National Newswatch

It’s about time, not truth, in justice committee showdown

Mar 14 2019 — Don Martin — It’s no longer about the truth, if it ever was. It’s about ameliorating or amplifying the consequences of a political poop that defies polishing. The crystallization of that reality came Wednesday at an emergency justice committee meeting. MPs were supposed to deal with former attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould’s willingness to re-appear and continue tormenting […]

What Trudeau needs to do to get past the SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 14 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Up until six weeks ago, it looked like Justin Trudeau had fine-tuned his operation into election readiness for 2019. The SNC-Lavalin affair has blown those best-laid plans to smithereens, to say the least. Now, with a budget on the immediate horizon and an election just seven months away, Trudeau has some immediate repair work to […]

Opposition is a caricature, and Scheer is a humid performer

Mar 14 2019 — Neil Macdonald — Back in December, NDP MP Charlie Angus approvingly retweeted a Christmas wish on Twitter calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fire then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. “The Justice file has been completely bungled” quoted Angus, who accused Wilson-Raybould of all sorts of malevolence. But of course that was then. To hear Angus tell it now, […]

Alberta NDP might hold off on election to let UCP investigation conclude

Mar 13 2019 — Graham Thomson — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will absolutely call a provincial election next week — unless, of course, she doesn’t. And at this point it’s looking increasingly like she will wait. Or will she? Welcome to the intense and exhausting world that is the on-again-off-again pre-election speculation in Alberta. Trying to figure out exactly when Notley will […]

The Boeing 737 Max reversal shows team Trudeau is flying blind

Mar 13 2019 — Chantal Hébert — No one will accuse Transport Minister Marc Garneau of having rushed to judgment on whether to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from Canadian air space until more is known about the causes of last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash. By the time Garneau appeared on Wednesday to announce he was reversing his earlier stance that […]

When Politics Turns on Itself

Mar 13 2019 — Glen Pearson — The Trudeau government’s SNC-Lavalin controversy is a goldmine of sorts.  For opposition parties and hyper-partisans, it has proved a gift from the gods, great enough to effectively move polling numbers and turning the next federal election into something of a free-for-all. For the media, the intricate mix between elected representatives and senior bureaucrats and the […]

For the NDP in Quebec, the dream is over

Mar 12 2019 — Chris Selley — The NDP is officially on the offensive in Quebec. On Monday in Montreal, newly minted deputy leader Alexandre Boulerice promised the party’s “environmental plan … will put an end to half-measures.” Brigitte Sansoucy, chair of the NDP’s Quebec Caucus, suggested they would offer “concrete solutions for Quebecers (on) issues like employment, agriculture and support for […]

Andrew Scheer’s LavScam fumble

Mar 12 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Imagine you’re a politician. Even better, you’re the leader of a political party. The leader of the main opposition party, even. And yet, most Canadians wouldn’t know you if they tripped over you in the tool aisle of the local Canadian Tire. What to do? Especially when the Prime Minister—your target—is blessed with a famous […]

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin decisions affect people in the world’s poorest countries

Mar 12 2019 — Craig Anthony Johnson and Iftekharul Haque — Over the last month, the Canadian government has been embroiled in a political controversy, involving allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put undue pressure on Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s former justice minister and attorney general, to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with Québec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group.