National Newswatch

Conservative leadership front-runner Peter MacKay self-isolating after family vacation to Mexico

Mar 29 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Peter MacKay is self-isolating. The presumptive front-runner in the Conservative leadership campaign had sought to avoid this, keeping himself separate from his family after they returned from a holiday in Mexico and they then entered into isolation per Canada’s rules to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to his camp, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and […]

Justin Trudeau will deal with the economy later. For now, he just wants to make sure you have a paycheque

Mar 29 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Federal authorities have identified their economic arch-enemy in this crisis, and it is bankruptcy. Both the federal government and the Bank of Canada showered small businesses with money and measures on Friday — tens of billions in subsidies, credit and deferred taxes, plus many billions more to help the financial system function well enough to […]

COVID-19 is a catalyst for change as much as a crisis

Mar 29 2020 — — Responding to the events of the past few weeks, Canadians have proven their remarkable capacity for compassion, understanding and sacrifice. As the impact of COVID-19 has set in around the world, here at home our governments, businesses and fellow citizens have, for the most part, set out in earnest to do the right, Canadian thing.

Trust is key to leading through the crisis

Mar 29 2020 — — Managing a crisis successfully must be built on trust. Even authoritarian regimes don’t have the capacity to enforce the best behaviour of every citizen. No democracy would ever go there. But building a network of trust is a life’s work. A single bad decision can destroy that painstaking process, in an instant.

Peter MacKay is self-destructing in the face of COVID-19. Is he really who the Conservatives want to lead them?

Mar 27 2020 — Chantal Hébert — By the time the federal Conservative party belatedly pulled the plug on its June leadership vote, Peter MacKay, the presumed front-runner to succeed Andrew Scheer, was well on the way to self-destruction. Knowing that campaign suspension train was about to leave the station on Thursday, MacKay’s team could apparently think of nothing better than to […]

Doug Ford has risen to the coronavirus challenge

Mar 22 2020 — Jaime Watt — As the spread of COVID-19 has utterly transformed life as we know it, it has also emerged as the most profound test of political leadership in a generation or more. Of course, the pandemic is, first and foremost, a health crisis. In the global response, doctors and public health authorities have been foregrounded, and rightfully […]

Overcoming public fear is a crucial test for governments

Mar 22 2020 — Penny Collenette — “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” So said Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, on March 4, 1933. Governments exist to provide public safety and security for their citizens. But what happens when they can’t? How will our political leaders […]