to justify aircraft purchase

Nov 19 2018 — David Pugliese — Neither Canada’s top soldier nor the commander of the air force had or produced any records about a fighter jet “capability gap” in the year leading up to the Liberal government’s announcement that such a critical issue had to be dealt with by spending billions to buy aircraft. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan used the capability […]

Construction of sixth Arctic patrol ship at Irving Shipbuilding to cost $800M — double the cost of the other five

Nov 9 2018 — David Pugliese — Building a sixth Arctic patrol ship to add to the five originally commissioned from Irving Shipbuilding for the Royal Canadian Navy will cost taxpayers $800 million — double the price-tag of each of the other vessels. The Liberal government announced the construction of the sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, or AOPS, last week after […]

Justin Trudeau’s biggest threat is Liberal hubris

Oct 12 2018 — Andrew MacDougall — With a short year to go until Canadians pick their next crop of MPs, Justin Trudeau no doubt sat at his table this past weekend feeling thankful. Donald Trump is in the rear-view mirror. Jagmeet Singh is hemorrhaging MPs. Maxime Bernier’s vanity project is targeting the most rabid bits of Andrew Scheer’s base. Even Stephen […]

‘Line by line audit’ shows Liberals spent most on, er, health care and education

Sep 25 2018 — David Reevely — Reining in the Ontario government’s budget will mean spending less on the services people use most, the Progressive Conservatives’ “line by line audit” of provincial operations says, and this can best be achieved by running the government better. So that’s settled. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy hired Ernst & Young to produce the study of […]

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 […]