National Newswatch

Don’t forget, Canadian officials first under-reacted to COVID-19

Mar 29 2020 — Anthony Furey — The past few days have seen ever-increasing and severe measures brought in to restrict Canadians’ fundamental liberties. For the most part, those measures have been received with widespread support because we understand what is at stake. That support will only last for so long though, especially if the measures get stricter and more difficult to […]

We can’t afford the PMO’s partisan games

Mar 26 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — On its surface, what turned out to be less than a 24-hour delay before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $82 billion economic stimulus package because of COVID-19 was passed by Parliament, wasn’t a big deal. Ultimately, the legislation was approved and, in one sense, our current minority Parliament worked. That is, because of Conservative objections, the […]

We gambled on the wrong threat — climate change

Mar 22 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — One of the key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for at least the past decade, we focused disproportionately, or rather our governments did, on one potential global threat — human-induced climate change — to the exclusion of all others. Anthropogenic climate change became the issue that sucked up all the oxygen in the […]

Here’s why we should be taking a less panicked approach

Mar 18 2020 — Lorne Gunter — There’s a family story about my great-grandfather that I’ve heard since I was a little kid. Back in 1919, many of the public buildings in the small town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan were heated with central steam and my great-grandfather ran the municipal boiler. Even though he contracted the Spanish flu during the worldwide pandemic […]

Trudeau’s ‘fiscal firepower’ against COVID-19 limited

Mar 15 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Announcing billions of dollars in new government spending on Friday to combat the looming economic recession in the wake of COVID-19 and crashing oil prices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau twice referred to Canada having the “fiscal firepower” to do so. Except the reality is Trudeau would have a lot more fiscal firepower at his disposal […]

Trudeau’s Indigenous rights law will cause ‘chaos,’ says study

Mar 10 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The Trudeau government is poised to provoke more railway blockades, more economic damage to the country and “legal chaos” by passing legislation recognizing a United Nations declaration on Indigenous rights, warns a new study by the Fraser Institute. Author Tom Flanagan says the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) conflicts with […]

We’ve seen the future and it’s COVID-19

Mar 8 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is showing us what the global economy would have to look like — every year for the next decade — to meet the UN’s targets for averting what it describes as catastrophic climate change. The only way to do that would be to impose a massive downturn on the global […]

Kenney vs NDP, will UCP budget cut 2.5% or 14.1%?

Mar 4 2020 — Rick Bell — Be still my heart. Who would have thought the Notley NDP would be using my bit of modest scribbling as a rocket to be launched at Premier Jason Kenney. Guess if you find what you think is the ammo you don’t care where it comes from, you just fire away. So there is scrappy Sarah […]

Conservatives abandon freedom of conscience

Mar 3 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then Liberal leader, said in 2014 that Liberal MPs had to be pro-choice, Conservatives were outraged. When the Liberals refused in 2017 to allow a pro-life Conservative MP, Rachel Harder, to chair the Commons status of women committee, Conservatives were outraged. When Trudeau required in 2018 that pro-life charities receiving […]

The carbon tax gets hammered by Alberta court

Mar 1 2020 — Lorne Gunter — There is still hope the courts will strike down Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax. Maybe. On Monday, by a margin of 4-1, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled the carbon tax was unconstitutional. The justices found it was more than just another tax, it was a federal power grab into provincial jurisdiction.

Our delicate civilization, hanging by a thread

Mar 1 2020 — Anthony Furey — The other day I was reminiscing with a fellow parent about the widespread blackout that shut down the power for several days in Ontario and New York back in 2003. We both agreed that back then it felt like a somewhat cool thing to be a part of, from our much younger perspectives. I remember […]

Trudeau’s strategy for reconciliation lies in ruins

Mar 1 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — At this point it’s fair to say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to improve relations with Canada’s Indigenous people — splitting and expanding the government bureaucracy dealing with them into two departments instead of one — has been a failure. Clearly, Trudeau’s decision in 2017 has not been, as the PM predicted at the time, […]

Kenney lets Trudeau off the hook on Teck

Feb 26 2020 — Rick Bell — The fallout from the Teck debacle now seems to be more a whimper than a bang. We’d been led to believe if the Teck Frontier super-size $20-billion oilsands mine was a no-go there would be a bang, a big bang, a crossing-the-line-in-the-sand bang, a Trudeau-watch-your-step-if-you-know-what’s-good-for-you bang. A few weeks ago, Jack Mintz, a local deep […]