National Newswatch

Tory majority if federal election held today, poll says

Oct 17 2018 — — A new Forum Poll says the federal Conservatives would win a majority government if an election were held today. Some 1,226 Canadian voters were asked for whom they’d vote if an election were being held immediately. From that sample, the Conservative party would allegedly win support from 41% while the Liberals would take only 32% […]

Provoking Trump to boost Trudeau just puts NAFTA at further risk

Sep 27 2018 — Joe Oliver — Harmful mistakes by government are rarely rewarded by a boost in popularity. But when it happens, it is fair to ask whether the damage was deliberately inflicted on the country just to achieve a paradoxical but predictable surge in the polls. The Prime Minister and his chief NAFTA negotiator, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, […]

Four Calgary MLAs not seeking re-election not a reason to worry about NDP, says Notley

Sep 25 2018 — — While four NDP MLAs from the Calgary area have already announced they won’t be seeking re-election next year, Premier Rachel Notley downplayed the notion that it should reflect negatively on the state of her party. Michael Connolly, who represents the riding of Calgary-Hawkwood, announced over the weekend he would be leaving the legislature when his […]

Everyone wins with Trudeau’s carbon tax? No

Sep 24 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein — We all know if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the case with a new report by Canadians for Clean Prosperity. It claims the Trudeau government will implement a carbon tax where “the vast majority of households, regardless of income level, would receive more money in the form of carbon […]

(Not)withstanding judicial overreach is healthy for democracy

Sep 20 2018 — Joe Oliver — Premier Doug Ford no longer needs to invoke the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario Court of Appeal stayed the lower court’s ‘dubious’ ruling overturning legislation to reduce the size of the Toronto City Council. Since Ford said he might use it in other instances and because the issue is […]

Trudeau hooks “conservative” Premier Brian Pallister

Sep 13 2018 — Tom Brodbeck — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s happy Premier Brian Pallister is moving ahead with a Manitoba carbon tax. Of course he is. He just snookered Pallister into bringing in his own provincial tax and got him to endorse a Liberal plan most provinces are now rejecting. The prime minister, who made a stop in Winnipeg […]

Jagmeet Singh was right to call out Jason Kenney

Sep 9 2018 — Tom Parkin — Only ten days ago, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down Prime Minister Trudeau’s approval of the Trans Mountain project. The court found two failings in Trudeau’s approval. He failed to properly consult affected First Nations. He failed to consider increased tanker traffic on Canada’s Pacific Ocean environment. The court left a fairly specific road […]

Blame-throwers fired up in wake of pipeline fiasco

Sep 3 2018 — Tom Parkin — Rarely has there been such a monumental policy failure as the Trans Mountain pipeline. And now the politicians who brought you this disaster are lyin’ and blamin’ — when they should be apologizing. A quick look back. The National Energy Board reviewed the Trans Mountain project. The NEB recommended the Trudeau cabinet approve it and […]

Former PC candidate launches bombshell dirty politics suit against Horwath, NDP

Aug 27 2018 — Antonella Artuso — A former Ontario PC candidate who says he was falsely accused of sending a threatening email just days before the provincial election has launched a $2.45 million libel and defamation lawsuit against Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, his former employer Toronto Police Services and others, according to his statement of claim. Roshan Nallaratnam’s bombshell lawsuit […]

Jagmeet Singh has ground to make up

Aug 13 2018 — Tom Parkin — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has put it all on the line. He’s running in a by-election in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South. A loss could be politically fatal. But with a win, the idea might start to catch on that the political class needs a swift kick in the pants. It’s pretty clear now […]

Trudeau can’t reverse course on Saudi Arabia now

Aug 12 2018 — Jim Warren — While Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the Trudeau government may have inadvertently backed into a wider conflict with Saudi Arabia with its stance on jailed blogger Raif Badawi and his sister Samar, it cannot reverse course on human rights or its stance on Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Freeland stand on the […]

Saudi spat shows need for Canadian oil pipelines

Aug 10 2018 — Lorne Gunter — On Thursday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the current diplomatic spat between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Ottawa would not affect Saudi oil sales to Canada. Of course not. That’s money we pay them. Everything action they’ve take so far affects only money they send us. The Saudis aren’t stupid. We get […]