National Newswatch

Democracy’s ‘weak slats’ are in danger as political parties are hollowed out

Feb 21 2021 — Robin V. Sears — American media critic A.J. Leibling famously said, “Journalism is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.” Today he might have added political parties. Each are essential and each is an increasingly threatened weak slat. Look how close the American republic came to disaster because of their hollowed-out parties. No sustainable democracy is possible with […]

‘That free lunch is going to catch up with us’: Canada’s economy will take a beating if there’s a third wave of COVID-19

Feb 18 2021 — Heather Scoffield — It’s getting harder to look the other way and assume that an economic recovery is just on the horizon. Warnings about a third wave of COVID-19 have crescendoed to a roar. The premiers of Ontario and Quebec are loosening restrictions on movement and contact, even as dangerous new variants take root and while widespread vaccination […]

China must not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympics

Feb 17 2021 — Erin O’Toole — Canada must call on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. It won’t be the first time Canadian leadership on the world stage meant taking a risk to stand up for human dignity. In 1985, in a hallway outside the United Nations General Assembly, Brian Mulroney added a few […]

Never mind roads and bridges, here’s what Canada needs to invest in to pull itself out of recession

Feb 16 2021 — Heather Scoffield — The reason politicians get a sparkle in their eye when the subject of infrastructure comes up is because the projects usually come with more roads and bridges, jobs, local spending and ribbon-cutting ceremony that voters might remember when they go to cast their ballots. Infrastructure is the classic example of the proverbial win-win-win when it […]

Trudeau, George Floyd, and the emergence of Black Canadian identity

Feb 16 2021 — Allen Alexandre — Few events in history have contributed more to shaping Black Canadian collective consciousness than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s blackface incident and the killing of George Floyd. In 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau permanently altered the face of Canada by adopting multiculturalism as an official policy, making possible our nation’s 25th celebration of Black History Month […]

Here’s why Canadians won’t be going to the polls before they get their COVID-19 vaccinations

Feb 14 2021 — Chantal Hébert — Sun., Feb. 14, 2021timer4 min. read The odds went up this week that the scenario of a spring federal election will turn out to have been little more than the pipe dream of hawkish Liberal insiders. Even before a resurgence of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on Newfoundland-and-Labrador’s best-laid election day plans, Justin Trudeau’s brain trust was […]

The power and grandeur of a successful impeachment

Feb 14 2021 — Robin V. Sears — There is a wide misunderstanding of the purpose and consequences of an American impeachment. Being “impeached” is already a very serious blow — you have been charged with a political felony — even if you are able to threaten your voters into setting you free. Impeachment was used regularly in the early days of the […]

‘We have a responsibility to make sure all Canadians are safe,’ Justin Trudeau warns provinces

Feb 11 2021 — Tonda MacCharles — A feisty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s willing to go it alone and bypass foot-dragging provinces when it comes to national long-term-care standards, the use of rapid COVID-19 tests, and tracking the vaccine rollout as a way to develop better health data-sharing. In an online roundtable with health-care professionals Thursday, the prime minister fielded […]