National Newswatch

The ‘freedom convoy’ will keep driving our politics

Oct 1 2022 — Darrell Bricker — The so-called “freedom convoy” that blocked Parliament Hill and several Canada-U.S. border crossings may have dispersed earlier this year, but it won’t be leaving our political conversation anytime soon. At least, not if opponents of the federal Conservative Party and their new leader, Pierre Poilievre, have anything to say about it. The most recent polling […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Arthur Meighen writes the Foreword to Sir Robert Borden’s Memoirs

Oct 1 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Most historians will agree that Lester B. Pearson, Brian Mulroney and Sir Robert Borden wrote the most comprehensive political and personal memoirs of our past national leaders. Borden’s two volumes, published after his 1937 death, were a decade-long project for Canada’s 8th Prime Minister. They remain a treasure trove for students of the Borden period […]

Ottawa has neglected some of Canada’s problems — and now we’re all paying the price

Sep 30 2022 — Heather Scoffield — Call it political slow-walking, or over-promising and under-delivering — this was the week it all caught up with us. Sluggish progress on confronting climate change left our infrastructure vulnerable on the Atlantic Coast. Years of hand-wringing on housing affordability has left our economy vulnerable to recession. And incremental progress on long-standing and well-known Indigenous wounds […]

Veteran NDP MP Bill Blaikie was dean of the House during seismic times in Canadian politics

Sep 30 2022 — Shannon Proudfoot — Nearly everyone who speaks about Bill Blaikie talks, somehow, about bigness. There was the towering intellectual and moral reputation he acquired over three decades representing Winnipeg for the NDP in the House of Commons, where even those who ferociously disagreed with him always listened when he spoke. He exerted a gravitational pull, so that people […]

Letter from the United Nations: A World of Problems

Sep 30 2022 — Bob Rae — The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly began two weeks ago. We are meeting at a time of major disruption in the global economy, geopolitics and politics, the sustainability of the planet, global public health, the pace of technological change, and the inevitable human consequences of all of the above. The situation does […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: US First Lady Hillary Clinton speaks in Ottawa

Sep 30 2022 — Arthur Milnes — America’s First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was in Ottawa on this date in 1999 joining our Prime Minister’s spouse, Aline Chrétien in advocating for young children in North and South America. Clinton delivered a passionate address calling attention to children’s needs, particularly in the developing nations part of our hemisphere. “Every two seconds another child […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: PM Mulroney takes his case for action against acid rain to the UN General Assembly

Sep 29 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Only two days before he recommended (successfully) to the Governor General that Parliament be dissolved to make way for the famed 1988 free trade election, Canada’s 18th Prime Minister addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City. And in doing so, Brian Mulroney took his case for needed action by the Americans to combat […]

NDP puts minority rights aside as it courts Quebec

Sep 29 2022 — Althia Raj — For a party that prides itself on standing up for minority rights, supporting a Quebec law that strips the rights of non-francophones is a head-scratcher. The federal NDP and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May voted to endorse the use of the notwithstanding clause and Quebec’s controversial Bill 96 Wednesday, by supporting Bloc Québécois legislation that […]

Surely nothing could go horribly wrong with Trudeau’s hastily cobbled-together dental-care plan

Sep 28 2022 — John Ivison — For Justin Trudeau, the idea is more interesting than the implementation. He’s always more excited about “what’s new” than absorbed in executing decisions already made. The Liberal government’s proposals for a national dental-care program are a case in point. The Liberals have become converts to the idea of subsidized dental care for lower-income Canadians not […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Pierre Trudeau passes into history

Sep 28 2022 — Thomas S. Axworthy — On this date in 2000, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, passed into history.  To mark the anniversary, I turned to my friend Tom Axworthy, who served with distinction as principal secretary and chief speechwriter to Mr. Trudeau. By Tom Axworthy Pierre Trudeau passed away on September 28,2000 and this anniversary naturally […]

No reconciliation without justice for MMIWG

Sep 28 2022 — Leah Gazan — The prime minister has called it a genocide. The National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) offered a roadmap for action. Yet more than three years after its release, the crisis of violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people continues unabated. We cannot have meaningful reconciliation in this […]