National Newswatch

Chinese diplomat blasts Trudeau, says he ruined relations with China and is a U.S. ‘running dog’

Mar 30 2021 — Tom Blackwell — A Chinese consul general in Brazil has derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a “running dog” of the U.S. whose only accomplishment is to ruin friendly relations with China, the latest example of Beijing’s combative new, “wolf-warrior” brand of diplomacy. Li Yang, based in Rio de Janeiro, also referred to Trudeau as “boy” and a […]

Majority of Canadians are feeling politically homeless, poll finds

Mar 24 2021 — John Ivison — One of P. G. Wodehouse’s best quips concerned the “confusion of ideas” between A.B. Spottsworth and one of the lions he was hunting, which resulted in him making the obituary column. “He thought the lion was dead and the lion thought it wasn’t.” A confusion of ideas explains Erin O’Toole’s problems with his party membership: […]

Change to Conservative leadership rules could dampen Quebec’s ‘outsized’ influence on results

Mar 20 2021 — Brian Platt — Conservative Party delegates at the party’s national convention have voted to make a key change to its leadership race rules that could substantially scale back Quebec’s disproportionate influence on the result. Under the existing rules, all ridings are weighted equally with 100 points regardless of how many actual votes are cast. This means, for example, […]

Conservatives building war chest for election that could be ‘weeks away,’ virtual convention hears

Mar 18 2021 — Brian Platt — The Conservative Party opened its national policy convention on Thursday in an unconventional virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with distanced co-hosts speaking to delegates over Zoom instead of the usual pep-rally environment of a packed ballroom. But if the circumstances were unusual, the message from party brass was a familiar one: we’re united […]

NDP leader’s brother-in-law in altercation under police probe as south-Asian Canadian factions clash over India unrest

Mar 11 2021 — Tom Blackwell — The unrest sparked by massive farmer protests in India appears to be spilling over into Canada and its south-Asian community, with a close relative of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at the centre of one recent confrontation. A widely viewed video appears to show Singh’s brother-in-law pushing a pro-India demonstrator to the ground at an Ontario […]