National Newswatch

Trudeau is more Harper than Harper on message control

Nov 24 2017 — Andrew MacDougall — Remember “Canada’s New Government”? I do, mostly because I was responsible for stuffing the phrase into every “Message of the Day” promoted by the first minority Harper government. You remember the “Harper Government,” don’t you? That famous, factual two-word description that got up the nose of the fourth estate? If you do, it’s because political […]

NDP hopes tide is turning as Notley gets cheers in Calgary

Nov 24 2017 — Don Braid — Rachel Notley seemed to be bouncing on air as she walked along the hallway in the Telus Convention Centre, on her way to a news conference. This was one happy premier. She’d just been cheered heartily several times by a huge crowd at the annual meeting of the Albert Urban Municipalities Association. As she finished, […]

Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act

Nov 24 2017 — — Family members, survivors and loved ones spoke to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Edmonton early this month. Unspeakable sorrow and anguish — punctuated by anger and mixed with sharp criticism for police and victims services — accompanied the fond remembrances, quiet reflections and silences as survivors spoke […]

Scientists say Canada is ‘losing ground’ in Arctic research

Nov 23 2017 — John Ivison — The Liberal government made much of the decision earlier this month to renew funding for the Polar Environmental Atmospheric Research Laboratory at Eureka, Nunavut, just 1,100km from the North Pole. The government announced $1.6 million in what amounts to emergency funding, to keep the lights on at PEARL and allow the high Arctic lab to […]

Morneau and Trudeau are looking out for the rich

Nov 23 2017 — Linda McQuaig — There’s lots of lamenting about the way the rich keep getting richer while ordinary folk struggle to keep their heads above water. Along with the lamenting, there’s usually some resigned muttering about how it’s all just part of today’s global economy. But there’s a much simpler explanation: our governments keep passing laws that make the […]

Can white male CEOs bring diversity to corporate Canada?

Nov 23 2017 — Anne Kingston — On Wednesday, Deloitte Canada issued “Outcomes over optics: Building inclusive organizations,” a report that implores Canadian business leaders to take a “more courageous” stance to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. The subject is perennially timely; representation of women and visible minorities has increased in past decades in corporate Canada yet remains low while inequities persist. […]

Quebec without equalization?

Nov 23 2017 — Paul Wells — One of my superstitions is that when you watch a televised leaders’ debate, if there’s one leader everyone else is facing with an angry expression, that’s who’ll win the election. One leader sets the agenda, the others react. It actually doesn’t matter much who’s right on the facts: what matters is who’s making everyone dance.