National Newswatch

The Calgary Oil and Gas Execs Backing Scheer Might Surprise You

Aug 14 2019 — — The oil and gas executives quietly working to get Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer elected prime minister this fall aren’t who you might expect. They’re not associated with big multinational companies like Shell, BP and Exxon, many of which are leaving the Alberta oilsands because they see expensive, high-carbon oil as a financial risk. Nor do […]

Stephen Harper Heads a Global Org That Helps Get Right-Wing Parties Elected. What Will It Do for Andrew Scheer?

Aug 6 2019 — Michael Harris — “If an election is worth winning, then there is someone willing to steal it.” — Mike Roman, Republican National Committee, and treasurer of the International Democratic Union. “Hi, it’s Sarah from the Conservative Party. Can the Conservative Party count on your support in the next federal election? Reply: Yes No” This text, sent on July […]

Svend Robinson: ‘Our Last Chance to Turn Things Around’

Jun 24 2019 — — Svend Robinson swears he didn’t plan this ahead of time. He’s showing me a letter he just received from a 75-year-old woman in Black Diamond, Alberta, urging him to do whatever he can to ensure that the federal NDP addresses climate change as the emergency it is. Enclosed with the letter is a handwritten cheque […]

NDP’s Sims Again Accused of Dodging of FOI Rules

May 14 2019 — — Allegations that B.C. Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims has been trying to thwart the province’s freedom of information laws could make it difficult for her to stay in her position, BC Liberal house leader Mary Polak said Monday. “She is responsible for oversight of these very laws,” Polak said. “I can’t see how she could […]

Cullen and Rankin: A Tyee Conversation

Apr 24 2019 — — For political junkies, the seemingly never-ending story surrounding the SNC-Lavalin scandal has been a gift that keeps on giving. Cabinet ministers quitting and then being tossed from the Liberal caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest advisors resigning. Chaos on budget day when the Conservatives loudly protested the Liberals’ decision to end the justice committee investigation […]

Why Has Trudeau Risked So Much for SNC-Lavalin?

Apr 9 2019 — Michael Harris — Justin Trudeau has hit the panic button. Unicorn sightings during Question Period are down to zero. After weeks of being drubbed by the opposition over LavScam, the prime minister is now threatening a lawsuit against Andrew Scheer, his chief detractor in this misbegotten affair. What’s next? Suing Andrew Coyne?

Trudeau’s Dumb Expulsions and Strange Compulsions

Apr 2 2019 — Michael Harris — They got Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Jane Philpott too, but this is just the beginning. You know you are in trouble in politics when your damage control is more damaging than what made it necessary. That is where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals find themselves today, as LavScam passed through its last, masochistic agony […]

Trudeau a Threat to Liberal Chances, Must Go: Martyn Brown

Mar 24 2019 — David Beers — Odds for RCMP probe rising, says former top aide to BC Liberal premier. On Friday, Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen offered some advice to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is likely to ignore. Let Jody Wilson-Raybould have her (additional) say. Stop muzzling her with cabinet confidence and solicitor-client privilege. Waive it.

Indigenous Scholars Decry ‘Character Assassination’ of Jody Wilson-Raybould

Feb 13 2019 — — From ‘star Liberal MP’ to ‘difficult and incompetent’… Really? On Feb. 12, the day after her last meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from Cabinet, signing “Puglaas” — her Kwak’wala name — and retained no less than the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, a former Supreme Court justice, to advise her on what […]

Site that Lied about NDP Leader During Election Lives in Web’s Shadows

Feb 11 2019 — — What Is Attorney Cocktail and who are the people behind it (assuming they aren’t just robots)? That’s the question The Tyee has chased down a hall of mirrors with lots of dead ends. So far we’ve demonstrated one concerning fact. Clickbait stories advertised on some of the world’s largest news sites are so shadowy that […]