National Newswatch

Are Mélanie Joly and Bill Morneau being Punk’d?

Oct 22 2017 — Vicky Mochama — If I was being generous, I’d say between the foibles of these two ministers on tax changes and cultural policy, the party looks incompetent. But it’s rather good at branding the prime minister. Ever since they had her sit on a stage with the head of the Chicken Farmers of Canada to announce a frankly […]

Dangerous intersection of law, politics, business and human rights

Oct 22 2017 — Penny Collenette — Back in the day, business simply required a legal license to operate. The “corporate veil” was rarely pierced as management expected to run its operations with little outside interference. But times have changed and the business model has been forced to reach out, not only to stakeholders, but to civil society. The concept of voluntary […]

Airline industry a permanent hostage to national interests

Oct 22 2017 — Robin V. Sears — As a green young Tokyo trade diplomat, I was peripherally involved in the efforts by Bombardier to sell its executive jets to the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The Canadian bid won on performance, specs, price and operational testing. Greenies like me were ready to celebrate. More seasoned veterans of this murky world said, “Not so fast […]

Morneau’s credibility meltdown spectacular

Oct 22 2017 — Jim Meek — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has seen the enemy and it is he — or “him” if you like the language of the street. It turns out Morneau was the guy using a tax loophole; he was the multi-millionaire with a secret villa in France; he was the cabinet minister who waited till his neck was […]

Quebec’s Bill 62 declares war on sunglasses

Oct 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Somewhere in the Quebec government’s legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the province’s public transit system at risk. Ditto presumably in the case of local libraries and city parks. For a province […]

Bill Morneau’s actions reveal a critical lack of judgment

Oct 20 2017 — — The deeper Bill Morneau digs himself into the hole he is now in, the more one understands how he got there. Either the minister is genuinely unaware of the basic requirements of public office, or he imagines his audience to be. Either way, it does not fill one with confidence. To hear the minister tell […]

After two years, the real Justin Trudeau emerges

Oct 20 2017 — Globe and Mail — Remember when the federal government was run by a Machiavellian prime minister and his closest acolytes, who together pulled the levers of power from inside his office at the expense of Parliament? Who mercilessly enforced discipline on his cabinet, and used strict image and message control to present the leader as a man working hard […]

Hands off Morneau! In defence of a great Albertan

Oct 20 2017 — Colby Cosh — A colleague told me the other day that I should write a column about Finance Minister Bill Morneau — basically, because no columnist should pass up a chance to face wash some politician for ineptitude or deviousness. This struck me as a strong argument. But my response was that I would never dream of treating […]

Jagmeet Singh needs to get it straight on the Air India bombing

Oct 20 2017 — Jonathan Kay — Imagine for a moment if an American politician were asked about Osama Bin Laden, and her response was that she had no idea who was responsible for Sept. 11. She’d become instantly unelectable for dog catcher — no matter what her skin colour, or that of her interviewer. Even here in Canada, Sept. 11 conspiracy […]