National Newswatch

Grandma would never recognize today’s Tories

Feb 19 2018 — Geoffrey Stevens — Words fail me,” a longtime Ontario Tory insider. This veteran of many campaigns is not alone. Many of his fellows — organizers, workers, candidates and rank-and-file members — are aghast at what is going on in the party they have supported through good times and not-so-good times. Remember, the Progressive Conservatives were the political dynasty […]

Corridors of power are a minefield for some

Feb 10 2018 — Luisa D'Amato — Sexual harassment is not just about sex. It’s part of something bigger. John Milloy, former Kitchener Centre MPP who held several cabinet positions for the Ontario Liberal government, described it this week in a column about workplace harassment. The flood of stories about sexual misconduct is only part of the story, he says in the […]

A taste of humble pie due Trudeau

Dec 26 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — John Diefenbaker waggled his finger sternly across the aisle as he instructed the Liberal government of the day in 1968: “It is a long road that has no ash cans.” While the provenance of Dief’s metaphor is obscure, his warning was clear. You think know what you are doing, but don’t get so full of […]

Trump is Trudeau’s secret weapon

Dec 18 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — “Good grief, Charlie Brown!” How else can one react to the news that has set the blogosphere aflutter — or, should we say, atwitter? The news: Justin Trudeau, our very own prime minister, has been named the Second Most Influential Person in the World. Wow! The honour was bestowed last week by LinkedIn, a Microsoft-owned […]

Dief-style attacks not working for Scheer

Dec 11 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — The most frustrated politician in Ottawa these days has to be Andrew Scheer. He has been leader of the opposition for six months, long enough to have moved out of the shadow of his predecessor, Stephen Harper, and long enough to put his own stamp on the Conservative party. It’s also been long enough to […]

Trudeau must sell Khadr deal before it drags him under

Jul 10 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — “We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada. Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason. So congratulations on the job you are doing.”— Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg , Germany, on Saturday. So there you have it — a ringing endorsement […]

O’Leary not as repugnant as Trump, but …

Jan 23 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — Arlene Dickinson, former star of CBC’s “Dragons’ Den,” wasted little time putting her former co-star in his place when she was asked what she thought of Kevin O’Leary’s entry into the Conservative leadership race last week. “For seven years, I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with Kevin,” she said. “We’d spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian […]

Trudeau’s trip: Transparency took a holiday, too

Jan 9 2017 — — One of the trickiest questions in politics concerns where to draw the line between the public’s right to know and the politicians’ right to privacy. The question is not a new one. It is an active concern in Washington where President-elect Donald Trump’s many private business activities — not to mention the involvement of his […]

A perfect ‘would-have-been’ Conservative leader

Jan 2 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — This being a brand new year, why don’t we try something different? Imagine, if you can, gentle reader, that you are a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party of Canada. You are looking anxiously for a permanent replacement for Stephen Harper in the CPC leadership election this coming May. You have studied the swollen field […]

Wynne: When will the Liberal knives come out?

Dec 26 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — Anyone who has made a career in politics will tell you that two of the most difficult decisions involve timing: When to get in and when to get out. Of the two, the getting-out decision is often the more difficult. Canadians saw evidence of that back in the 1960s when John Diefenbaker, a former prime […]

Tories need to get Ambrose to become permanent leader

Dec 12 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — If the federal Conservatives had their wits about them they would do what the Royal Navy did back in the age of sail when it sent forth “press gangs” to forcibly conscript — or “impress” — seafaring men to crew its warships. They would send a press gang off to Stornoway to confront their interim […]

If Trudeau breaks his word, he’ll be kicked out

Oct 21 2016 — Luisa D'Amato — It looks like a pants-on-fire moment for Canada’s very own Sun King. A year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was making this sweeping promise in his campaign literature as he prepared for victory in last year’s election: “We will make every vote count. “We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal […]

Julian steps down as NDP House Leader to seriously consider leadership

Oct 19 2016 — — The MP for New Westminster-Burnaby announced Wednesday he’s stepping down as the NDP House Leader so he can decide whether to run for the party’s leadership next year. In an exclusive interview with the NOW, Peter Julian said he is “seriously considering it” and that constituents from both communities have encouraged him to go for […]