National Newswatch

Kenney soft on Trudeau, hard on Alberta separatism

Oct 25 2020 — Rick Bell — I can’t believe I’m giving up watching the movie Patton. For this. Maybe it’s because the United Conservatives have a convention by computer and not up close and personal. Maybe it’s because Premier Jason Kenney is sitting self-isolated in front of his computer doing his speechifying with no live audience. Maybe it’s because these days […]

Today’s question: What is Trudeau hiding?

Oct 22 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Now that the prospect of a snap federal election is over, let’s review the extraordinary measures Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has used in his ongoing efforts to prevent the release of government documents — public documents — the opposition parties and Canadians have a right to see. First, Trudeau prorogued Parliament on Aug. 18.

More concerning revelations about the Liberals’ latest gun bans

Oct 17 2020 — Lorne Gunter — I shudder to think what gun owners in this country would have done without Dennis Young, the firearms researcher who has provided so much useful information on federal gun control efforts over the past 25 years. Working out of his home in Alberta, Young, a former Mountie and Parliament Hill staffer, has dug up more […]

Does the federal NDP even have any relevance now?

Oct 11 2020 — Lorne Gunter — What do we need an NDP for? I mean it. At the moment, the New Democrats are acting like flunkies for the Liberals. They are doing the political equivalent of holding the Liberals’ handbags, fetching them coffee and making sure their dry cleaning is picked up and their shoes polished.

Public and private sectors have different pandemic priorities

Oct 6 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — There’s one common characteristic of the individuals, officials and organizations working in the public sector urging Premier Doug Ford to reimpose lockdowns, particularly in Toronto and the GTA, to combat the spread of COVID-19. It’s that they all have jobs and as such may not fully appreciate the ongoing economic carnage in the private sector […]

Trudeau recreating McGuinty’s green energy disaster

Oct 4 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — When it comes to green energy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going down the same disastrous path for Canada that former premier Dalton McGuinty did for Ontario more than a decade ago. A case in point was last week’s announcement his government will spend $10 billion on green infrastructure and related projects, claiming this will […]

Trudeau doubles down on 32 years of failed climate policies

Sep 27 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — In supposedly fighting human-induced climate change, four different Canadian governments headed by four different prime ministers have set eight major national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the last 32 years. They failed to achieve any of them, or were so far behind when they left office, or are so far behind today, that none […]

Electric car plant subsidies bad deal for taxpayers

Sep 23 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The problem when governments spend public money on so-called “green” initiatives is that they spend it on the wrong things. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are spending on the wrong thing by using taxpayers’ money to help convert the Ford Motor Co. plant in Oakville to build electric vehicles.

Throne Speech must include a lifeline for restaurants

Sep 20 2020 — Perrin Beatty — Winter is coming and without help from Ottawa it will be particularly bleak for restaurants across Canada. Simply put, the situation is dire, with a majority of restaurants risking having to close permanently this fall. Right now, there is a trifecta of bad news: patios are closing, there is no prospect of office or holiday […]

Yet again, Liberals feel the rules aren’t for them

Sep 20 2020 — Lorne Gunter — Surely David MacNaughton, Canada’s former ambassador in Washington, knew his contacts with two cabinet ministers, the head of Canada’s armed forces and assorted senior political staffers and bureaucrats were a violation of federal conflict of interest rules. Before being appointed to our embassy in the U.S. capital, MacNaughton had been the head of StrategyCorp and […]