National Newswatch

Senate looks for a way forward on expenses after years of scandal

Sep 23 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Many senators who lived through the auditor general’s recent review of expenses say the process cost too much and took too long — but the next step could be trying, too, as senators argue over the best way to keep an eye on expenses without racking up huge costs. The 2013-15 audit of senators’ expenses […]

Missing and murdered inquiry commissioners to review police conduct and ‘investigate the investigations’

Sep 21 2017 — John Paul Tasker — The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says she has assembled a team of forensic investigators who are reviewing the activity of some Canadian police forces. “We have always intended to investigate policing, and I think the best way of describing it succinctly is we intend to investigate […]

Lynn Beyak removed from all Senate committees

Sep 20 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak has been removed from all Senate committees, a week after a series of controversial remarks about First Nations people came to light. Chairs of the Red Chamber’s agriculture, transport and defence committees confirmed to CBC News Wednesday that Beyak was no longer a member of their respective bodies. The Senate confirmed […]

Senator Lynn Beyak says First Nations should give up status cards

Sep 13 2017 — John Paul Tasker — After vowing to take the summer months to meet with Indigenous people after a series of controversial remarks, Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak says she now believes First Nations should give up their Indigenous rights and integrate into Canadian society. “Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each […]

Planes rescue stranded Canadians in Irma-hit Saint Martin, Turks and Caicos

Sep 11 2017 — John Paul Tasker — After Hurricane Irma’s devastation of islands in the Caribbean, the federal government is marshalling aid and planes to rescue stranded Canadians. A WestJet Airlines plane has arrived in Saint Martin to collect some of those affected by the storm, including a limited number of non-ticketed passengers who are on the island, which is divided between […]

Trudeau says tax changes aimed at ensuring wealthy Canadians pay fair share

Sep 7 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s proposed tax changes for incorporated small businesses during a press conference after a spirited caucus meeting in Kelowna, B.C., where talk over the controversial changes dominated discussion. Trudeau faced angry doctors at a town hall in the B.C. Interior city Wednesday night. Many small business owners are frustrated […]

Doctors arrive at Kelowna retreat to tell Liberal MPs they won’t stand for small business tax changes

Sep 6 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Doctors are warning that the Liberal government’s proposed changes to the small business tax regime could force female physicians to leave the profession, and some have travelled to the national Liberal caucus meeting to turn up the heat on skittish MPs. Dr. Gigi Osler, the newly elected president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), hosted […]

Liberal MPs ask Morneau to tweak small-business tax changes

Sep 2 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Some Liberal MPs are growing skittish as small business owners mobilize against proposals to change the tax regime, and they will tell Finance Minister Bill Morneau that his plans need a tweak to stave off an electoral backlash. CBC News spoke to a number of MPs ahead of the national caucus meeting in Kelowna, B.C., […]

Trudeau names Giller Prize-winning novelist David Adams Richards to Senate

Aug 30 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Celebrated Canadian novelist David Adams Richards has been appointed to the Senate, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday. Richards will represent New Brunswick in the Upper House. Richards has penned a number of bestselling books, and is one of only a handful of authors who has received a Governor General’s Award in both the non-fiction […]

‘I worry about this’: Trudeau’s move to dissolve Indigenous affairs department prompts concern

Aug 29 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing fundamental reforms to Indigenous affairs, upending a system of governance that has been in place for the better part of this country’s 150-year history. The federal Liberal government will split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) into two separate ministries, some 20 years after the Royal Commission on Aboriginal […]