National Newswatch

Nuclear power, natural gas are fuels of the future

Jul 3 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — The previous Liberal government of Ontario — whatever its failings — can rightly boast it successfully completed one of North America’s largest-ever reductions of industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to human-induced climate change. From 2003 to 2014, a remarkably short time frame for such an achievement, premier Dalton McGuinty and his successor Kathleen Wynne cut […]

Lessons in plastic ban living from Europe

Jun 30 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Just back from Europe, were there are already lots of bans on single-use plastics, especially plastic straws. Two pieces of advice for Canadians as we get set for a federally imposed ban beginning in 2021: Learn to drink quickly and give up milkshakes. If you take too long to drink through a paper straw, it […]

Trudeau’s a ‘populist’ but just doesn’t know it

Jun 30 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Whenever Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals accuse Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party of “populism” leading up to the Oct. 21 election, remember this. While the PM means it as a knock against Scheer — essentially equating “populism” with racism and white supremacy — Trudeau’s every bit as much of a “populist” […]

Why hiking taxes on the rich doesn’t pay

Jun 26 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Making the rich pay higher taxes is, according to politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a tried, true and easy way of making life better for average Canadians. Trudeau, for example, hiked the top federal income tax rate in 2016 for those earning more than $210,000 annually by four percentage […]

Doug Ford has so far influenced conservatives across Canada

Jun 23 2019 — Jim Warren — After one year in office, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has dramatically changed the way Conservatives play politics and, in the process, influenced how Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched his government this spring. Ford’s new political playbook also will impact an Andrew Scheer government if he wins in October in Ottawa. Love him or loathe him, […]

All of sudden, Trudeau has conservatives boxed in

Jun 23 2019 — Anthony Furey — Throughout the first half of the year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was against the ropes. He was hammered almost daily by first the China mess and then Lavscam and it even seemed – for a few days – that his political demise was imminent. A lot of that is gone now. Yes, Trudeau’s numbers dropped […]

How Doug Ford repeated brother Rob Ford’s mistake

Jun 23 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — When Premier Doug Ford promised no one employed in Ontario’s public sector would lose his or her job in last year’s election, he made the same mistake as his late brother, Rob Ford. That was in the 2010 Toronto mayoral race, when Rob Ford guaranteed no city services would be cut.

Scheer’s climate pledge is nonsense, just like Trudeau’s

Jun 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s long-awaited climate change plan means the Tories will now join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in lying through their teeth leading up to the Oct. 21 election. Scheer’s 60-page plan released Wednesday, which does not include a carbon tax, says the greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed to by Trudeau […]

Alberta, those pipeline chickens aren’t hatched

Jun 19 2019 — Rick Bell — Pardon me if I don’t get up and kiss Trudeau’s butt. To be fair, the thumbs-up for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, a pipeline Canadian taxpayers now own because the former owners wouldn’t deal with all the BS and bailed, is better than a kick in the ass with a frozen boot. But we face […]

Trudeau’s grand bargain on pipelines has failed

Jun 18 2019 — — When it comes to addressing human-induced climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gambled in the 2015 election that he could satisfy both environmentalists and the oil industry. He failed. Trudeau said he would bring in a national carbon tax/price, giving him the “social licence” to build pipelines exporting Canada’s land-locked oil resources in western Canada […]

McKenna’s ludicrous promise on carbon pricing

Jun 16 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s assertion last week that the Trudeau government, if re-elected, will freeze its carbon price/tax at $50 per tonne of emissions after 2022 is ludicrous. It runs counter to everything the federal government’s own experts have said about the need to re-assess the effectiveness of the federal carbon price/tax post 2022, to […]

McKenna’s smear of oil industry will cost Canada billions

Jun 16 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Want to know why federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna turned down the bulk of important amendments to the Liberal government’s Bill C-69 – the pipeline assessment legislation that will make approval for new projects so complicated it has been dubbed the No More Pipelines Act? McKenna rejected nearly 80 amendments – the ones designed to […]

Scheer’s great climate plan unveil to get mid-week spotlight

Jun 15 2019 — Mark Bonokoski — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna must have invented a magical social media gizmo that allows her to be on Twitter, Facebook and an assortment of similar soap boxes seemingly every minute of every day. Downtime seems to be missing from her agenda. McKenna embarrasses even the go-go of the Energizer Bunny as she goes about the […]