National Newswatch

Why hiking taxes on the rich doesn’t pay

Jun 26 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — Making the rich pay higher taxes is, according to politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a tried, true and easy way of making life better for average Canadians. Trudeau, for example, hiked the top federal income tax rate in 2016 for those earning more than $210,000 annually by four percentage […]

Michael Barrett

The integral role – and un-tapped potential – of co-operatives in Canada

Jun 25 2019 — Michael Barrett — Little understood, yet critically important to our nation’s economy; political parties and candidates should seize the opportunity to understand the role co-ops play – and what the sector needs to thrive. As MPs prepare to leave Ottawa for their ridings this summer, and as political parties strengthen their war chests and finalize campaign platforms, a […]

Brains are the best defence against fake election news

Jun 25 2019 — Susan Delacourt — First, the bad news: the big social media companies are not going to be able to keep stupid stuff and fake facts out of the fall election. The good news, however, is that voters already have a mechanism to sort between real and ridiculous reports in the heat of the campaign. It’s called the brain, […]

The Conservative climate plan is a sad joke

Jun 25 2019 — Gary Mason — Since its introduction last week, the federal Conservatives’ plan to fight the growing impact of climate change has been met with eye-rolling derision. The plan has been broadly portrayed as facile, vacuous and a cynical attempt to dupe a gullible public. Other than that, the rollout went swimmingly. You would think that this type of […]

‘Ford Factor’ looms large in fall federal election

Jun 25 2019 — Bill Kelly — A year ago, Doug Ford was the superstar of Conservatives from coast to coast. He had just put Ontario back under the Conservative banner for the first time in over 15 years, and it was no secret that federal Conservatives hoped that Ford’s victory would translate into strong Tory support in vote-rich Ontario in this […]

What is the problem to which creating a wealth tax is a solution?

Jun 25 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Each policy disaster, it would seem, must be revisited every 30 years or so. Debates one thought long settled — over deficits, inflation, socialism — are revived, as memories fade, the original participants die, and a new generation takes up the same discredited ideas, untainted by actual experience of their consequences. Hence the current vogue […]

Vote suppression is not Canadian

Jun 23 2019 — Robin V. Sears — Discouraging people from voting, even actively suppressing their right to vote, is a fine political craft in many parts of the United States, even today. It is not in Canada. Before the 2015 election, the Harper government passed legislation forbidding Elections Canada from encouraging citizens to vote — a kinder, gentler Canadian form of vote […]

Women leaders share political lessons through Canada2020

Jun 23 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — This past week, women who served as Canadian first ministers came together in person for the first time in a historic event that culminated the No Second Chances podcast, spearheaded by Kate Graham. That included former prime minister Kim Campbell, former Alberta premier Rachel Notley, former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, former Alberta premier Alison Redford, […]

Advice to party leaders on summer stumping

Jun 23 2019 — Jaime Watt — As the warm weather finally sets in and the House rises for the summer, the leaders of our federal parties will begin to have visions of electoral success dance in their heads. Conventional wisdom tells us Canadians don’t want to hear from their politicians at this time of year — they would rather tune out […]

Doug Ford has so far influenced conservatives across Canada

Jun 23 2019 — Jim Warren — After one year in office, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has dramatically changed the way Conservatives play politics and, in the process, influenced how Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched his government this spring. Ford’s new political playbook also will impact an Andrew Scheer government if he wins in October in Ottawa. Love him or loathe him, […]

All of sudden, Trudeau has conservatives boxed in

Jun 23 2019 — Anthony Furey — Throughout the first half of the year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was against the ropes. He was hammered almost daily by first the China mess and then Lavscam and it even seemed – for a few days – that his political demise was imminent. A lot of that is gone now. Yes, Trudeau’s numbers dropped […]

How Doug Ford repeated brother Rob Ford’s mistake

Jun 23 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — When Premier Doug Ford promised no one employed in Ontario’s public sector would lose his or her job in last year’s election, he made the same mistake as his late brother, Rob Ford. That was in the 2010 Toronto mayoral race, when Rob Ford guaranteed no city services would be cut.