National Newswatch

Does Canada really need more MPs?

Oct 18 2021 — Susan Delacourt — “Are there really Canadians out there who want to see more MPs added to the House of Commons?” This is not an original question, nor even a recent one. Almost exactly 10 years ago, a Liberal backbencher named Justin Trudeau posed it during a Commons debate about adding 30 new seats to the chamber. A […]

New program allowing queer men to donate plasma is a first step toward ending the blood ban

Oct 18 2021 — Dale Smith — Last week, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) announced that they have received authorization from Health Canada to expand their plasma donation eligibility program, implementing a new behaviour-based screening questionnaire in select cities that will no longer explicitly exclude gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) and some trans people. The new question asks […]

Jason Kenney’s referendum to nowhere

Oct 18 2021 — Max Fawcett — In a province that routinely holds Senate elections and has plebiscites on whether there should be fluoride in the drinking water, finding the dumbest thing on the ballot in an Alberta municipal election can be a challenge. But that’s much easier this year, given the Kenney government has decided to ask Albertans whether they want […]

Lebanon’s Chaos: Not Quite Déjà Vu

Oct 18 2021 — Lisa Van Dusen — One of the most vivid descriptions of the personal afflictions of war that I’ve ever heard came from a Montreal cab driver recalling what it was like to grow up in the remote hills of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley during the civil war of the 1980s. “I was just hitting puberty when the explosions started,” the […]

Tories must move on from O’Toole

Oct 18 2021 — Michael Harris — And so it begins. The reality check for the Conservative Party of Canada. Instead of rising, the CPC is now a political phoenix sinking into the ashes of Election 2021. The most recent Angus Reid Institute numbers show that only 54 per cent of Conservative voters want Erin O’Toole to lead the party into the […]

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson — The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Quebec Premier François Legault, a onetime marketing executive, has built a political power brand

Oct 17 2021 — Eric Blais — The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), the party founded by Quebec Premier François Legault, will celebrate its tenth anniversary next month. The Caquistes have much to celebrate. They’ll also be running for re-election in a year. While that’s an eternity in politics, the odds are clearly in the CAQ’s favour as the main opposition parties, the […]