National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau appears to be weathering the SNC-Lavalin storm

Aug 21 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Even before the Liberals used their majority on a parliamentary committee on Wednesday to shut down future inquiries into the federal ethics commissioner’s scathing report about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin file, there were signs that Mario Dion’s findings were not destined to become a turning point of the pre-election season. By […]

Climate change fracas exposes ridiculous third-party spending rules

Aug 21 2019 — Chris Selley — Many Canadians have been understandably flummoxed, with gusts to outraged, by news that Elections Canada has warned organizations advocating for more forceful action against climate change that they may have to register as “third parties” for the upcoming election, and be subject to limits on advertising expenditures during the campaign. “The climate crisis is objectively […]

It’s the election laws at fault, not Elections Canada

Aug 21 2019 — Andrew Coyne — To listen to the squawking, you’d have thought Elections Canada had cancelled the election. Or at least forbidden environmental groups to participate in it. Or at least told them they could not advise the public of the threat posed by climate change — for many of them, their raison d’être. Or at least — you […]

Emissions will rise under Conservative climate plan

Aug 21 2019 — Mark Jaccard — A leading climate expert’s modelling of the Conservative climate plan shows emissions will rise, as the proposed tools are not proven to work. For over two decades I have evaluated promises by Canadian politicians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. My work would be straightforward if a politician committed to a rising carbon price or to […]

It’s time for Elizabeth May to up her game

Aug 21 2019 — Tom Mulcair — Elizabeth May is by far the most experienced party leader in this campaign. She has been hammering home variations on the same themes for decades as an activist and as a politician. She can emote with the best of them. Because she has, for most of that time, been a one-woman show, she’s never developed […]

SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Trudeau’s lazy math on jobs

Aug 20 2019 — Heather Scoffield — There’s a short but jarring paragraph in Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report last week on what went wrong in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. When the commissioner asked Finance Minister Bill Morneau what kind of analyses his department had done on the economic damage that could flow from SNC-Lavalin having to go to trial, Morneau replied that […]

Why Canada’s environmental charities are afraid to talk about climate change during the election

Aug 20 2019 — Dianne Saxe — There is a serious erosion of democracy underway in Canada. Elections Canada is preventing environmental charities from telling the truth about the climate crisis during this fall’s election, when it will be a critical issue. Elections Canada’s job is to run elections that are fair and trustworthy so that the government chosen by Canadians will […]

Accountability reforms needed in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair

Aug 20 2019 — Aaron Wudrick — The pundits will be chattering about the political impact of federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s bombshell report into the SNC-Lavalin affair until election day. But this is also an opportunity to strengthen government accountability to prevent a repeat of the circumstances that gave rise to the scandal. Dion concluded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke conflict-of-interest […]

With Jihadi Jack, Britain gives Canada a taste of its own medicine

Aug 20 2019 — Chris Selley — On Sunday we learned that Jack Letts, known in the British press as Jihadi Jack, is no longer a British subject. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid and then-prime minister Theresa May reportedly approved stripping the alleged ISIL fighter of his citizenship as one of their administration’s final acts and it seems they didn’t even send a […]

The Gathering Storm

Aug 20 2019 — Glen Pearson — We are all endeavouring to enjoy the fading days of summer before the hyper-activity of the federal election fires up.  The political parties have used the warmer days to hit the hustings in an attempt to tenderize voters for the melee that is about to ensue. But this election will be held against a backdrop […]

Alberta and Quebec have little chance of pipeline compromise

Aug 19 2019 — Chantal Hébert — Keeping track of Quebec and Alberta’s premiers these days is like watching two runaway trains on a pipeline-driven collision course. Neither Jason Kenney nor François Legault seems inclined to put his foot on the brake. It is not clear that either of them can alter course without derailing his agenda. By all indications, Canada’s s […]