Entries by Don Newman C.M.

Memo To Andrew Scheer

Don Newman’s advice to the Conservative leader to remember who his real opponent is Mr. Scheer: The next time Justin Trudeau says he will not take part in a debate during the election campaign, do what he does and don’t show up. What? You will say. I am not afraid of the Canadian people. I […]

The ‘Big E’ Election—Energy and the Environment

This editorial first appeared in Policy Magazine. In a country that remains a major oil producing nation and whose energy policy landscape includes political, regional, jurisdictional and Indigenous rights considerations, the term “pipeline politics” doesn’t begin to cover the complexity of the issue. In an election year, things get more interesting.   This year’s federal election […]

How Climate Change Could Impact Post-Election Power in Ottawa

This column first appeared in Policy Magazine. With public opinion polls showing the Liberals and Conservatives in a virtual dead heat five months before the federal election, it is not too early to speculate what kind of Parliament Canadians will elect if the current preferences hold until voting day, October 21st. The simple conclusion is that […]

Which Shoe Will Drop Next Week?

Next Tuesday will it be the new shoes or the other shoe to drop that gets most of the attention? That’s because next Tuesday, March 19th, is both the day that Finance Minister Bill Morneau will bring down his last budget before next October’s election, and also the day that the House of Commons Justice […]

Two Issues that will affect Election 2019

It is not always the case, but this week Parliament Hill in Ottawa showcased two of the issues that might determine the outcome of the federal election on October 21st. One of the issues played out in the temporary ten year home of the House of Commons in the West Block next door to the […]

It’s a New Era in Canada – China Relations

Forget about a Canada – China Free Trade Agreement. Forget about more access into China’s huge market for Canadian goods and agricultural products. By the time the current dispute between Ottawa and Beijing has been played out to it’s final conclusion, we’ll be lucky if we still have diplomatic relations between the two countries. Many […]

Donald Trump’s continued outsized influence on Canada

Donald Trump sucks the oxygen out of every political maneuver and debate in the United States. Now, it’s possible he might do the same in Canada, as we head towards a federal election on October 21st, just over nine months from now. Certainly the American President was a dominant figure in our politics for much […]

Analysis: A Canadian Economic Statement, Inspired by a US President

Donald Trump helped write the Trudeau Government’s Fall Economic Update, but instead of copying the American President’s low tax economic prescription, Ottawa instead is giving tax breaks to businesses in specific industries, providing those businesses invest in the economy first. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is giving Canada’s manufacturers and clean energy industries immediate tax write […]