National Newswatch

Canada’s richest didn’t flee from tax hike

Apr 23 2019 — Heather Scoffield — It was bold and controversial at the time, and remains so today. Critics were quick to pounce when the federal Liberals presented their big and expensive tax-and-transfer package of the 2015 election campaign as an experimental remedy to income inequality and the populism it often spawns, They said the tax elements of the package — […]

Elizabeth May’s honeymoon could be just beginning

Apr 22 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Elizabeth May’s marriage on Monday may be the start of an extended political honeymoon for her Green Party — starting in Prince Edward Island on Tuesday and quite possibly in Canada at large later this year. All signs currently point to this being a very good week for May and the Greens, part of a […]

The fragile façade of Confederation

Apr 21 2019 — Jaime Watt — Just as it is for most people who do what I do for a living, our office is littered with television monitors tuned to a variety of news channels from around the world. And like it is for most of us, we become inured to the onslaught of images that come our way. Some real. […]

Isn’t it time the wealthy paid fair taxes?

Apr 21 2019 — Robin V. Sears — The wealthy are expert at hanging on to their wealth, often through concealing its existence in tax shelters, offshore, and in private corporations. It’s part of the reason our wealth inequality is now growing very fast. The Trudeau government is fond of bragging about how much its tax changes have done to bring tax fairness […]

This woman asked Trudeau about Islamophobia. Then the online hate began

Apr 18 2019 — — Rubab Qureshi stood in the House of Commons this month and asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau how Canada plans to combat the rise of white nationalism and Islamophobia. That is, beyond words of condemnation. Qureshi was taking part in Daughters of the Vote, an event meant to encourage young women to become more politically active. […]

No replacement in sight for Gerald Butts

Apr 16 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau isn’t looking for a new Gerald Butts. It’s been two months this week since the SNC-Lavalin controversy claimed Trudeau’s right-hand man, and the Prime Minister’s Office is confirming that no new principal secretary will be coming in soon to replace Butts.

Results of Alberta vote could drive last nail in coffin of Trudeau’s national climate-change framework

Apr 15 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Of the premiers of the four larger provinces who signed off on Justin Trudeau’s climate-change framework three year ago, only Rachel Notley is left. That makes her the second most prominent Canadian political leader — after the prime minister — to support the notion that it is desirable to strike a balance between pipeline building […]