National Newswatch

Are Steve Bannon And Gerald Butts Friends? PMO Says It’s Just Business

Aug 16 2017 — Althia Raj — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office is trying to downplay a U.S. report about the close relationship between his senior staffer, Gerald Butts, and Donald Trump’s key adviser, Steve Bannon. In a piece published Tuesday in The New Yorker, Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza described Butts and Bannon as “friends” and noted the two “talk regularly.” While […]

Politicians Accused Of Violating Canadians’ Rights By Blocking Them Online

Aug 2 2017 — Althia Raj — The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is looking into complaints from citizens who have been blocked on social media by politicians and government agencies, HuffPost Canada has learned. “We have gotten complaints about this and, we are just grappling right now with the assessment,” Micheal Vonn, BCCLA’s policy director, said Wednesday. “People are asking about […]

China’s Gift For Canada 150 Project Not What It Seems, Expert Says

Aug 1 2017 — Althia Raj — Canadian agencies showed naiveté in dealing with China as it inserted itself into a Canada 150 project, says a Canada-China expert. Brock University political scientist Charles Burton told HuffPost Canada that the “very dominant Chinese participation” in a horticulture exhibit in the national capital this summer is another example of the regime’s “attempt to influence […]

John Kelly, Trump’s New Chief Of Staff, Seen As Friend Of Trudeau Government

Jul 31 2017 — Althia Raj — Gen. John Kelly’s appointment as U.S. President Donald Trump’s new White House chief of staff was greeted warmly Monday by the Trudeau government, which believes it has built a strong relationship with the former Homeland Security secretary. Kelly, a retired general who was described as “an adult in the room,” “well-informed,” and “responsible,” by Canadians […]

Andrew Weaver, B.C. Green Leader, Bemoans NDP ‘Change In Language’ On Kinder Morgan

Jul 25 2017 — Althia Raj — B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says he hopes watered-down language in official cabinet mandates doesn’t mean Premier John Horgan has changed his position on fighting the Kinder Morgan pipeline. HuffPost Canada reported on Tuesday that the new B.C. NDP government’s mandate letters make little mention of the party’s campaign promise to fight the Trans […]

Jagmeet Singh Acting Like A Liberal, Charlie Angus Says

Jul 12 2017 — Althia Raj — Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh pitched himself Tuesday as the only candidate in the NDP leadership race who could help the party grow, but he left himself vulnerable to accusations of being the least likely to champion party policy. “I’m the growth candidate in this race,” the 38-year-old declared in his opening remarks at the debate […]

Canadian Parliament Shuts Down Emails Over Fears Of Hacking

Jun 25 2017 — Althia Raj — The House of Commons shut down email and computer network services Sunday over fears hackers might try to break into Canadian parliamentary accounts. On Friday, MPs in Britain and their staff were informed of a “sustained and determined attack” against their networks. “These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to users’ emails,” HuffPost UK […]

Peter Mansbridge To Be Replaced By 3 Anchors At New ‘The National’

Jun 15 2017 — Althia Raj — Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC’s flagship national news program, “The National.” The incoming hosts will also report in the field, said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News. However, the people who will fill the high-profile positions are still being decided. “As yet, no decisions have […]

Liberals Silence Opposition By Fulfilling Their Defence-Spending Promises

Jun 10 2017 — Althia Raj — The Liberals announced $62-billion in defence spending this week but you wouldn’t know it listening to question period. The NDP and the Conservatives barely mentioned the 70 per cent increased defence spending announced Wednesday — the largest boost in decades and one the Liberals didn’t specifically campaign on. The Tories devoted four questions — out […]

Trudeau-Scheer Showdown Delayed As PM Skips Question Period

Jun 1 2017 — Althia Raj — If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is eager for his question period face-off with the prime minister, he’ll have to be a little more patient. Justin Trudeau is making the new leader wait. After a week-long trip to Europe for NATO and G7 meetings, and a personal audience with the Pope Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, […]

Liberal MPs Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Sean Casey Vote To Call Out Electoral Reform Pledge

May 31 2017 — Althia Raj — Two Liberal MPs — Sean Casey and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith — voted with the opposition Wednesday to accept a Commons’ committee report that outlined ways the Grits could have kept their electoral promise to reform the way Canadians vote. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau struck an all-party committee last year asking for recommendations on how the government […]