National Newswatch

Canada’s new business watchdog is already a failure

Jul 17 2019 — Jennifer Wells — Child labour in supply chains. Forced labour. Non-existent safety regulations. Rape. The list is tragically longer. Hopes were high that the Trudeau government would act smartly in creating a robust office with the powers to track and investigate Canadian corporations operating abroad after a dismal showing on this issue under the Harper years. The previous […]

UCP solidarity, never a sure thing, shows some early cracks

Jul 17 2019 — Don Braid — Alberta’s politics are carved in stone right now. It seems that the UCP dynasty, like the Sphinx, won’t begin to erode for a couple of millennia. That’s the prevailing thought, especially among conservatives. They earnestly believe that with a stark right-left choice the NDP will now start to fade and lose most of its 25 […]

The Power of Declining Expectations

Jul 16 2019 — Glen Pearson — Like it or not, and whether it is indeed an accurate assessment, the terms “populism” and “class war” are increasingly creeping into our political language the closer we get to this fall’s federal election.  Numerous pundits have spent the past year assuring Canadians that nothing like Brexit or the Trump phenomenon would happen here in […]

Jason Kenney makes Justin Trudeau look good outside Alberta

Jul 15 2019 — Gillian Steward — Justin Trudeau came to Alberta last week and amidst stoneface employees at the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal just outside Edmonton held what can only be described as an election campaign photo-op. He spoke forcefully about tackling environmental issues while at the same time ensuring jobs in the energy sector by green lighting controversial projects, such […]

Does Andrew Scheer have a religion problem?

Jul 15 2019 — Michael Coren — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in a very difficult position. A genuinely decent man, considered by many to be far too timid for the cut and thrust of party politics, he’s a devout and orthodox Roman Catholic leading a party that is divided on socially conservative issues, hoping to govern a country that is largely […]

Premiers flip over each other but Trudeau hasn’t flopped yet

Jul 15 2019 — Tom Walkom — The brief get-together of five conservative-minded premiers last week was meant to highlight the divide. Alberta’s Jason Kenney, Ontario’s Doug Ford, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and New Brunswick’s Blaine Higgs all gathered before the cameras to flip pancakes at the Calgary Stampede. They were joined by Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod who, while technically non-partisan, shares […]

Hypocrisy of Guilbeault nomination nothing new for Trudeau

Jul 14 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Justin Trudeau wants Quebec seats so badly in this fall’s election that he doesn’t care what he does to Alberta, as long as it brings him votes in Montreal. On Wednesday, there was the prime minister and Liberal leader hoisting clutched hands high with long-time anti-oil activist Steven Guilbeault who had just become Trudeau’s nominee […]

Remedial math for Liberals on climate change

Jul 14 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein — With 98 days to go before the Oct. 21 federal election, the pollsters say human-induced climate change will be high on voters’ minds. Given that, voters should understand the election debate about this issue will be entirely about political perception as opposed to political reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna want […]