National Newswatch

Prince Harry hosts Obama at Kensington Palace

May 28 2017 — — Prince Harry welcomed Barack Obama at Kensington Palace in London on Saturday during the former President’s latest stop in Europe. “They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. They also talked about the […]

Social conservatives propel Andrew Scheer to Conservative leadership

May 28 2017 — — The new Conservative Party leader owes his leadership election win, in large part, to the social conservative vote, and now it’s Andrew Scheer’s turn to deliver for social conservatives or the Conservative Party may lose their support in 2019, says a rival candidate. “Frankly, looks like my voters were part of [what] put him over […]

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan reception

May 27 2017 — — In an apparent break with a nearly two-decades long bipartisan tradition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host an event commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision. The officials said Tillerson rejected a request by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs […]

Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69

May 27 2017 — Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69. Allman died due to liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and he was “surrounded by his […]

Andrew Scheer narrowly elected leader of federal Conservative party

May 27 2017 — — Andrew Scheer, a longtime Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons, has been narrowly elected the new leader of the federal Conservative party. The nail-biting process of winnowing the field went down to the final 13th ballot before Scheer, 38, was declared the winner with 51 per cent of the available points, […]

As ballots are counted, some Conservatives criticize complicated ranked-ballot voting system, party to review leadership election rules in post-mortem

May 27 2017 — — he Conservative Party needs to reconsider its complicated leadership election rules for future leadership conventions, say some Conservatives, including returning to delegated conventions, making arrangements in most ridings for party members to able to vote in-person, and ensure the field of candidates is not as large as it was this time. “It needs to be […]

Kushner Met With Russian Banker Who Is Putin Crony, Spy School Grad

May 27 2017 — — The Russian banker Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met with in December is viewed by U.S. intelligence as a “Putin crony” and a graduate of a “finishing school” for spies who was often tasked with sensitive financial operations by Putin, according to multiple U.S. officials and documents viewed by NBC News. Sergey Gorkov, 48, graduated from […]

Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig

May 27 2017 — — Ariana Grande is to return to Manchester to play a benefit gig for the victims of the attack at her concert on Monday. The American star said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” were with the victims of the Manchester attack. “I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to […]

Conservative leadership convention projects ‘united’ front, but some attendees admit to nervousness, uncertainty in the ranks

May 27 2017 — — Members of the Conservative Party attending the leadership convention in Toronto say they are feeling “upbeat,” “excited,” and “nervous” as the outcome of this two-day gathering will set the future direction of the party, and play a large role in determining if the party will be able to unseat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the next […]

B.C. political parties very close to reaching deal, Green leader says

May 27 2017 — — Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he’s very close to making a deal with either the Liberals and the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in British Columbia. He said negotiations between the parties have intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province’s election results earlier this week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in […]

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

May 26 2017 — — Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his […]

Half of Canadians can’t decide which Conservative is best PM material: Nanos

May 26 2017 — — A new poll suggests half of Canadians can’t decide which of the 13 Conservative leadership candidates would make the best prime minister. Twenty per cent of Canadians say none of the hopefuls would make the best prime minister, and 33 per cent aren’t sure, according to the latest data from a Nanos Research survey for […]