National Newswatch
Nov 28 2015 —

In case you ever have the occasion to meet royalty, here’s what to wear. On Friday, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau proved once again that she’s a style force to be reckoned with while meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government dinner in Malta. For the occasion, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau donned […]

Nov 28 2015 — Campbell Clark

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to global climate talks in Paris with a new pledge of billions for the cause and a call for a strong international agreement, promising to follow up with a domestic plan with the provinces – and a new poll suggests that is probably in line with what Canadians want.

Nov 28 2015 — Bill Curry

The cost of Canada’s Syrian refugee program is expected to be put to a House of Commons vote during a brief sitting of Parliament next month. The 338 newly elected members of Parliament are scheduled to return to Ottawa on Thursday for the first time since the October election. The first order of business will […]


Mike Duffy could soon testify at his fraud trial

Nov 27 2015 — Tonda MacCharles

The long-running Mike Duffy fraud trial is inching toward the moment the senator might take the stand to testify in his defence, possibly as early as next week. However, despite promises by defence lawyer Don Bayne that his client will paint a very different picture than what the prosecution has set out, there is no […]


Anne McGrath set to become Rachel Notley’s deputy chief of staff

Nov 28 2015 —

The national director of the federal NDP is set to become deputy chief of staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in January. Anne McGrath has told NDP Leader Tom Mulcair she will remain in her current position until the end of the year. “It’s an incredible opportunity to work with such a progressive, principled, provincial […]


Former MP Fletcher to seek provincial nom

Nov 28 2015 — Tom Brodbeck

Former Conservative MP Steven Fletcher is planning to run for the Manitoba Tories in the April 2016 provincial election, the Winnipeg Sun has learned. Fletcher, who lost his Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley seat in October’s federal election, is planning to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination in the provincial riding of Assiniboia, Tory sources have confirmed.

Nov 27 2015 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s toast to Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit dinner in Malta on Friday elicited a rather cheeky response from the Queen. During the toast, Trudeau reminded the Queen he was the 12th Canadian prime minister to serve during her reign and that his father, Pierre Trudeau, was the fourth.

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Nov 28 2015 —

All the signs point to a dramatic shakeup on the Newfoundland and Labrador political scene, with the long-suffering Liberal Party all but assured of a convincing victory in Monday’s provincial election. Repeated polls have placed the Liberals in the upper stratosphere of popular opinion, revealing an electorate that appears anxious for change in the traditional […]

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Nov 28 2015 —

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met his Canadian counterpart for talks on climate change, counter-terrorism and trade on the sidelines of the Commonwealth leaders’ meeting in Malta. The pair met at the plush Corinthia Hotel on Saturday morning for a breakfast meeting, with Mr Turnbull congratulating Justin Trudeau on his recent election win. “We’ve spent […]

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Nov 27 2015 — Katharine Starr

Canadian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should continue, Rick Hillier says — but the retired general says there are also other ways of assisting in the fight, including the use of special forces and long-range artillery. “I personally would like to see the airstrikes continue because I think that’s valuable,” […]

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Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau can even rock that brooch

Nov 28 2015 — Heather Mallick

After less than a month of Liberal guidance, Canada has become a different country, big ideas (that’s new), glorious (renewal), popular with the other countries (totally new). Canada is now being asked to dance even by boys she does not wish to dance with, which is nice, and so very different from the Harper years. […]


So far, Justin Trudeau’s still not into the Parliament scene

Nov 27 2015 — Susan Delacourt

With one notable exception, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been lavishing attention on many who felt neglected during the Conservative years in power. Premiers, public servants, scientists, the United Nations, reporters, the United States, diplomats, cabinet ministers, Green party Leader Elizabeth May — all have received abundant assurances that the new guy at the top […]


Ujjal Dosanjh — a truly admirable Canadian

Nov 28 2015 — Rex Murphy

People often lament that we have very few public figures we can truly admire. But Canada does have a few, and the name I’d place on the top of any shortlist of people who have earned real respect and admiration is Ujjal Dosanjh: immigrant, lawyer, former premier of B.C., former federal cabinet minister and the […]


Fear, Syrians and single males

Nov 28 2015 — Claire McIlveen

When it comes to Syrian refugees bound for Canada, there is definitely a pecking order. Families with children and other vulnerable people top the list. The problem with any pecking order is that some poor guy is always at the bottom. In this case, it literally is guys: single, unattached males. Because, you know, one […]


How we could help many more Syrians

Nov 28 2015 — Douglas Todd

Canada’s new government is pulling out the stops to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by February. Everyone with a beating heart feels sympathy for the Syrians, particularly after witnessing this summer the devastating photo of a three-year-old boy who washed up on a Turkish beach. Those supporting Ottawa’s effort feel rooted in compassion. Religious and […]


Bogus passports create refugee challenge

Nov 28 2015 — Candice Malcolm

One of the suicide bombers who blew himself up outside a soccer stadium in Paris was in possession of a Syrian passport. Reports indicate that the passport was not his own, and yet, officials don’t know why the terrorist was carrying it. This is part of the challenge immigration officers face when screening and selecting […]

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Adele’s 25 makes UK chart history with 800,000 album sales

Nov 28 2015 —

Adele’s new album 25 has sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week of release – the highest ever figure for a single UK chart week. The album shifted more copies than the next 86 albums in the chart combined, and has become the first album to sell more than 100,000 downloads in a […]

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