National Newswatch

The sad part is Morneau was supposed to be the adult at the table

Oct 18 2017 — Anthony Furey — If Monday was bad for Bill Morneau, Tuesday was worse. And no one, least of all fiscal conservatives, should take any pleasure in this. The Conservatives are hammering Morneau over not putting his considerable wealth into a blind trust 120 days after being appointed to cabinet, as per section 27 of the Conflict of Interest […]

Trudeau’s damage control is both bizarre and insulting

Oct 18 2017 — Lorne Gunter — The news conference Monday at a pizzeria in Stouffville, Ont, at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a reduction in the federal small business tax rate, was both bizarre and insulting. First the insulting part. The announcement – that over the next 14 months the Liberal government will lower the […]

Trudeau’s liberals make one blunder after another

Oct 14 2017 — Melissa Lantsman — Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is blockbuster a flick you’ve probably never seen — unless maybe you have kids. The premise is simple: from the moment Alexander wakes up, things just do not go his way. Justin and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Month is reality TV show […]

The truth is the Liberals have been itching to tax discounts for decades

Oct 14 2017 — Lorne Gunter — Was the Trudeau government really blindsided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over the taxing of employee discounts, as they claim? The federal Liberals insist they never approved a CRA directive, revealed last weekend, to tax the face value of products and services employers give their workers at reduced rates. Does the owner of the […]

Justin Trudeau has met his match in Jagmeet Singh

Oct 1 2017 — Tom Parkin — The New Democrats have licked their wounds. And overwhelmingly they’ve decided they want back in the fight. On the first ballot, 54% of NDP members voted for Jagmeet Singh who is now leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Finally, Justin Trudeau will have a strong opponent on the left. Singh’s victory signals a big […]

Billionaires know best in Trudeau’s world

Oct 1 2017 — Mark Bonokoski — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who backtracked on electoral reform and parliamentary transparency, has finally got his back up over shutting down loopholes on small business owners. Despite the fury local MPs have received this summer, and harsh words from business owners decrying being labelled as “cheats,” the Liberals are steadfast in refusing to alter their […]

Half way through this term, problems remain for Trudeau’s opposition

Sep 10 2017 — Tom Parkin — About two years before the next election, political parties are all polling at about the same place they were at last election day. That’s good news for Trudeau who, in an election today, would probably regain a slim majority. For the Conservatives, it’s not. Harper’s record on the economy, law and order, veterans and the […]

Trudeau needs to postpone small biz tax changes after having pit Canadians against each other

Sep 10 2017 — Jim Warren — The federal government’s consultation on changing small business taxes has been a calamity of communications mistakes. The Trudeau government should postpone the implementation of any changes. With the transformation of the Canadian economy during the past decade, I do believe there is a legitimate issue in trying to create tax fairness for all Canadians. Prime […]

Canadians don’t think wealthy pay enough taxes; Tax loopholes a ‘big problem’

Sep 8 2017 — — The federal Liberals have the backing of a solid majority of Canadians when it comes to shutting down tax loopholes. Three-quarters of those surveyed said loopholes are a “big problem” (45%) or “somewhat of a problem” (31%), according to Mainstreet Research polling. More than half of Canadians (54%) also believe high-income earners aren’t paying enough […]

Canada’s dual personality prime minister

Sep 5 2017 — Gerry Nicholls — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have evolved into a political version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He simultaneously possesses two starkly different political personalities, which for the sake of originality – and to avoid being sued by the estate of Robert Louis Stevenson — I like to call “Dr. Cynical” and “Mr. Fun.” […]

Butts befriending Bannon? That’s his job

Aug 20 2017 — Jim Warren — Political staff of all partisan stripes have to put aside their personal differences to forge working friendships, to do what’s in the best interests of their respective countries. To suggest otherwise is a cheap political stunt that demonstrates an unsuitability to be Prime Minister of Canada or the leader of an opposition party, for that […]

Wait—maybe Charlie Angus leads the NDP leadership race

Aug 14 2017 — Tom Parkin — A pair of polls suggest Charlie Angus and Guy Caron may have significant momentum in the NDP leadership race—at least among certain current members—even though Jagmeet Singh boasts the strongest fundraising and endorsement list. But Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, which did the survey, freely admits the poll has flaws. Maggi’s company did not […]

Alberta could retaliate against B.C. over Trans Mountain, but it could get ugly, observers say

Aug 12 2017 — Reid Southwick — After the B.C. government stepped up its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there were new calls for the federal and Alberta governments to consider retaliation over a divisive project that has cleared major regulatory hurdles. While mechanisms are available to either override B.C. opposition or punish the province, several observers said Friday few […]