National Newswatch

Mike Duffy trial to hear from former PMO insiders, Conservative MPs

Mar 2 2015 — Rosemary Barton

Some of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest former advisers will appear as Crown witnesses in the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy, CBC News has learned. And the list of those subpoenaed to testify against Duffy will include several Conservative MPs, according to multiple sources familiar with the Crown’s witness list.

Mar 3 2015 — Steven Chase

The government is actively searching for a new top military commander to succeed General Tom Lawson after he asked that his three-year appointment not be extended. Sources say Ottawa is now talking to prospective candidates to find the next chief of the defence staff. “Interviews are happening,” a source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

Mar 3 2015 —

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns against the possibility of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons during a controversial speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, saying Tehran is as radical as ever. “Don’t be fooled,” Netanyahu said to numerous rounds of applause from approving U.S. lawmakers. Netanyahu directly compared the regime in Tehran to Islamic State […]


Bill C-51 power play may come back to haunt Conservative MPs

Mar 3 2015 — Kady O'Malley

The scene: a stuffy West Block committee room circa June 2008, a day before MPs are expected to hightail it home to their ridings after what had been, even for a minority House, a particularly acrimonious spring sitting. The issue: An opposition motion to investigate the so-called “in-and-out” controversy over Conservative election-spending during the 2006 […]

Mar 3 2015 — Bruce Cheadle

Canada’s contribution to a major United Nations climate change conference later this year will be heavily dependent on actions by provincial and territorial governments. Provincial governments confirm Environment Canada has been collecting greenhouse-gas reduction measures from across the country as the federal government works toward an end-of-March deadline to ante up for the summit in […]

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Mar 3 2015 — Lee Berthiaume

Internal emails show a minister’s tweet sparked confusion, frustration and anger as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s comrades learned about the Canadian soldier’s death on Oct. 22 from news reports rather than through official military channels. Cirillo was standing guard with another soldier in front of the National War Memorial shortly before 10 a.m. that morning when […]

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Mar 3 2015 — Jesse McLean and David Bruser

Health Canada is ramping up inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing plants and will be publishing its findings online. “Transparency initiatives related to inspections are a key priority to Health Canada,” the regulator said in a Feb. 17 letter to drug manufacturers announcing the initiative. “Health Canada’s primary objective is to help protect the health and safety […]

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Tories, Liberals: Who are the better economic managers?

Mar 3 2015 — Lawrence Martin

Ralph Goodale, the old Liberal warhorse who served as finance minister under Paul Martin, got up in the Commons last week. “In the nine years since the government took office,” he said, “job creation has been half of what it was in the nine years before.” The nine years before would be when the Liberals […]


No excuse for limiting the number of leaders’ debates

Mar 2 2015 — Chantal Hébert

When it comes to the televised debates of the upcoming federal campaign, the only certainty is that there will be at least one in each official language and that the leaders of Canada’s three main parties will be on stage. Everything else is up in the air. As the Star reported last week some Conservative […]

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SIRC is not doing the job

Mar 3 2015 — Colin Kenny

If the prime minister thought public pressure to institute a more robust review system for national security would slowly die down, he has miscalculated. Last week, a number of former prime ministers and Supreme Court justices penned an open letter calling for the government to keep a closer eye on federal intelligence activities. While certainly […]


Middle-class gloom may be 2015’s sleeper issue

Mar 3 2015 — Frank Graves

A few years ago, we began noticing a change in the way Canadians look at the economy — a growing sense that we were reaching the end of progress. The idea of a better life — what’s known south of the border as the American Dream — seemed to be slipping away. Across North America […]

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How multiculturalism can make Canada stronger this century

Mar 3 2015 — Zach Paikin

Since the advent of the postwar era in 1945, Washington’s commitment to a liberal international order has produced the greatest era of peace and prosperity the world has ever known. Several geopolitical analysts are noting that that commitment is slowly eroding. The global free trade regime produces a massive American current account deficit all while […]


Patrick Brown heats up PC leadership race

Mar 3 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Suddenly the snooze-fest that was the PC leadership campaign has caught fire. Official numbers haven’t been released, but indications are Barrie MP Patrick Brown — an outsider and a relatively unknown quantity at Queen’s Park — has a jaw-dropping lead. Party insiders say he has signed up “more than 40,000 and less than 41,000” new […]


CFRA’s Lowell Green returns, happy to be alive

Mar 3 2015 — Susan Sherring

And he’s back. CFRA’s Lowell Green, the leader of his own Island of Sanity took back his seat on Monday morning in front of the mike. And save for many thanks from his loyal listeners, it was if he’d never been away. Apparently not even a life-threatening double heart bypass can mellow Green. “No, some […]

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Canadian Screen Awards 2015: Mommy big film winner, Orphan Black takes top TV trophies

Mar 2 2015 —

The critically acclaimed Montreal-based film Mommy was the darling of Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, taking home nine trophies including best motion picture. The night also saw CBC win another two awards, adding to 18 garnered during two ceremonies held earlier this week. Sunday’s two-hour gala, hosted by comedian Andrea Martin and broadcast on CBC TV, […]

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