National Newswatch

‘Important step’: Trudeau marks National Aboriginal Day with pledge to build relations, rename day

Jun 21 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day with a renewed commitment to building a stronger, government-to-government relationship and a promise to rename it National Indigenous Peoples Day. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Trudeau said the government is determined to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous Canadians by closing socio-economic gaps, […]

MPs recommend new immigration watchdog to crack down on crooked and ‘ghost’ consultants

Jun 16 2017 — Kathleen Harris — A committee of MPs wants a radical overhaul of how immigration consultants are regulated in Canada, and recommends disbanding the existing council and creating more robust government oversight. In a report tabled today, called Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants, the standing committee on citizenship and immigration calls for the creation of an […]

Liberals table bill to give gun registry data to Quebec

Jun 9 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government has introduced a bill that could finally give Quebec data from the federal gun registry that was scrapped by the Conservatives five years ago. Federal Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale tabled the legislation in the House of Commons today that would give the province records if it requests them within 120 […]

An unconscious person can’t consent to sex, Liberals confirm in Criminal Code cleanup

Jun 6 2017 — Kathleen Harris — An unconscious person cannot consent to sexual activity, the Liberal government has confirmed in new legislation that aims to update Canada’s Criminal Code. Justice Minister Wilson Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled the multi-pronged bill today, which cleans out so-called “zombie” laws, requires a statement defending every new bill’s compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedom, and […]

Canada keeps terror threat level unchanged after U.K. attacks, but will be extra-vigilant around July 1

Jun 5 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promised “seamless collaboration” between police agencies at the municipal, provincial and […]

Liberals face pressure to crack down on crooked immigration consultants

Jun 4 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The government is facing pressure from MPs of all political stripes to crack down on bogus immigration consultants who prey on people who are desperate to work or live in Canada. The Commons immigration committee has just wrapped up weeks of hearings on unregistered representatives called “ghost consultants.” MPs are now considering recommendations ranging from […]

PMO not aware of any cellphone contact between Trump and Trudeau

Jun 2 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The Prime Minister’s Office says it is not aware of any telephone conversation between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump on the U.S. president’s private cellphone. An Associated Press reported this week said Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly. The unusual invitation breaks diplomatic […]

Spend more on disaster planning to save in emergency relief, evaluation says

May 14 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Federal spending to respond to fires, floods and storms has ballooned over the years, but big savings could be achieved through more upfront spending to fortify vulnerable communities, according to a new evaluation of the government’s disaster relief assistance program. The report says the average annual federal share of response and recovery costs has been […]