National Newswatch

Maybe it’s Justin Trudeau who ‘experienced it differently’

Mar 21 2019 — Lisa Raitt — Over the course of the SNC-Lavalin affair, Justin Trudeau’s feminist credentials have been seriously challenged — and rightly so. Every time the Prime Minister has had the opportunity to do the right thing and support the women in his caucus who are speaking truth to power – he fails. Let’s look at the facts. Last […]

Trudeau’s budget is just another act

Mar 19 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — So how did it come to this? How did we come to have a prime minister who isn’t really a prime minister so much as he plays one on TV? For whom the clear meaning of words means nothing? Who flip-flops with every passing fad? Who, everyone knew — when his university buddy Gerald Butts […]

Liberals have double standard on terrorism

Mar 17 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Liberals condemning Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for not adequately denouncing the terrorist attack on Muslims at prayer in New Zealand by a suspected white supremacist would be more convincing if they weren’t so inadequate at denouncing Islamist terrorism themselves.

The Liberal strategists who came in from the cold

Mar 10 2019 — Anthony Furey — It was only a matter of time until it came to this. Not Lavscam per se. But something like it. Something that had the same basic nuts and bolts to the story: Senior figures in the Trudeau government publicly pushing back against the PM, derailing his agenda and creating a crisis in confidence.

Time for Michael Wernick to walk away with cushy pension

Mar 2 2019 — Andre Marin — On the same day former lawyer Michael Cohen was testifying before the U.S. Congress that he was the U.S. President’s fixer, having to act as a mender but doing so on what he described as “mob-style code language,” rather than direct orders or instructions, we had our former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testifying about being […]

Justin Trudeau just wasn’t ready

Mar 2 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — So, as it turns out, the Conservative campaign ad in the 2015 federal election was correct. Justin Trudeau wasn’t ready. And now, we’re reaping the whirlwind. We’re learning that electing a prime minister who would not have become prime minister, given the thinness of his resume, were his last name not “Trudeau,” has real-world consequences.

The Liberals, Conservatives and media have all failed on this mess

Mar 2 2019 — Jim Warren — Watching the players in Ottawa deal with the SNC-Lavalin issue, I’d say a pox on all their houses – the government, the opposition and the media. The Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office have handled it badly. The Official Opposition have handled it badly. The media have covered it badly. All of it […]

Trudeau government had secret plan to bring Jihadi Jack here: Report

Mar 1 2019 — — The suspected ISIS member known as ‘Jihadi Jack’ was days away from being welcomed into Canada when the U.S. and U.K. torpedoed the move, a British politician claims. Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle told Channel 4 that Jack Letts — whose father is Canadian — was to be smuggled out of Syria and brought here.

The unbearable lightness of Justin Trudeau

Feb 27 2019 — Anthony Furey — How on earth would he spin it? Forget spin. How on earth can he survive this? After watching Jody Wilson-Raybould’s calm, composed, lengthy and detailed damning testimony against Justin Trudeau, it was hard to imagine the PM would have anything to say in response besides staring at the cameras like a deer in the headlights. […]

‘Sunny ways’ finally laid to rest, thanks to Michael Wernick

Feb 26 2019 — Gerry Nicholls — The Clerk of the Privy Council’s recent controversial testimony before a Parliamentary committee will be remembered, I predict, as the official end of Canada’s “Sunny Ways” era. It’s easy to see why this might be so. After all, the Clerk, Michael Wernick, told the committee investigating the SNC-Lavalin scandal: “I am deeply concerned about my […]

Lavalin affair goes to the core of our democracy

Feb 24 2019 — Andre Marin — Weird, bizarre and partisan is how I’d describe Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick’s testimony at the House of Commons justice committee looking into the SNC-Lavallin affair. His opening statement had absolutely nothing to do with the matter before the committee.

Trudeau destroyed his promise of open government

Feb 24 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s performance in the SNC-Lavalin scandal makes a mockery of his 2015 Liberal election platform, “Real Change.” Trudeau’s most infamous broken pledge in that document was three years of “modest” deficits followed by a $1 billion surplus in year four. Now, as it turns out, Trudeau’s promises to Canadians in the chapter […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould can talk, lawyers say

Feb 21 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Many smart lawyers say former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould isn’t bound by solicitor-client privilege regarding her discussions with the Prime Minister’s Office in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Brian R.D. Smith of Gowlings, former attorney general of British Columbia, told last week: “I think she can tell the world. I hope she does. First of all, […]

Butts is out, which only fuels further speculation

Feb 18 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, has resigned. But, he says, it’s not because he’s done anything wrong in the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould affair. Uh, huh. Powerful people with nothing to hide resign all the time. In his resignation letter, posted online on Sunday, Butts insisted allegations he improperly pressured former Attorney General Jody […]