National Newswatch

Liberal backbencher accuses his own government of ‘pandering’ to Sikh separatists

Sep 3 2019 — Tom Blackwell — South Asia-related politics is again causing turbulence for the Liberal government, as one of its own MPs charges that his party has been “pandering” to Sikh separatists, threatening Canada’s relations with India in the process. Ramesh Sangha, who represents Ontario’s Brampton Centre riding, delivered the surprising critique of his caucus colleagues during a recent Punjabi-language […]

Trudeau’s mea culpa over his electoral reform debacle is truly mind boggling

Aug 30 2019 — Chris Selley — Pre-campaign books about politicians are always interesting when the author gets significant access to the subject, because it gives the subject a chance to offer a well-thought-out and carefully considered case for his election or re-election to an impartial reporter. It’s not a press conference full of headline-hungry hacks marinating in Red Bull; it’s a […]

Forgotten working class could trigger populist backlash in Canada, says report by ex-Harper advisor

Aug 28 2019 — Jesse Snyder — Canada risks a populist backlash if politicians fail to focus on the most economically vulnerable people, a new report says, as rosy economic data continues to overshadow the plight of many rural and non-educated workers. A report by Sean Speer of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, released Tuesday, argues that politicians across the political spectrum have broadly […]

Why Singh says he won’t work with the Tories, and May says she will

Aug 27 2019 — Andrew Coyne — To hear Jagmeet Singh’s critics tell it, the NDP leader has just thrown the election. With his declaration last Thursday that his party would not support a Conservative government in a minority Parliament, Singh has done what no NDP leader has done in any recent election: conceded, from the outset, that he does not expect […]

Vapid federal election ads unlikely to inspire indifferent electorate

Aug 26 2019 — John Ivison — With just days to go before the starting gun fires on the 2019 election, the two realistic contenders for power have released their campaign ads and slogans. As indifferent Canadians across the country pull the curtains, lest they be visited by local candidates, the parties are hoping that their message will punch through to a […]

Liberal party membership forms distributed at pro-Beijing rally against Hong Kong protests

Aug 22 2019 — Tom Blackwell — As speaker after speaker criticized the mass protests in Hong Kong and defended the Chinese government at a Toronto-area rally recently, a different kind of politicking was quietly unfolding. Several members of the crowd of about 200 passed around and appeared to fill in Liberal membership forms, a striking juxtaposition between Canada’s governing party and […]

Climate change fracas exposes ridiculous third-party spending rules

Aug 21 2019 — Chris Selley — Many Canadians have been understandably flummoxed, with gusts to outraged, by news that Elections Canada has warned organizations advocating for more forceful action against climate change that they may have to register as “third parties” for the upcoming election, and be subject to limits on advertising expenditures during the campaign. “The climate crisis is objectively […]

It’s the election laws at fault, not Elections Canada

Aug 21 2019 — Andrew Coyne — To listen to the squawking, you’d have thought Elections Canada had cancelled the election. Or at least forbidden environmental groups to participate in it. Or at least told them they could not advise the public of the threat posed by climate change — for many of them, their raison d’être. Or at least — you […]

With Jihadi Jack, Britain gives Canada a taste of its own medicine

Aug 20 2019 — Chris Selley — On Sunday we learned that Jack Letts, known in the British press as Jihadi Jack, is no longer a British subject. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid and then-prime minister Theresa May reportedly approved stripping the alleged ISIL fighter of his citizenship as one of their administration’s final acts and it seems they didn’t even send a […]