National Newswatch

Conservative leadership is no longer the prize it once was

Jan 25 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Who would have thought that Harry and Meghan would prove to be inspirational to the Conservative leadership race in Canada? On the very heels of the royal couple’s exit, three prominent Conservatives have also chosen the path less public, standing down from a chance to lead the party, with all the fame, duty and title […]

Attention, new MPs: Don’t be robots

Jan 22 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Canada’s top public servant has some words of advice to the rookie politicians first elected last fall, which they could print out and frame in their sparkling new Parliament Hill offices. “You are more than a mechanism to make Ottawa work,” Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart warned at an orientation session for new MPs on […]

In the Trump era, no trade deal can really protect Canada

Jan 22 2020 — Heather Scoffield — As Donald Trump brags to the world’s billionaires at Davos about his two newest trade deals — the revamped NAFTA and a new agreement with China — how should Canadians feel about these developments? Relief, no doubt. But a bit of trepidation, too. First, the relief. Since Trump came to power three years ago, vowing […]

Poilievre says he’d let Conservative MPs introduce abortion legislation, but that it wouldn’t pass

Jan 22 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Pierre Poilievre says that under his leadership, Conservative MPs would be free to bring forward legislation on abortion and vote according to their conscience. But the Ottawa-area MP, who has yet to officially announce his bid to lead the party, told the Star that no such legislation would be adopted under a Conservative government led […]

Calm down Trudeau haters, Tim Hortons is not a national treasure

Jan 21 2020 — Emma Teitel — Social media can be a drag but there’s no denying that it’s made a lot of remarkable things possible: it’s launched political revolutions, given a voice to the voiceless, and as we saw this week, enabled yet another incident of misplaced outrage, this one involving a Prime Minister and several boxes of doughnuts. Call it […]

The Trans Mountain pipeline will likely become one of the largest Indigenous-owned assets in the world — and that’s just the start

Jan 20 2020 — David Olive — It’s likely that sometime this year, control of the $13-billion Trans Mountain pipeline, one of the biggest megaprojects in Canadian history, will be transferred to First Nations investors. That transaction would be a historic turning point in relations between the First Nations and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Party leader must tick the right boxes

Jan 19 2020 — — It is always surprising there is such a wide gap between what journalist outsiders think goes into becoming a successful leader and what the partisans who must choose look for. You must be able to win over these activists, local leadership and, crucially, caucus members to move from convention fluke victor to long-term success. The […]

Laying blame can be a dangerous game

Jan 19 2020 — Penny Collenette — While most of the country continues to grieve with the families who have lost their loved ones in the hideous attack on Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, others will be focusing on foreign policy concerns when the House of Commons resumes sitting on Jan, 27. Simultaneously, the Conservative leadership race will be swinging into high […]

Political consequences: Here’s what the Trans Mountain pipeline fight has meant for Trudeau, Kenney and Horgan

Jan 17 2020 — — On the surface of things, Canada’s top court declared clear winners Thursday in a battle over one of the country’s most controversial energy projects. Those victors appeared to be the federal government and, consequently, the Alberta government, as the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that B.C. does not have the jurisdiction to restrict the flow […]