National Newswatch

Kellie Leitch criticized over tweet attacking Syrian refugee program

Jun 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Conservative MP Kellie Leitch is facing new criticism after she issued a tweet portraying the legacy of the Liberals’ Syrian refugee program as a lone domestic violence case involving a Syrian refugee in Fredericton. Social media erupted after Ms. Leitch tweeted Sunday: “A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick. That’s the legacy of Trudeau’s […]

Russia warns Canada Magnitsky sanctions would be blow to relations

May 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Russia is warning Canada the adoption of a Magnitsky-style law would result in a significant blow to bilateral relations, while a prominent Russian dissident commends Ottawa’s decision to support sanctions against human-rights abusers worldwide. In a statement published Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned an announcement by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland expressing support […]

Liberals to support Magnitsky-style bill targeting Russia for human rights abuse

May 18 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government will support a Senate bill that would establish Magnitsky-style sanctions against human-rights abusers in Russia and around the world, following in the footsteps of the U.S. and Britain. The announcement comes a month after the House of Commons foreign affairs committee urged the Liberal government to […]

Trudeau a no-show at event with Aga Khan in Ottawa

May 16 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The Aga Khan was in Ottawa Tuesday for the grand opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism, a think tank founded by the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader with $30-million in federal-government support. However, the Aga Khan’s long-time family friend, Justin Trudeau, was nowhere to be seen at the event. The Prime Minister’s absence comes amidst […]

Airline passenger bill of rights will go to Parliament this week

May 15 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The Liberal government will this week table long-anticipated changes to Canadian transportation laws, which are expected to address the rights of airline passengers, particularly after a series of overbooking scandals. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office declined to comment on the specifics of the bill until it is properly introduced in Parliament. Mr. Garneau has committed […]

No Iran polling stations in Canada for upcoming election: Feds

May 9 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government will not allow Iran to set up polling stations in Canada for its upcoming presidential election – a decision that comes as the countries quietly work to re-establish diplomatic relations. Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York sent a diplomatic note to Canadian officials around April 10 requesting that […]

Ottawa tight-lipped on delay to improving no-fly list

Apr 11 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government has stalled without explanation a plan to create a system that would allow smooth travel for Canadian airline customers, including children, whose names closely match those on the no-fly list. Last November, The Globe and Mail reported that cabinet was presented with a proposal to allocate $78-million annually until 2022 and $12-million […]

Trudeau concerned about refugee influx in Manitoba border town

Feb 9 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is “very concerned” about a recent influx of refugee claimants in a small southern Manitoba border town, emphasizing the need to protect both the incoming asylum seekers and Canada’s border. Speaking to the daily Question Period Wednesday, Mr. Trudeau said that while Canada is always welcoming to vulnerable […]

NDP asks for investigation into security breach at offices in Ottawa

Jan 24 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The NDP is asking for an investigation into a security breach involving a Liberal staffer at one of their offices near Parliament Hill last year. In a letter to the House of Commons Speaker, Sergeant-at-Arms’ office and Parliamentary Protective Service Monday, NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet asked for a thorough investigation into an incident last November […]

Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Jan 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — A member of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s staff has lost his job after he gained unauthorized access to NDP offices near Parliament Hill. Mark Livingstone inappropriately entered the New Democrats’ research office on Sparks Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, the day before the Liberal government’s one-year anniversary in power. On Nov. 8, […]