National Newswatch

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 … […]


Liberal MP says Quebec mosque shooting was ‘direct result’ of Tory, PQ policies

Feb 17 2017 — David Akin — A Liberal MP Friday said the Quebec mosque murders were a “direct result” of the kinds of policies “championed” in recent elections by the federal Conservative party and the provincial Parti Quebecois. Chandra Arya’s accusation, made Friday in the House of Commons, was the latest attempt by federal Liberals to blame “elements” in the Conservative […]


Conservatives accuse Liberal government of playing politics with Islamophobia motion

Feb 16 2017 — David Akin — Liberals and New Democrats signalled their strong support Wednesday night to have the federal government seek ways to combat rising anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada. Conservative MPs, however, accused the Trudeau government of playing politics and sowing division by asking the House of Commons to vote on a parliamentary motion condemning “Islamophobia,” a term Conservative MPs […]


Liberal MP keen to allay ‘fear and anxiety’ on anti-Islamophobia motion but will not change it in face of ‘hatred’

Feb 15 2017 — David Akin — Liberal MP Iqra Khalid said she is keen to allay the “fear and anxiety” some Canadians have about her attempt to have the House of Commons denounce Islamophobia, systemic racism and intolerance.In an exclusive interview Tuesday with the National Post, Khalid, a Pakistan-born first-time MP from Mississauga, Ont., said she is not willing to alter […]


Canadians deeply dislike Trump, but prefer him to Trudeau on economy, security: poll

Feb 8 2017 — David Akin — Despite deep overall disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadians prefer Trump’s approach to managing the economy and national security over the approach of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a new poll says. The poll from Mainstreet Research, provided exclusively to the National Post, is the latest survey to show that a significant majority of Canadians […]