National Newswatch

Bromance begone: Gerald Butts must ‘disavow’ reported friendship with Steve Bannon, NDP leader says

Aug 16 2017 — Alex Ballingall — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the prime minister’s senior adviser to “immediately disavow” his reported friendship with Donald Trump’s controversial strategist and alt-right champion, Steve Bannon. In an article published online Tuesday, the New Yorker reported that Gerald Butts struck up a friendship with Bannon after they first met in the wake of […]

Meet NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul — the most important Canadian you’ve (probably) never heard of

Aug 14 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Just weeks after Canada concluded the arduous, seven-year negotiation to ink a trade deal with the European Union, Steve Verheul boarded a plane for Washington, D.C. Verheul had recently been lauded in the House of Commons for his leading role in landing that agreement. Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, a cabinet minister in the Harper government […]

Liberals quash NDP push to question Justin Trudeau on NAFTA

Jul 21 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The Liberal-dominated House of Commons trade committee has quashed a move to invite the prime minister and other high-ranking cabinet members to answer questions about Canada’s NAFTA renegotiation priorities, as calls continue for more transparency about how the government plans to handle upcoming talks on the deal. The committee, instead, approved a Liberal plan to […]

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says it’s Justin Trudeau’s fault if Omar Khadr payout hurts NAFTA

Jul 20 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is rejecting assertions that his party’s attacks on the Omar Khadr settlement in U.S. media could hamper upcoming NAFTA negotiations, claiming any negative consequences of the move should fall on Justin Trudeau’s shoulders. Scheer was responding Thursday to accusations that partisan bickering south of the border on the controversial Khadr deal […]

NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton targets ‘corporate greed’ in green platform

Jul 18 2017 — Alex Ballingall — NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton says she wants to wrest power from the corporate interests she blames for climate change, so “grassroots” groups and a new Crown corporation can manage Canada’s environmental policies better and reduce emissions. The MP from northern Manitoba plans to release her “environmental justice” platform on Wednesday, which will include her […]

Charlie Angus says NDP must move on from pipeline debate

Jun 14 2017 — Alex Ballingall — NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus says his opponents in the race are too focused on pipeline politics, and proposes that Canada adopt a “carbon budget” to curb emissions in the long term instead of squabbling over particular resource projects. “The only discussion we’ve had on the environment is ‘this pipeline versus that pipeline.’ There’s no […]

John Honderich, Andrew Coyne debate if government should step in to ‘save journalism’

Jun 7 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Torstar Chair John Honderich squared off against Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne at a sold-out and spirited debate Tuesday over whether the government should “act to save journalism in Canada.” Honderich made the case that newspapers are vital for a democratic society, arguing that because of the industry’s “badly broken” business model, government action is necessary […]

Ottawa unveils ‘supercluster’ innovation plan

May 24 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The federal government is calling on industry leaders from select sectors to propose “superclusters” of technological innovation that promise to create jobs and spur economic growth. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains kickstarted the national competition Wednesday for $950 million in seed money that will help set up these hubs of investment and […]

Conrad Black defends Donald Trump at parliamentary committee

May 4 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Conrad Black, urbane business baron and one-time U.S. prison inmate, says the billionaire in the White House is not a “monster,” and that his recent blustering on trade with Canada might be nothing more than “atmospherics” to set the stage for upcoming negotiations. The former publisher and author made the comments Thursday when he appeared […]