National Newswatch

A Spring Election Pitting Trudeau against Poilievre?

Sep 9 2022 — Michael Harris — When Thomas Hobbes wrote that without government life would be “nasty, brutish and short,” he could also have been describing the upcoming session of Parliament. When MPs return this month, get ready for rock ’em, sock ’em politics. But don’t worry. It won’t last long. By spring, the whole parliamentary Pier 9 brawl could well […]

Yep, Conservatives Paid for a WeChat Ad Lying about Trudeau

Aug 26 2020 — — Elections Canada confirms it happened and why it’s doing nothing, ten months after The Tyee filed a complaint. If a political party pays a user of an online platform to post an advertisement that lies about a politician’s position on an issue, that is not a problem for the commissioner of Canada Elections.

Can Trudeau Change the Channel?

Aug 21 2020 — Michael Harris — In politics, the end sometimes comes with blessed suddenness. It beats the slow death that the opposition normally inflicts on rival public figures under investigation by the ethics commissioner, the ethics and finance committees or the RCMP. Bill Morneau was dead man walking from the moment he testified in front of a parliamentary committee last […]

Trudeau Swims Free, Leaving Morneau to Thrash

Jul 30 2020 — Michael Harris — “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” Measured against the Ralph Waldo Emerson standard, the political opposition shot and missed, even though the prime minister of Canada was a sitting duck at a 90-minute appearance in front of the House of Commons finance committee.

Insiders Say Harper’s Fingerprints Are All over Leadership Race

May 16 2020 — Michael Harris — He’s backing O’Toole, sandbagging MacKay, say sources. The hapless remnants of the Harper Party never learn. Trailing the Liberals by 10 points in this week’s political tracking report from pollster Nik Nanos, the Conservative Party of Canada is once again bungling its way through its latest search for a winner at the box office.

Why Trudeau’s Circus Act May Not Survive Blockade Crisis

Mar 5 2020 — Michael Harris — Is the curtain coming down on the Justin Trudeau era in Canadian politics? When the next election rolls around, both the Conservative and Green parties will have new leaders. Even NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is newish. No one should be surprised if the Liberal party follows suit. The case for dumping Justin Trudeau before the […]

Anne Kingston: A Feminist Journalist Who Made a Difference

Feb 24 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — In a world where ‘feminism’ has become a cheap marketing tool for some, Anne Kingston was authentically and unabashedly feminist. Kingston, who died this month at 62, was insatiably curious. She was driven to demand better of everything and everyone. Hers was the calibre of journalism that left editors’ minds spinning, and competing writers — […]

Peter MacKay? ‘Good Luck Mister’ Indeed

Feb 10 2020 — Michael Harris — So far, it’s déjà vu for the French bluffing, macho posturing, Harper-whipped throwback. He can’t speak French, he views the media as either a vanity mirror or the enemy, and a rubber boot has more ideas. So why is Peter MacKay the favourite to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? Chaos. […]

Conservatives Need to Break Free of Harper Era. But They Won’t

Jan 13 2020 — Michael Harris — For the second time in just over two years, the Conservative Party of Canada is getting a chance to hit the reset button. The first time they opted for the hapless Andrew Scheer. The choice reflected the mistaken notion that you can have change without change. Here’s why they’ll blow it again and jam the […]

How the ‘New NAFTA’ Will Affect Canadians

Dec 10 2019 — Scott Sinclair — After months of talks, House Democrats and the Trump administration have agreed on revisions to the Canada–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) that will likely clear the way for U.S. congressional approval. Although Canada was sidelined in these discussions, the Democrats won some significant improvements to the “New NAFTA” that will benefit Canadians. The biggest change is the […]

Scheer, Who Is Toast, Should Have Listened to Preston Manning

Oct 29 2019 — Michael Harris — It is said that April is the cruelest month. If T. S. Eliot has it right, that’s when Andrew Scheer will realize that only the winner gets the real cigar. April 2020 is the date set for the automatic review of Scheer’s leadership. About that time Scheer will learn that if you want loyalty, buy […]