National Newswatch

Trudeau’s Ottawa and another day of adventure in absurdity

Jun 7 2023 — — This is all you need to know about Ottawa. This is all you need to know about what’s wrong with Ottawa. It is so bad, in the cocoon of the capital, acting students seeing the surreal spectacle would consider it a clumsy example of theatre of the absurd led by, of all people, a former […]

Danielle Smith, UCP win, the NDP dream was just a dream

May 30 2023 — Rick Bell — On a night when the vote count was a historic screwup of epic proportions, Danielle Smith prevailed. The UCP prevailed. As for the NDP, they wanted this ballot battle to be a referendum on the UCP leader. Smith the risky one, Smith the unpredictable, Smith with her trademark spacewalks where she would sometimes journey into […]

Why is David Johnston the decider on foreign interference?

May 28 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — Ever since David Johnston delivered his 55-page report on election interference by Beijing, the fundamental question remains unchanged. Why is an unelected friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, chosen by the PM and paid for by taxpayers, in charge of deciding whether there should be a public inquiry into foreign interference, an option Johnston has […]

Our soft-on-crime philosophy began 50 years ago

Apr 30 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — Federal Justice Minister David Lametti is right when he says passing federal legislation to toughen bail conditions for repeat violent offenders — which he says he will introduce during the current session of Parliament — won’t in and of itself address legitimate concerns about public safety.

Poilievre slams ‘woke anti-police agenda’ as ‘ugly extremism’

Apr 14 2023 — Rick Bell — Buy the ticket, take the ride. When the guy who wants to be Canada’s next prime minister takes no time at all to go after what he calls “pointy-headed professors,” the elitists and know-nothing experts who have been proven wrong about crime and social disorder, you know this one-on-one encounter will not be a waste […]

Chattering class can’t handle truth about Trudeau’s carbon tax

Apr 9 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — As Upton Sinclair famously said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” That has been on full display among the chattering classes in Ottawa of late among politicians, rent-seekers and special interest groups whose political and economic fortunes depend on the public believing […]

Trudeau budget exposes another carbon tax failure

Apr 1 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal carbon tax is the most efficient, market-driven way to lower greenhouse gas emissions — as he told us it was — why has his budget launched us into a 10-year, $83-billion, taxpayer-subsidized, bidding war with the U.S. to attract so-called clean energy technology?

Trudeau’s pledge of open government has become a farce

Mar 23 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — Whatever happened to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of “open and transparent government” when he was elected in 2015? “It is time to shine more light on government and ensure it remains focused on the people it is meant to serve,” Trudeau declared in his campaign platform that year.

Trudeau wags the dog on foreign interference in our elections

Mar 19 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appointment of former governor general David Johnston as his “eminent rapporteur” on foreign interference by China in the last two federal elections is a classic “wag the dog” political strategy. Wag the dog, short for the tail wagging the dog, means distracting from a politically damaging issue by creating a diversion.

Poilievre — what the heck does he need to do to beat Trudeau?

Mar 14 2023 — Rick Bell — I know, I know. There’s likely no federal election battle any time soon. I know, I know. The numbers are a snapshot in time and the fickle finger of fate is ever moving. Still, when the latest from Abacus Data hits the streets Monday afternoon you have to wonder. The nose count, done from March […]

PM’s response to foreign interference scandal contains elements of farce

Mar 12 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — As serious as the subject is, there’s an element of farce to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sudden conversion to the reality that Canada’s democratic institutions are under threat from foreign powers like China. One illustration is that Trudeau is asking a parliamentary committee that he created in 2017 to investigate foreign interference in Canada’s elections.

Trudeau government equals more staff, less service

Feb 26 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — Canadians are paying more and getting less from the Trudeau government, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. In a series of recent reports, testimony before parliamentary committees and media interviews, Yves Giroux — an independent, non-partisan financial watchdog of government spending — paints a grim picture of increasing expenditures borne by taxpayers and deteriorating public […]

China’s assault on our democracy shouldn’t be state secret

Feb 19 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — What level of interference in Canada’s elections would China have to commit before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government tells us about it? According to reporting by Robert Fife and Steven Chase on Friday, CSIS documents seen by the Globe and Mail outline a highly organized campaign of interference in Canada’s 2021 election, where Beijing’s dictators […]

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