National Newswatch

Trudeau plots a steady course with his cabinet shuffle

Jan 14 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Monday’s federal cabinet shuffle is the work of a government that remains relatively confident it can navigate to a second term next fall without altering its current course. It was not designed to rock the Liberal pre-election boat. In that spirit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau passed on his last opportunity to play musical chairs with […]

Secret 1988 Olympic report goes behind the scenes of Ben Johnson’s drug-test hearing

Jan 13 2019 — — An Olympic anti-doping report kept secret for 30 years has revealed that some athletes at the Seoul Summer Games, including two medallists, escaped punishment for potential drug infractions while others — including world champion Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson — were summarily disqualified. Details contained in the 1988 Olympic Medical Commission documents obtained by the Star […]

The increasing power of stirring imagery and moral virtuosity

Jan 13 2019 — Jaime Watt — Only days into 2019 and we have already been sharply reminded of just how much the optics and messages of politics have changed in the last 10 years. These developments, of course, don’t represent a total change from the past. Image and narrative have long been central to politics. Pictures have built or destroyed the […]

Liberals must pass a cannabis amnesty law

Jan 13 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — When the Trudeau government set out to deliver on its core campaign commitment to legalize cannabis, success was defined for many by legislation that did not impede on each province’s autonomy over responsible implementation. The timeline was ambitious, and history was ultimately made on Oct. 17, 2018 with the passage of The Cannabis Act.

How taxes, and death, will impact the federal election

Jan 13 2019 — Robin V. Sears — Benjamin Franklin was right. Death and taxes are the only certitudes. But in electoral politics it is usually, “Why so much tax and for what!” that drives decisions, not mortality angst. No one expected 1988 to become “the free trade” election. Even fewer thought “sunny ways” would leap to the top of the charts. Guessing […]

Trudeau taking a big chance telling voters they can support his carbon tax or hide their heads in the sand

Jan 11 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — It was, surprisingly, the first of the evening though Saskatchewan is leading the charge against what Trudeau and the Liberals long ago began calling a “carbon price” or “price on pollution.” At the end of his long answer to Jason LeBlanc, an Estevan farmer who challenged Trudeau, the prime minister declared the ballot box question […]

NDP nomination race in Calgary-North East plagued by ‘mass’ electoral fraud, scrutineer says

Jan 11 2019 — — Alberta’s election commissioner has been asked to investigate allegations of “mass” electoral fraud in the NDP nomination race for Calgary-North East last December. A scrutineer representing the campaign of losing nominee hopeful, Roop Rai, filed a letter with the commissioner’s office complaining people who live outside the riding used fake documents and addresses to cast […]

Jagmeet and greet: NDP leader hits the streets in high stakes Burnaby byelection

Jan 11 2019 — — A volunteer shines a beam of blue light toward a pitch-black Burnaby South residential street, signalling Jagmeet Singh to hustle over to the door of a home tucked behind tall trees. The federal New Democratic Party leader jogs over, armed with his own LED flashlight, while New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian moves quickly uphill to […]

Cabinet shuffle may be in the cards for Justin Trudeau

Jan 9 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be gearing up for this 2019 election year with an early reset of his government — including a possible cabinet shuffle in the days ahead. Shuffle speculation has been heating up over the past couple of days in Ottawa in advance of next week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.