National Newswatch

The danger of judging the past by the present

Jul 18 2021 — — The late British writer G.K. Chesterton once famously observed that “journalism largely consists in saying ‘Lord Jones is dead’ to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.” Such was the case with media coverage last week as Toronto Council — often the epicentre of absurdity in Canadian municipal politics — lived up to its […]

Kenney, what does he think of Trudeau now?

Jul 16 2021 — Rick Bell — We heard a lot about the prime minister during the last Alberta election. A whole lot. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The bad guy. That was then, this is now and some who cast their ballot for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives and welcomed his pledge to tangle with Trudeau and then put the man in the […]

Are Conservatives under Erin O’Toole going to face an epic defeat?

Jul 11 2021 — Lorne Gunter — Canadians don’t seem to like early elections, at least not those called just for the political advantage of a sitting government. I offer as exhibits David Peterson’s Liberals in Ontario in 1990 and Jim Prentice’s Tories in Alberta in 2015. In both cases, parties with strong majorities looked at the polls, thought they could increase […]

True reconciliation means Indigenous self-government

Jul 7 2021 — Lorrie Goldstein — Going by media coverage, you would think the three biggest issues with regard to Canada’s Indigenous people today are the discovery of unmarked burial grounds outside residential schools and burning down churches and toppling statues of Sir John A. Macdonald in retaliation for their creation.

So much for Trudeau’s pledge to be open and transparent

Jun 26 2021 — Lorne Gunter — The Liberal government is suing the House of Commons and the Speaker to prevent MPs from getting their hands on documents pertaining to the firing of two scientists with connections to China from their jobs at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Lab. No one, not even the librarian of Parliament, can find an example of the cabinet […]

Trudeau’s prohibitively expensive climate plan comes with imaginary climate targets

Jun 26 2021 — Lorrie Goldstein — With Canadian governments never having hit a single greenhouse gas reduction target they’ve set since 1988, a new report by Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux explains why the Trudeau government won’t hit its latest target for 2030. Technically, Giroux’s report — Beyond Paris: Reducing Canada’s GHG emissions by 2030 — outlines the “prohibitive costs” Canadians […]

Linking Israel to apartheid now ‘acceptable’ anti-Semitism

Jun 20 2021 — Lorne Gunter — If former Green MP Jenica Atwin had tweeted the white supremacist slogan “the Jews will not replace us,” it’s a safe bet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not have welcomed her into the Liberal Party of Canada. But because hers was the more politically acceptable tactic of describing Israel as an apartheid state, she was […]

Weak-willed O’Toole ignores infrastructure bank boondoggle

Jun 20 2021 — Lorne Gunter — You can forgive yourself if you’ve never heard of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB); the largely useless, ultra-expensive federal government boondoggle set up by the Liberals to boost the economy by funding infrastructure projects – “green” projects preferred. Most people in the infrastructure industry have probably never heard of the CIB, or wish they hadn’t.

Yet another nail in the coffin of Canada’s energy industry

Jun 13 2021 — Lorne Gunter — Coal produces “unacceptable environmental effects.” Plastic is “toxic.” The oilsands should be “phased out” and pipelines aren’t worth fighting for (except, of course, for the ones that bring gasoline, propane and other fuels to Ontario and Quebec right before a federal election). With an announcement Friday that Ottawa was effectively proclaiming federal jurisdiction over all […]

Record public spending isn’t helping Indigenous Canadians

Jun 6 2021 — Lorrie Goldstein — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government responded to the horrific discovery of 215 children in an unmarked burial site at the Kamloops Indian Residential School the way it always does. It said it would immediately distribute $27 million of previously announced funding to uncover what are believed to be thousands of Indigenous children buried in unmarked […]

Jason Kenney is no humble pie-eating Ralph Klein

Jun 4 2021 — Rick Bell — It would have been so easy. Photos. Not the best look. The white table cloth, the wine, the big bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Premier Jason Kenney, and Tyler Shandro, his unpopular Health Minister, and Jason Nixon, the premier’s designated buddy, and Travis Toews, his trusty budget boss. The United Conservative Fab Four along with […]