National Newswatch

Canada pushes back decision on UN peace mission

Sep 13 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Two years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canada is back” on the world stage, the federal Liberal government is preparing to host a major international peacekeeping conference but will not announce where it will deploy Canadian assets, the Star has learned. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in an exclusive interview that the government has […]

Trudeau briefs cabinet on NAFTA, the economy

Sep 12 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — The federal Liberal government is not backing down from controversial proposals to close tax “loopholes,” proposals that have outraged small businesses, professional groups representing medical doctors, and some premiers. As the federal cabinet sat down at a retreat to work through priorities for the fall parliamentary sitting, it was clear the government is likely to […]

Former U.S. president Barack Obama to speak in Toronto

Sep 6 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Former U.S. president Barack Obama will speak on global citizenship in Toronto on Sept. 29 at a time when all eyes are on his Oval Office successor, Donald Trump. Hosted by Canada 2020, a non-profit, left-leaning, Ottawa-based think-tank, Obama will speak at a lunchtime event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will be Obama’s […]

U.S. and Canada want NAFTA deal by end of year, Trump says

Sep 1 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — U.S. President Donald Trump, who threatened to walk away from NAFTA after complaining Canada and Mexico were being “difficult” at the negotiating table, now says he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree on one thing: they both want a new NAFTA deal quickly. The White House released a statement saying Trump and Trudeau spoke Thursday […]

Bob Paulson accused of nepotism in final days as top Mountie

Jun 26 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is making “patronage appointments” and handing out “cashable leave” in moves that amount to favouring his friends as he goes out the door, a Carleton University criminologist alleges in a formal complaint to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Prof. Darryl Davies on Thursday wrote Goodale a letter, a copy of which […]

Journalist shield law could soon become reality in Canada

Jun 8 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — The federal Liberal government is prepared to throw its support behind proposed legislation to protect the identity of journalists’ confidential sources, the Star has learned. The government is expected to announce Friday it will back a Conservative senator’s privately sponsored bill that would, for the first time in Canada, provide statutory protection for the identity […]

Federal Liberals will dedicate former U.S. embassy, an ‘architectural gem,’ for Indigenous use

Jun 6 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — The Liberal government plans to designate the magnificent former U.S. embassy building that sits facing Parliament Hill, near the Prime Minister’s Office, to use by Canada’s Indigenous people, the Star has learned. The federal government made the decision following months of consultations about what to do with the historic site. The massive structure at 100 […]

RCMP braces for rough week as calls for a shakeup mount

May 14 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — A radical idea is being floated — or more precisely, revived — as a way for the RCMP and its political masters to grapple with all that ails the force. The looming departure of Commissioner Bob Paulson has prompted some rank-and-file Mounties to call for a joint management approach to running the RCMP instead of […]

Reporters should be able to protect sources, Trudeau says

May 3 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons he believes journalists should be able to shield their sources. But the opposition challenged him to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. In his strongest statement yet on press freedoms, Trudeau endorsed the notion of reporters being able to protect the identity of their […]

MPs calling on federal government to boost protection of Canadian civil liberties

May 2 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — An influential group of Liberal MPs is calling on the Liberal government to give greater protection to Canadian civil liberties in its coming national security overhaul than was promised in its election platform. Liberal MPs on the Commons standing committee on public safety released a report Tuesday containing 41 recommendations. They urged Prime Minister Justin […]