National Newswatch

Tories’ silence is golden on trans issues, but might not be sustainable

Sep 25 2023 — Sheila Copps — Protests and counter-protests on the rights of children to use their chosen pronouns were held across the country last week. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh led a counter-protest in Ottawa, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to X (formerly Twitter) to condemn “hate and its manifestations,” and reiterate his support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community […]

Challenging times ahead for Trudeau, Poilievre, and Singh

Sep 25 2023 — Michael Harris — After the first week back in Parliament, it is obvious that all three leaders of the national parties have their work cut out for them. The prime minister has the most obvious problem. Justin Trudeau’s press these days reads like a savage review of a Broadway flop. Maybe he’s playing rope-a-dope with Conservative Leader Pierre […]

“Dupe culture” and other indicators of womenflation: this fall’s hot political trend

Sep 24 2023 — Michelle Rempel Garner — Over the summer, something remarkable happened. Women, across every voting demographic, started migrating their voting intention away from the Liberal government. But that trend shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that economic data from that period suggests that high interest rates and sustained high inflation – particularly in the cost of fuel and groceries – […]

A Zero-Sum Mindset and Canadian Politics & Business

Sep 24 2023 — David Coletto — I get to ask thousands of Canadians, hundreds of questions each week and I’ve been doing this for 13 years now at Abacus Data. At no point in that time have I seen the kind of shifts and surprising results in our surveys than I do today. Take for example the rapid shift in vote […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays tribute to the late John Turner

Sep 24 2023 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister paid tribute to the 17th Prime Minister on this date in 2020 in the House of Commons. John Napier Turner, a cabinet minister under Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, who served as PM in 1984, had passed into history only a few days before. You can read Justin Trudeau’s tribute below. Arthur Milnes is […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier labels Germany an “Imperial bully” in Ottawa address

Sep 23 2023 — Arthur Milnes — It was a tough-talking Sir Wilfrid Laurier who spoke to a gathering of the  Methodist General Conference being held in Ottawa on this date in 1914. The First World War had started a month previously with the German invasion of Belgium. Germany’s attach was in violation of the Treaty of London, which guaranteed the neutrality […]

It’s Trudeau’s world and the Liberals are trapped in it

Sep 24 2023 — Lorrie Goldstein — The problem for the Liberals these days is that they’re trapped in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s world and it’s imploding around them. An illustration of this is an interview Immigration Minister Marc Miller did last week with The Hill Times in which he called Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre a “charlatan”, “snake-oil salesman”, “classless jackass” and […]

Why Would India Assassinate a Sikh Leader on Canadian Soil?

Sep 22 2023 — Sushant Singh — ON JUNE 18, Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead as he left the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, at night. The forty-five-year-old was a prominent figure in the Sikh community in BC. He had moved to Canada from the Indian state of Punjab in 1997 and worked as a […]

What was the point of the Canada-wide gender protest?

Sep 22 2023 — Heather Mallick — Wednesday’s cross-Canada “gender ideology” protests and counterprotests about schools and sex education et al were something of a flop. That’s more of a compliment than an insult. Good: They were mostly peaceful, which is a triumph given that current gender quarrels are an American construct born of MAGA Republicans and thus about right vs. wrong […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom addresses Canada’s Parliament

Sep 22 2023 — Arthur Milnes — A distinguished visitor arrived in Ottawa on this date in 2011 in the person of David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The highlight of his trip to Ottawa was the speech he delivered to a joint-session of Canada’s Parliament. “The relationship between Britain and Canada is deep and strong,” Cameron said. “At the Chateau […]

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