National Newswatch

Ukraine is winning the propaganda war. That will matter, one day

Mar 2 2022 — Jen Gerson — Perhaps it’s simply the inevitable consequence of protracted news overload, but the war in Ukraine feels surreal. Pulling up the news, following Twitter, none of it feels like reality, but rather like we’re all collectively remembering an event that was always destined to happen. Perhaps I’m the only one suffering from this dissociative state? Or […]

Huh, who’d have guessed. It turns out we needed more Cold War thinking

Feb 25 2022 — Matt Gurney — “Governor Romney,” then-U.S. president Barack Obama said in 2012, during a presidential election debate, “I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask […]

Dispatch from the Coutts Front: God, guns, Jenga and Bob Seger

Feb 15 2022 — Jen Gerson — It’s difficult to describe how remote a place Coutts, Alberta really is. To those of us who live in the province, the vast expanse of dun-coloured land and grass, the pump jacks and cattle and dust, the subtle shift of blue and gray sky, the rolling foothills and distant mountains all become so normal after […]

The Backlash

Feb 8 2022 — Jen Gerson — Everyone is a hypocrite. Perhaps this is just a feature of human nature, and I should learn to be more compassionate toward hypocrisy — including my own. No one is consistent all the time, and we all go a little cross-eyed when we’re angry. But, Jesus. In the last few weeks, I’ve watched lefties who […]

Dispatch from the Ottawa Front: Hot dogs, horns and hard men

Feb 7 2022 — Matt Gurney — This crowd is mostly friendly. But anyone telling you there’s no dark edge here is either blind, or lying to you. Years ago, I knew a guy who owned a few sports bars in suburban Toronto. One of his places was my much-beloved local. They were friendly bars with friendly staff, local community hubs, and […]

Dear Conservatives; Grow up

Feb 4 2022 — Andrew MacDougall — One suspects Conservative MPs love British Prime Minister Boris Johnson more than they do Erin O’Toole. The fact O’Toole is now colonizing the curb outside Stornoway is proof enough. But the two men are more similar than they might think. No, O’Toole has never been caught with his pecker somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be […]

Will Ontarians stick with Doug Ford?

Jan 6 2022 — Matt Gurney — Kathleen Wynne, former premier of Ontario, is a thoughtful, intelligent and decent person. But she has one hell of a political weakness, a blindspot, as it were. It might not have cost her the last election, but it made the defeat more crushing and painful than it had to be. And this blindspot hasn’t gone […]

The Washington Post clearly doesn’t get Canada

Dec 23 2021 — Dale Smith — It’s becoming a bit of a habit; the Washington Post publishes an inflammatory column by one of its go-to Canadians, J.J. McCullough, only for the Canadian politics Twitter sphere to erupt in outrage and hate-clicks because McCullough had, once again, gotten something important totally wrong. But as much as people (rightfully) rail about how McCullough […]

Our constitutional time bomb has finally gone off

Dec 15 2021 — Andrew Potter — In 1982, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the provincial premiers inserted a time bomb into the Canadian constitution. It finally went off last week, when an elementary school teacher in West Quebec was removed from the classroom for wearing a hijab, in violation of Bill 21, the province’s secularism law. The case has generated no […]

Dominic Barton is out. Who will take over the China file?

Dec 8 2021 — J. Michael Cole — Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China for the past two years, has announced he will step down at the end of this month. Despite Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly’s contention that he “will be remembered throughout history as one of Canada’s great diplomats,” Mr. Barton will instead serve as a footnote […]

Your expectations are a problem

Dec 3 2021 — Matt Gurney — Your expectations are a problem, my friends. Let’s get a few caveats out of the way: I don’t mean you, personally and exclusively (though someone will undoubtedly take this as a direct insult). This is very much a comment on Canada and the Western world broadly. And I also don’t mean expectations in the sense […]