National Newswatch

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. visitors are still crossing border into Canada each week

Jun 29 2020 — — Even with travel fears, economic collapse and government restrictions there were still 201,866 border crossings from the United States into Canada in one week this month, according to the most recent data. For Canadians watching the seemingly uncontrolled rise in COVID-19 cases raging south of the border, that seems alarming. From the perspective of how […]

Records show charity closely linked to Trudeau has received multiple sole-source contracts from Liberal government

Jun 29 2020 — — WE Charity, which has close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family — and which will receive millions of dollars to administer a federal student volunteer grant program — has received a series of exclusively sole-source contracts from the federal government over the last three years, government records show. Sole-source contracts are government […]

O’Toole campaign believes alleged hack came from MP’s office, says it has received confession letter

Jun 22 2020 — Stuart Thomson — Erin O’Toole’s Conservative leadership campaign is alleging that someone in a Member of Parliament’s office passed sensitive login information to rival Peter MacKay’s campaign, giving his chief competitor access to virtually all high-level campaign activity, according to a letter sent to police and obtained by the National Post. The O’Toole campaign believes at least 138 […]

Was the government’s large employer emergency package designed to fail?

Jun 15 2020 — John Ivison — Planned obsolescence is more typical in industrial design than financing – think washing machines with wear-prone mechanical components that can’t be fixed cheaply. But the government may have designed its Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility to fail. The long-awaited liquidity backstop for big businesses hit by the pandemic was announced by Justin Trudeau on May […]

Stephen Harper, Canada’s loudest revisionist

May 27 2020 — Andrew Cohen — Stephen Harper has been out of office for four-and-a-half years, but he can still draw a crowd of conservatives and a chorus of critics. And nurse a hell of a grudge. We salute former prime ministers when they return to private life. They dislike each other – a venerable Canadian tradition – but we like […]

Doug Ford must call inquiry into long-term care — now

May 26 2020 — Matt Gurney — Premier Doug Ford must call a public inquiry into the state of Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) homes. That wasn’t true even a week ago, when Ford announced an independent commission, but not a public inquiry (a defensible position, I argued in a column at the time). But the details in Tuesday’s report into the horrific […]

As Trudeau defends political parties using wage subsidy, Tory leadership hopefuls slam their own party

May 25 2020 — Brian Platt — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends political parties making use of the federal COVID-19 wage subsidy, Conservative leadership candidates are slamming their own party for taking the money. The federal Conservatives, Liberals and NDP have all said they applied for the wage subsidy due to a steep drop in political donations, and have already received […]