National Newswatch

Questions about Trudeau, treason reveal state of public discourse in Alberta

Dec 27 2018 — David Climenhaga — Donna Kennedy-Glans, by all accounts an intelligent and accomplished Alberta Conservative, recently posted and pinned a Tweet asking, “Has Trudeau committed treason?” If her intention was to grab the attention of Alberta’s chattering classes, she succeeded. If she was out for attention, though, I’m not sure she really wanted the kind that had folks wondering, […]

Is Trudeau ready for a Middle East war?

Nov 17 2017 — Murray Dobbin — The world is now at the mercy of a coalition of three of the most dangerous autocrats on the planet: Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s new absolute ruler Mohammad bin Salman, a name that will become increasingly familiar as the months go by. These three “leaders” are now collaborating in an incredibly reckless […]

Can you say, ‘conflict of interest’? Not at the UN

Nov 3 2017 — Murray Dobbin — When it comes to measures seriously addressing climate change, Canadians have pretty low expectations. They know that oil companies have the ear of both Bay Street political parties. Just last week, for example, the auditor general went public, exposing the Trudeau government’s refusal to provide the information he needs to determine the level of subsidies […]

Yes, we need to tax the rich

Oct 20 2017 — Murray Dobbin — You have to hand it to the rich in dealing with the tax reforms proposed by the Liberals. They didn’t even have to put pen to paper or pick up the phone to protest the taxman messing with their ill-gotten wealth. They got the poor besotted small businessperson to fight on their behalf. In this […]

The corporate assault on science

Oct 6 2017 — Murray Dobbin — The fact that science is the foundation for civilization and democracy should be self-evident. Regrettably, that connection seems often to escape our collective consciousness. We tend to think of science narrowly as restricted to high-tech, laboratories, and the development of electric cars or travel to Mars. But everything we do collectively, from Medicare, to fighting […]

Trudeau’s concessions in Canada-EU deal will hit cities hardest

Jul 7 2017 — Murray Dobbin — The trouble with demonizing the leader of an unpopular government is that it gives the next leader way too much slack. I remember writing a column years ago comparing the hated Brian Mulroney with Paul Martin (who more or less ran Jean Chretien’s government). Who was more destructive to the public interest and progressive government? […]

Liberals’ massive increase in defence spending is a budgetary coup

Jun 9 2017 — Murray Dobbin — The arrogance of power could scarcely be more dramatically demonstrated than by the tag team of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announcing that Canada was going to cave in to Donald Trump’s demand that we spend two per cent of GDP on defence. We will be increasing military spending by […]

B.C. Liberals are a rogue government that must be dispatched

Mar 17 2017 — Murray Dobbin — The experience of anything approaching good government or robust democracy in the province of B.C. is now such a distant memory that the present danger is people’s low expectations. The Liberal government of Christy Clark is not so much a government as it is an anti-government: contemptuous of both the public good and of the […]

Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of disgraceful anti-carbon rally

Dec 6 2016 — David Climenhaga — With some of the most debased elements of Canada’s so-called conservative movement openly on display at last weekend’s “anti-carbon tax” demonstration in Edmonton, I suppose it’s mildly reassuring several conservative leaders were trying hard yesterday to put a little daylight between themselves and the event’s organizers. A few, like federal Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong, […]