National Newswatch

Parliament’s conflict-of-interest watchdog opens first-ever investigation into a PM’s activities

Jan 16 2017 — David Akin — The federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation into the circumstances of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s New Year’s holiday in the Bahamas, the National Post has learned, the first time a sitting prime minister has come under scrutiny by the independent parliamentary watchdog. The commissioner, Mary Dawson, is considering two potential […]

Conservative MP Andrew Scheer makes a hashtag sign as he rises during Question Period in the House of Commons, Monday, May 30, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tories press Parliamentary watchdog to probe Trudeau’s vacations for potential breaches of federal laws

Jan 12 2017 — David Akin — A Conservative MP has filed a second complaint this week with a parliamentary watchdog about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s New Year’s getaway to an island in the Bahamas owned by billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan. On Monday, it was Conservative MP Andrew Scheer, asking Mary Dawson, Parliament’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics […]


With a key Arctic research project set to close in 2018, the Trudeau government ponders next steps

Jan 8 2017 — David Akin — As the Trudeau government begins to set its 2017 budget priorities, the country’s 1,000-strong community of Arctic researchers is hoping to secure new funding for a key research network that will otherwise be forced to wind down in 2018. And, according to documents obtained by the National Post, those researchers have reason to be optimistic. […]


Former CPC ministers spent more than $100,000 to ‘coach’ their staff on finding new jobs after election loss

Dec 6 2016 — David Akin — A trio of former Conservative ministers authorized more than $100,000 in “personal coaching” contracts to help a handful of their political staff find new jobs after last fall’s election. And while several Conservative aides were polishing their resumes at taxpayer expense, dozens of incoming Liberals spent more than $50,000 on media coaches and another $32,000 […]