National Newswatch

Andrew Scheer unveils ‘regional, gender diverse’ House leadership team

Jul 20 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is unveiling his House leadership team in Ottawa today, and at least two familiar faces will assume senior posts, CBC News has learned. Scheer will present a “regionally and gender diverse team,” but he will be partially hampered by the fact the party returned no MPs in either Atlantic Canada […]

Trudeau looks to court U.S. governors as NAFTA talks loom

Jul 13 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s American charm offensive enters its next phase this week with a prime speaking spot at a national conference of U.S. governors, only weeks before renewed NAFTA talks with the Trump administration. As part of a continuing effort to make the case for free trade in a country that is drifting toward […]

NDP MP Saganash apologizes for plagiarizing parts of an op-ed column

Jul 4 2017 — John Paul Tasker — NDP MP Roméo Saganash has apologized for plagiarizing parts of a recent op-ed column he wrote about why he, and many other Indigenous peoples, would not be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Saganash lifted paragraphs, nearly verbatim, from a speech delivered by student Erica Violet Lee at an event called “Reckoning with Canada at 150” at […]

Justin Trudeau visits ‘reoccupation’ teepee on Parliament Hill

Jun 30 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a teepee set up on Parliament Hill Friday, a structure erected as a symbol of the unresolved grievances many Indigenous peoples have as the country is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The teepee was moved Thursday night, with the help of the RCMP, from a spot on the edge […]

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now

Jun 28 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled. The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member’s bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command” […]

Liberal ministers, MPs were ‘accosting’ senators to vote against amended budget bill, senator says

Jun 21 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Senior Liberal cabinet ministers and MPs with the party engaged in last-minute lobbying efforts outside the Senate chamber Tuesday evening, trying to fend off efforts to amend the government’s budget bill. Finance Minister Bill Morneau, House leader Bardish Chagger and various Liberal MPs pulled aside a number of Senate Liberals and Independent senators on their […]

Rona Ambrose ‘worried’ about Senate delays to sexual assault training for judges bill

Jun 19 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is worried senators are sitting on her bill that mandates sexual assault training for judges, fearing further delays could threaten the bill’s passage as a possible prorogation of Parliament looms. “I am worried, but I’m still optimistic,” Ambrose said in an interview with CBC News. “Justin Trudeau gave me […]

Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous Peoples were immigrants

Jun 19 2017 — John Paul Tasker — In a ceremony honouring leadership on Indigenous issues at Rideau Hall, Gov. Gen. David Johnston has apologized for calling Indigenous Peoples immigrants to Canada. Johnston was referring to his comment during an interview with CBC Radio’s The House Saturday. “We’re a country based on immigration, going right back to our, quote, Indigenous people, unquote, who […]

Canada enacts protections for transgender community

Jun 16 2017 — John Paul Tasker — New federal protections for transgender Canadians are about to become law after a strong show of support for the landmark legislation in the Red Chamber. Sixty-seven of the 81 senators in attendance voted in favour of Bill C-16 Thursday evening, finally disposing of a bill that has been before Parliament for more than a year. […]

Trudeau Senate appointees poised to split infrastructure bank from budget bill

Jun 13 2017 — John Paul Tasker — In a sign that Independent senators are continuing to assert that independence, some in the Red Chamber are attempting to force the government to split off the infrastructure bank from the budget implementation bill, threatening to delay not only the creation of the bank but the government’s budget plans. Independent Quebec Senator André Pratte, one […]