National Newswatch

Political whistleblowers deserve our thanks

Feb 17 2019 — Robin V. Sears — Politicians of all stripes love whistleblowers — until they are in power. Then the offending civil servant, public employee, or angry citizen becomes a “disloyal, illegal leaker!” Of all the many hypocritical hobby horses in political life there are few that can match this dichotomy. The Ford government was badly bruised this month when their […]

Why SNC-Lavalin deserves to avoid prosecution

Feb 17 2019 — Jaime Watt — This week has shown the Canadian public is resolved in its belief that politicians and public servants must, at first instance, be up to no good. Take the so-called scandal around the SNC-Lavalin matter, and the emerging consensus that the government has misbehaved from the get-go.

Who do you believe? Canada’s trust gap is growing

Feb 15 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Elections, at their most basic level, are exchanges of trust: voters choose which politicians get their trust, and politicians trust voters to make an informed choice. A sweeping new report, however, shows that Canada is heading into this election year with a not-insignificant trust problem, even at this most fundamental level.

Trudeau admits Wilson-Raybould challenged him on SNC-Lavalin

Feb 15 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits his former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould challenged her boss last fall to clarify if he was “directing” her to make a decision in the disputed bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau refused Friday to say exactly what he told his former attorney general or whether he indicated his […]

#MeToo had two sides; so does Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin scandal

Feb 14 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The story of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s departure from cabinet, incomplete as it now stands, is not a #MeToo moment in Canadian politics. The allegations at hand are, of course, not sexual in nature, and the sort of “undue pressure” to which Wilson-Raybould is said to have been subjected is by no means equivalent to the stories […]

Liberals line up behind Justin Trudeau’s handling of SNC-Lavalin allegations

Feb 14 2019 — — Liberals are lining up behind Justin Trudeau’s denial of allegations that his aides pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould over a criminal prosecution, with one even suggesting she was removed as justice minister because she didn’t speak French. Rocked by the most serious controversy yet to hit his government, the prime minister has the “benefit of the doubt” […]

Trudeau risks isolating himself over his attacks on Wilson-Raybould

Feb 13 2019 — Chantal Hébert — In the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, a war of words between the prime minister and his former attorney general seems inevitable. If the developments of the past two days are any indication it could get ugly. Wilson-Raybould would hardly have resigned if her interpretation of the interaction she had with […]