National Newswatch

How universities killed free speech

Nov 23 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Academic freedom — for conservatives — died a long time ago. So can we please end the pretence that universities today are bastions of free speech and that Wilfrid Laurier University’s appalling treatment of graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was an aberration? What happened to the 22-year-old Shepherd has been the norm in universities for at […]

A big test looms for lacklustre Ont. PC Leader Patrick Brown

Nov 19 2017 — Anthony Furey — Next weekend Ontario Progressive Conservative members will gather for their last big event before next year’s provincial election, the one where they hope to finally emerge victorious after 15 years of scandal-plagued Liberal rule. While talking together in the halls or huddled at social functions, both insiders and grassroots members will complain about one politician […]

Rick Mercer rant on GSAs is dishonest analysis

Nov 17 2017 — Candice Malcolm — CBC comedian Rick Mercer jumped into an Alberta provincial debate, and in doing so, dragged the whole country in with him. In one of Mercer’s “rants,” he attempts to tackle the issue of gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs in Alberta schools. Unfortunately for Mercer, and for all Canadians, his rant was riddled with errors, partisan jeering […]

Don’t trust the Liberals to run their own promise tracker

Nov 15 2017 — Anthony Furey — The government’s launch of its own online promise tracker on Tuesday tells us that either the Liberals are incredibly naive or they think that of us. It’s hard to know which is worse. This initiative whereby the very people making (and sometimes breaking) these promises claim to accurately rate their progress deserves the same sort […]

Bill to start unrigging tax haven laws needs Canadians’ support

Nov 13 2017 — Tom Parkin — We’ve had cash-for-access. Billionaire island. French villas. Ethical loopholes. Conflict of interest. Now it’s tax havens and tax dodging. Until now, the Trudeau government has been able to ride out scandals without fixing problems—and the same depressingly rotten politics continues in Ottawa. Minister’s ethical fundraising rules go unenforced. Morneau’s conflict of interest loophole still isn’t […]

What’s really dumb? Trudeau’s carbon pricing plan

Nov 12 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — A trick politicians use to intimidate us on the subject of human-influenced climate change is to leap from the fact that because scientists say it is real, we must support whatever they propose to address it. This is absurd. How to address human-influenced climate change involves economic policies that are political decisions, not scientific ones. […]

It’s time for a royal commission on taxation

Nov 12 2017 — Jim Warren — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should appoint a royal commission on taxation and have the results and recommendations ready before the next federal election, so we can have a proper debate about how we tax all Canadians. It’s time for a “Carter 2.0.” It’s been 55 years since then prime minister John Diefenbaker appointed Kenneth Carter […]

Where’s Trudeau’s campaign against offshore tax dodgers?

Nov 6 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — Of the many poses Justin Trudeau has adopted since becoming prime minister, his performance as the defender of “tax fairness” for the middle class has been the most laughable. Until it blew up in their faces, Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau spent weeks portraying small business owners across Canada as corporate fatcats, whom they […]

The not-shocking truth about Morneau’s pension and infrastructure plans

Nov 6 2017 — Tom Parkin — Anyone who thinks Bill Morneau might get dropped as Finance Minister is forgetting a key fact: he does what investors and CEOs want from a Finance Minister. Why shocked? From 2010 until the year before his election, Morneau was chair of C.D. Howe Institute—which has a board of directors including bank CEOs, insurance CEOs, investment […]

Trudeau’s Titanic lie heading for an iceberg

Nov 5 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — When the next in the series of the United Nations’ never-ending, carbon-spewing, climate change road shows gets underway in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Canadians will be told two big political lies. The first is that the Paris climate accord, signed two years ago, still has a chance to lower global greenhouse gas emissions to what it […]

The numbers show we need increased immigration

Nov 5 2017 — Jim Warren — The federal Liberal government has announced a new and bold immigration strategy to increase the number of immigrants allowed into Canada over the next three years. One million new immigrants will be admitted during that time. That is actually a modest increase over the 300,000 allowed in 2017 and well under the 450,000 per year […]

How dare Stephen Harper attack Liberals!

Oct 31 2017 — Lorrie Goldstein — The Trudeau Liberals are shocked, SHOCKED! that former prime minister Stephen Harper has dared to write a memo to his business clients accusing the Grits of “napping on NAFTA.” To hear them tell it, Harper has betrayed Canada by writing, “I fear that the NAFTA re-negotiation is going very badly.” According to Harper’s briefing note […]

Kenney’s the boss. Let the games begin

Oct 29 2017 — — Saturday night’s all right for fighting. And on this Saturday night in a Calgary convention hall you could hear as much cheering and whooping it up as you’d get in any other arena. Geez, somebody was so excited the United Conservatives put the leadership results up online while the faithful in the room still hadn’t […]

If Jason Kenney wins, it’s war

Oct 28 2017 — Rick Bell — Crystal-balling political races is a crap shoot. Brian Jean could become leader of the United Conservatives Saturday but it’s Jason Kenney who really makes the NDP’s blood boil. Jean says he is the much better bet to win throughout the province and has survived all the slings and arrows fired by the NDP anger machine. […]

Morneau Shepell has multiple contracts with government departments

Oct 26 2017 — Candice Malcolm — Bank of Canada is not the only government agency using the services of Morneau Shepell, the Sun has learned. At least four other federal departments and agencies have ongoing contracts with Morneau Shepell, the human resources firm formerly run by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The accumulated value of these various contracts is about $14 million.