National Newswatch

Trudeau’s COVID spending means decades of debt — Report

May 26 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — The new normal for Canadians because of the COVID-19 recession will be unprecedented levels of government spending and debt for decades to come, according to a new study by the Fraser Institute released Tuesday. Whatever one thinks of the massive stimulus and support programs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been announcing for weeks to help […]

More wind turbines will prolong COVID-19 recession

May 24 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — As the global economy struggles to recover from the recession caused by COVID-19, what we don’t need are more wind turbines and solar panels. We need more fossil fuel energy and nuclear power. To recover from the recession as consumers return to the marketplace and businesses ramp up the production of goods and services, we […]

Look to the provinces, frustrated conservatives

May 22 2020 — Sean Speer, — The prevailing view that Andrew Scheer and the Conservative party have performed poorly in the COVID-19 crisis is mostly unjustified but the problem with conventional wisdom is that it ultimately becomes convention. Recent polls show that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has completely rebounded from his “blackface” scandal and would now win a major election victory […]

Primo price tag for PM’s cottage renos

May 20 2020 — Kris Sims — For the money the feds are wasting on renovating the prime minister’s official cottage at Harrington Lake, Canadian taxpayers could buy mega mansions lock, stock and barrel, and we’d still have Lamborghini money left over. The National Capital Commission is spending more than $8.6 million in taxpayers’ money to renovate just one of Harrington Lake’s […]

Biden’s no friend of Canada in opposing Keystone

May 20 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — There’s nothing surprising about presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden saying if he defeats Republican President Donald Trump in November, he’ll kill the Keystone XL pipeline. This latest fight over the $8-billion, 1,930-km pipeline intended to move bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, is all about American presidential politics […]

Taiwan, unlike Canada, has defeated COVID-19

May 17 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — From the day China notified the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, 2019, that a new pneumonia of unknown cause was circulating in Wuhan — while concealing that it was spreading by human transmission — Taiwan did everything to protect its citizens but Canada did not. On that same day, Taiwan notified the World Health […]

At least Jason Kenney’s taking a stand on China

May 17 2020 — Lorne Gunter — “Western countries, including Canada and the United States, must have a reset in their relationship with China — and part of that reset, in my judgment, must be a deliberate effort to onshore production, particularly on critical supplies.” That’s what Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told a virtual roundtable sponsored by the Canadian America

Quebec the epicentre of COVID-19 in Canada

May 16 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — While the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 change hour by hour, what they consistently show is that ground zero for the pandemic in Canada is Quebec. With only 22.6% of Canada’s population, Quebec recorded as of Friday morning 61% of all COVID-19-related deaths in Canada (3,351 of 5,499), and 55% of all […]

Has the high-flying Peter MacKay come down to Earth?

May 16 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — Before card-carrying Conservatives lick the envelope to seal their vote for their next federal leader, they might be wise to ask front-runner Peter MacKay if his tastes are now less extravagant. Jeeez-uz, Bono, I hear you cry. What in hell ancient muck are you trying to rake up now? Give it a rest, pal.

Canadians have had it with China’s dictators

May 14 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be reluctant to criticize China’s dictators for their role in the global spread of COVID-19, but the Canadian public has a very different view. A new poll by Angus Reid Institute shows public opinion of China —already low because of its December, 2018 arrest and detention of Canadians Michael Spavor […]

MacKay and O’Toole need to Trump-up leadership campaigns

May 12 2020 — Mark Bonokoski — The emails from Donald Trump are now coming in fast and furiously — more than all the campaign missives from Canadian leadership contenders Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole combined — with November’s presidential election approaching faster than Paul Revere approaching midnight. They just keep coming and coming, with some fine print at the bottom to […]

Re-open Canada and let the individual decide

May 12 2020 — Anthony Furey — Remember a couple of weeks ago when the State of Georgia was re-opening and we were told the sky was going to fall? They were the first major jurisdiction to take the leap, re-opening many businesses on April 24 only a few weeks after first imposing their lockdown. The list of businesses included hair salons […]

There is no magical energy transformation for Canada

May 10 2020 — Lorne Gunter — There are two things we can say about “renewable” energy: It seldom produces more energy than it takes to capture and release its energy – meaning many renewable projects have energy deficits. And renewables almost always cost more tax dollars than they bring in; meaning budget deficits. Ontario’s 10-year “green” energy experiment under the former […]

Our leaders fretted about racism more than COVID-19

May 10 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — One of the most infuriating blunders of Canada’s political class in the ongoing pandemic was obsessing about alleged massive societal racism against Canadians of Chinese origin, when the real crisis was the looming carnage of COVID-19. Politicians and public health officials overestimated the threat posed by racism, while underestimating the threat posed by the coronavirus, […]