National Newswatch

Latest poll puts NDP and Sask. Party in dead heat for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Feb 25 2017 — — A new poll shows the Saskatchewan Party’s Brent Penner has edged ahead in the race for the seat of Saskatoon Meewasin, putting him in a dead heat with the NDP’s Ryan Meili. The Mainstreet Research Poll, conducted for Postmedia on Thursday and released Saturday, predicts a fight to the finish for the two opposing candidates […]


Royal Canadian Mint struggles to make money: documents

Feb 25 2017 — Dean Beeby — The Royal Canadian Mint just isn’t making the money it used to. Revenue is down sharply, jobs have been chopped, morale is in the tank, and formerly successful lines of business are being shut down – even as the mint spends millions of dollars on new executive offices. Once a cash cow, the mint – […]


Want millennial voters? Conservatives must change, researchers say

Feb 25 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Researchers brought a sobering message to the annual convention of the right-leaning Manning Centre Friday: most voters under 35 aren’t connecting with the conservative movement, and if it wants to reach them, more than just messaging needs to change. Making Conservative policies more relevant to millennials — a younger demographic not consistently defined, but most […]


Finance Canada hiring pollsters to gauge Canadians’ gut reactions to budget

Feb 24 2017 — Dean Beeby — Dozens of Canadians will be providing minute-by-minute feedback for each statement in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s upcoming budget speech, in a relatively novel effort by the Liberal government designed to help craft its budget sales job. In cities outside Ottawa, carefully selected Canadians will each be given an electronic dial to register in real time […]


Parliamentary press gallery pushes back against plan to fingerprint, screen reporters

Feb 24 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The parliamentary press gallery is challenging a plan to impose RCMP security screening measures on new members, including fingerprinting for criminal record checks. The gallery, which marked its 150th year as an organization in 2016, formally opposed in principle the proposal from a House of Commons administrative committee during an annual meeting at the National […]


New York Times, CNN blocked from attending White House briefing

Feb 24 2017 — — Journalists from the New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Politico say they were not granted entry to a White House press briefing Friday. The reporters were barred from the briefing in the office of White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our […]


Drones expected to fly missions from Canadian naval ships within decade

Feb 24 2017 — Brett Ruskin — Canada’s fleet of frigates will have new airborne assets in the next decade, according to a report listing the advantages of unmanned airborne drones. An unmanned aircraft system, or UAS, could be deployed from the deck of a ship to identify targets, do reconnaissance and gather intelligence in areas where human-piloted helicopters could not. In […]


Denis Villeneuve is Hollywood’s new (Canadian) king of sci-fi

Feb 24 2017 — — Director Denis Villeneuve feels lucky. Not only has his film Arrival brought him to the Oscars for the second time, but he’s currently hard at work on the sequel to Blade Runner. It’s the kind of sci-fi epic Villeneuve could only have dreamt of growing up in the small Quebec town of Gentilly on the […]


The appeal of wealthy politicians — we see them as ‘incorruptible’

Feb 24 2017 — Scott Reid — “You can trust me, I’m super-rich.” If this strikes you as an unlikely political slogan, take a look around. Plagued by deep cynicism and a profound mistrust of institutions, voters seem increasingly ready to place their confidence in the hands of a very specific sort of leader: the wealthy. In the U.S., billionaire President Donald […]


Trudeau’s Privy Council Office budget the highest in a decade

Feb 24 2017 — Elizabeth Thompson — The budget for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Privy Council Office is set to rise by 20 per cent this year, making it one of the largest budgets for the office in a decade. According to spending estimates tabled in the House of Commons Thursday, the budget for the Privy Council Office will jump to $144.9 […]