National Newswatch

Moving federal immigration processing centre in central Alberta will cost millions extra

May 17 2017 — David Akin — The federal government will take on millions of dollars in higher renovation and leasing costs to move an immigration case processing centre from the central Alberta town of Vegreville to Edmonton, according to documents obtained by Global News. The documents directly contradict an assertion made in November by former Immigration Minister John McCallum that the […]

Ottawa’s two-year tab to host visiting kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers just under $3-million

Apr 6 2017 — David Akin — The federal government has spent $2.8 million over the past two years to host visiting kings, queens, presidents, premiers and other VIPs, the National Post has learned. The most expensive visit in the calendar years 2015 and 2016 was by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi visited Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver April 14-16, 2015, while […]

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau asks provinces to stiffen penalties for distracted drivers

Feb 25 2017 — David Akin — The federal government wants some provinces to toughen laws aimed at distracted drivers, the National Post has learned, but is not yet ready to criminalize those caught texting or talking on smartphones. In a letter to his provincial counterparts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau seeks “nationallly consistent enforcement measures and penalties” to combat a rapidly […]

Canada has failed at innovation for 100 years. Can the Trudeau government change that?

Feb 23 2017 — David Akin — “Why is Canada filled with ‘low-innovation’ companies?” In a recent academic paper, Peter Nicholson, a former business leader, bureaucrat and a one-time advisor to former prime minister Paul Martin, poses the question. He then reminds us that for more than a hundred years this has been an exceedingly difficult question to answer. “Since 1916 … […]