National Newswatch

A New Cabinet with Many Familiar Faces

Oct 27 2021 — Don Newman — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled a cabinet he says is the right team for the moment. The time when hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic is receding, the economy is recovering and Canada is about to come “roaring back” from the health and economic crisis of the last two years. The only problem with billing the […]

Fergus’ snub shows that for Black faces, the work is never enough

Oct 27 2021 — Erica Ifill — Imagine being in the Liberal Party and thinking you’re absolved of white supremacy because you have a Black friend (or you adopted an Indigenous child, *cough* Chrétien). That Black friend is Greg Fergus, and like every model minority, he’s made no waves, kept his head down, and has done the work, expecting it would speak […]

Justin Trudeau’s cabinet choices reveal how he’d like to be remembered

Oct 26 2021 — Althia Raj — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent several strong signals Tuesday with the appointment of his new cabinet. First, his policy focus. Gone are the ministers of digital government and middle-class prosperity (drawing less attention to failed benchmarks), replaced instead with ministers for mental health, housing, and tourism. Former Équiterre founder Steven Guilbeault becomes the country’s environment […]

With his cabinet picks, Trudeau signals he’s a PM in a hurry

Oct 26 2021 — Aaron Wherry — Justin Trudeau described his new cabinet Tuesday as “a team of familiar faces and new faces that are ready to put all their strengths, all their hard work toward delivering for Canadians in the coming years.” “Delivering” may be the key word here. According to a senior Liberal source, the speed and urgency with which […]

Welcome to Justin Trudeau’s no-growth cabinet

Oct 26 2021 — John Ivison — It is absurd that at a time when Canada’s energy exports look set to top their all-time peak, Justin Trudeau has appointed as environment minister a man who opposes fossil fuel development in this country. How dangerous could Steven Guilbeault’s appointment be to Canada’s economic and political future? We are about to find out.

The good, bad and ugly of the new Trudeau cabinet

Oct 26 2021 — Don Martin — Keeping in mind that being a Justin Trudeau cabinet minister means you’re a force-fed enabler of the Prime Minister’s agenda more than influencer of policy direction, there are good, bad and ugly moves to be observed in Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony. The over-arching theme is how this gaggle of ministers is more lapdog than usual, where […]

Our energy self-delusion continues

Oct 26 2021 — Joe Oliver — Economically developed countries have committed to start transitioning off fossil fuels, even though that commitment is disconnected from technological and economic reality. As a result, their policies have exacerbated a global energy crisis, with severe geopolitical and domestic implications. Canada is an active participant in the self-delusion.

Owning up to Canada’s ‘fair share’ of the climate burden

Oct 26 2021 — Aaron Wherry — In an interview before the publication of a new report he co-authored on how much developed nations are doing to help developing countries fight climate change, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson figured he had relatively good news to share. The early reviews were less inclined to look on the bright side. “This document is certainly not […]