National Newswatch

Here’s what Quebec’s francophone pundits are saying about Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin

Feb 13 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — In the ongoing debate over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and what kind of “pressure” was put on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent it, the pundit classes of Quebec and the rest of Canada are singing different songs. Since the Globe and Mail published a report last week alleging the Prime Minister’s Office pushed Wilson-Raybould […]

Just another day at the office for a government that looks increasingly grubby

Feb 12 2019 — John Ivison — In the words of parody news anchor Ron Burgundy: “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Jody Wilson-Raybould’s letter resigning from cabinet Tuesday — in which she thanked all Canadians but, conspicuously, not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — has left the impression that we have a caricature of a government, as buffoonish and clueless as Burgundy and his […]

Report of PMO interference in justice case rocks political scene

Feb 7 2019 — — The political scene in Ottawa was rocked by a bombshell story released Thursday morning alleging political interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in a major justice matter. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction […]

Military chief kept no notes of discussions about Norman case with Trudeau, Butts and Telford, court hears

Jan 31 2019 — Brian Platt — Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance testified in court Wednesday as part of a third-party records hearing ahead of Norman’s criminal […]

Is Jagmeet Singh the NDP’s problem, or vice versa?

Jan 16 2019 — Chris Selley — More and more New Democrats seem concerned that Jagmeet Singh mightn’t have been the best choice for leader, let alone deserving of a whopping 54 per cent first ballot victory. His various alleged crimes include rendering himself invisible for months, imposing draconian punishments on popular MPs, and going on TV to suggest we stop importing […]

Jason Kenney says he will demand energy industry CEOs ‘get in this game’ against anti-oil activists

Dec 29 2018 — Don Braid — “No apology if this sounds bellicose,” says UCP Leader Jason Kenney, explaining why he believes Alberta should fight back hard against anti-oil activists. The counter-attack shouldn’t just come from government, according to Kenney. He insists that industry leaders join his battle. If he’s elected, he says, “I will call in the CEOs of major oil […]

Jason Kenney’s party accuses Alberta non-profit of diverting money from Tides to NDP

Dec 28 2018 — Emma Graney — The United Conservative Party has filed an official complaint with the election commissioner about Progress Alberta, a left-leaning registered political action committee. At the heart of the complaint is two monetary donations Progress Alberta received from Tides, a U.S.-based foundation. The executive director of Progress Alberta says his organization has done nothing wrong.

A healthy oil patch is the only thing saving Justin Trudeau from a populist surge, new report says

Dec 20 2018 — — While a populist movement sweeps the globe, Canada has mostly carried on with a conventional conversation in federal politics. Relatively high wages and a sense of security from resource-based jobs could be the number one thing keeping Canadian politics in equilibrium, according to new analysis from Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a public policy think tank in Ottawa. […]