National Newswatch

Nearly a third of Conservative leadership ballots already in, party says

May 17 2017 — Susan Lunn — As the mail-in deadline looms for the Conservative leadership race, ballots for nearly one-third of the eligible voters are already in, according to party estimates. The ballots are being opened and processed for counting at the Deloitte Canada offices in Vaughan, Ont., where party officials, volunteers and scrutineers have gathered. Officials estimate that each mail […]

Softwood lumber aid package likely to go to cabinet Tuesday

May 15 2017 — Susan Lunn — The federal government’s aid package for the softwood lumber industry is expected to go before cabinet Tuesday for final approval. Sources tell CBC News the package will contain a “substantial” envelope of money — just under a billion dollars — to help the sector struggling to cope with new tariffs recently imposed by the U.S. […]

It’s crunch time as Conservatives vote now for new leader

May 4 2017 — Susan Lunn — Conservatives gather in three weeks to announce the party’s new leader at a convention in Toronto that will feature two days of speeches and a tension-building reveal on the Saturday night. But the pressure-packed politicking and the frantic scrounging for support that have been the hallmarks of Conservative conventions in the past are happening right […]

Kevin O’Leary met with Andrew Scheer before backing Maxime Bernier

Apr 27 2017 — Susan Lunn — Kevin O’Leary praised Maxime Bernier on Wednesday as the candidate who best “mirrors” his policies, but CBC News has learned the reality TV star also held talks with another Conservative leadership candidate the night before. O’Leary had an extensive face-to-face meeting with Andrew Scheer in Toronto on Tuesday night. Multiple sources told CBC News the […]

Canada pursues possible trade deal with China as softwood lumber dispute with U.S. heats up

Apr 24 2017 — Susan Lunn — Exploratory free trade talks are underway this week as Canadian and Chinese officials visit one another’s countries to discuss what a potential agreement might look like. Chinese officials are gathering at the offices at Global Affairs Canada, while two federal ministers, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, are in China. In […]

Trump’s travel bans and cuts to science could create a Canadian brain gain

Mar 21 2017 — Susan Lunn — U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to limit travel into his country while simultaneously cutting money from science-based programs provides an opportunity for Canada’s science sector, says a leading Canadian researcher. “This is Canada’s moment. I think it’s a time we should be bold,” said Alan Bernstein, president of CIFAR, a global research network that funds […]

O’Leary shrugs off attacks at Conservative leadership debate

Feb 5 2017 — Susan Lunn — If Kevin O’Leary was upset about being the target of many of the attacks during the Conservative leadership debate in Halifax on Saturday, he didn’t show it. His hospitality suite in the Westin Hotel was the largest room by far, and O’Leary took to the stage there himself to play a few tunes with a […]

P.E.I. signs on to health accord with federal government

Jan 31 2017 — Susan Lunn — Prince Edward Island has signed on to Ottawa’s health-care deal, allowing the province to access federal dollars for home care and mental health. The deal was confirmed in news releases from the federal and provincial governments Tuesday. It will provide $24.6 million for home care and $20.5 for mental health initiatives over 10 years. Prince […]

John McCallum ‘excited’ to be next ambassador to China

Jan 11 2017 — Susan Lunn — John McCallum says making the move from immigration minister to ambassador to China isn’t as big a leap as people might think. He pointed to his wife, who is Chinese, and to constituents in his Markham-Thornhill riding, many of whom are also of Chinese descent. “So in my personal life, in my work life, and […]

Andrew Scheer to enter Conservative leadership race tomorrow

Sep 27 2016 — Susan Lunn — Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer will declare his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party tomorrow. The former Speaker of the House of Commons stepped down earlier this month from his role as Opposition House leader in order to get ready for his leadership bid. He’s called a press conference for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in […]

Health minister vows to do more than just ‘open the federal wallet’

Sep 27 2016 — Susan Lunn — Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she has an obligation to do more than “simply open up the federal wallet,” as she negotiates a new health care accord with the provinces. Philipott is under pressure from the provinces and territories to increase the annual general health transfer. Next year, the annual increase in that federal […]

Canada’s ambassador to China says some human rights moving backwards

Aug 31 2016 — Susan Lunn — Canada’s ambassador to China says human rights in that country have taken a step backwards in some areas in recent years. Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s top diplomat in China for four years, said he’s noticed a change in terms of people’s ability to express themselves freely, and not in a positive way.