National Newswatch

Why did Xi scold Trudeau? Maybe because Canada spent years helping China erode human rights

Nov 18 2022 — — Chinese president Xi Jinping has given Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a well-publicized dressing-down, accusing him of leaking to the media the contents of a meeting between the two leaders about alleged Chinese interference in the 2019 federal election. The confrontation has grabbed attention around the world and sparked debate about the ways diplomatic conversations […]

Why did Xi scold Trudeau? Maybe because Canada spent years helping China erode human rights

Nov 18 2022 — David Webster — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping after taking part in the closing session at the G20 Leaders Summit in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick David Webster, Western University Chinese president Xi Jinping has given Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a well-publicized dressing-down, accusing him of leaking […]

A Canadian senator aims to end the widespread financial backing of fossil fuels

Nov 6 2022 — Bruce Campbell — The United Nations climate change conference, COP27, has begun in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. In the lead-up to the conference, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report revealed “a litany of broken climate promises” by governments and corporations. “It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that […]

How Danielle Smith won in Alberta and what it means for Canada

Oct 7 2022 — Lisa Young — Danielle Smith rode a wave of Alberta populism to win the United Conservative Party leadership on the sixth ballot. When she is sworn in as premier, she will be a new and potentially disruptive force in Canadian politics. “No longer will Alberta ask permission from Ottawa to be prosperous and free,” Smith said in her […]

How Danielle Smith won in Alberta and what it means for Canada

Oct 7 2022 — Lisa Young — Danielle Smith celebrates after being chosen as the new leader of the United Conservative Party and next Alberta premier in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Lisa Young, University of Calgary Danielle Smith rode a wave of Alberta populism to win the United Conservative Party leadership on the sixth ballot. When […]

Why major Canadian railways must no longer be permitted to police themselves

Sep 21 2022 — Bruce Campbell — Major railways in Canada, alone among private sector corporations, have their own police forces with full investigative and jurisdictional powers over accidents on, or near, their property. These unique powers — a historic anomaly dating back to the 19th century when railways were being built across North America — have, until recently, escaped public scrutiny. […]

Why does Pierre Poilievre appeal to young Canadians? It’s all about economics

Sep 1 2022 — Sam Routley — Pierre Poilievre’s appeal to young voters, something of a novelty for Canadian Conservative politicians, raises questions about both his popularity and the ability of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) to capitalize on the trend over the long term. Why has Poilievre, unlike his recent predecessors, been successful at gaining support among younger voters, and […]

Why does Pierre Poilievre appeal to young Canadians? It’s all about economics

Sep 1 2022 — Sam Routley — Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre poses for photographs with supporters at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in April 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Sam Routley, Western University Pierre Poilievre’s appeal to young voters, something of a novelty for Canadian Conservative politicians, raises questions about both his popularity and the ability of the […]

A former whistleblower explains the dangers of Canada’s feeble whistleblowing laws

Aug 24 2022 — Ian Bron — Canada has had whistleblowing laws since 2007, when the federal government’s Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) came into force. All provinces have followed suit, most adopting modified versions of the PSDPA. But there is no evidence that any of these laws work. A recent study by the International Bar Association’s legal policy and research […]

A former whistleblower explains the dangers of Canada’s feeble whistleblowing laws

Aug 24 2022 — Ian Bron — Canadian laws protecting whistleblowers are generally pushed through in the aftermath of a crisis, but rarely turn out to be effective. (Shutterstock) Ian Bron, Carleton University Canada has had whistleblowing laws since 2007, when the federal government’s Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) came into force. All provinces have followed suit, most adopting modified versions […]

How Québec’s Bill 21 could be vanquished by a rarely used Charter provision

Aug 23 2022 — — This November, the Québec Court of Appeal will hear an appeal of Hak v. Attorney General of Québec on the constitutionality of Bill 21, which prohibits public service workers from wearing religious symbols. The trial decision upheld the law in most respects, except for its impact on the management of the province’s minority-language school boards. […]