National Newswatch

Prime Minister to march in Canada’s largest Pride parade today

Jun 25 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will march in Canada’s largest Pride parade today. Trudeau, who became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade during last year’s event, will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and more than 150 groups and […]

Trudeau celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste day in Montreal with his family

Jun 24 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the many people attending Fete Nationale celebrations in Quebec. Trudeau was mobbed by crowds on Saturday as he visited a St-Jean-Baptiste street party in his Montreal riding with his wife and three children. The prime minister posed for selfies, stopped for lemonade and beer, and chatted with numerous constituents […]

Scheer names rookie MP as Quebec lieutenant

Jun 24 2017 — — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has named a rookie MP as his Quebec lieutenant. Scheer announced Saturday that Alain Rayes will be his political lieutenant in the province. Rayes, who represents the riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, was elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 election.

B.C. NDP to introduce throne speech confidence motion Monday, vote Thursday

Jun 23 2017 — — British Columbia’s New Democrats say they will introduce an amended motion Monday that aims to defeat Premier Christy Clark’s minority Liberal government. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth says the Opposition will introduce a confidence motion as an amendment to the debate on Thursday’s throne speech. He says the motion will ask for an immediate vote […]

U2 to perform at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1

Jun 23 2017 — — U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. A spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. “It’s a beautiful (Canada) Day!” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly tweeted […]

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Jun 23 2017 — — NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada’s mission against ISIL, and that his […]

U.S. to take ‘do no harm’ approach to NAFTA talks: Trump’s trade representative

Jun 22 2017 — — Donald Trump’s trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a “do-no-harm” approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could hurt many American agricultural sectors. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer repeated the remarks several times as he testified before a House of Representatives committee. Lighthizer says his objective is to modernize outdated aspects […]

Newly minted Conservative Leader Scheer to hit the road this summer

Jun 22 2017 — — Before Canada’s new Conservative leader arrived at a news conference this week to opine on the spring session of Parliament, an aide affixed a sign to the podium: “Andrew Scheer, leader of the Official Opposition.” The jokes came quickly: if the parliamentary media needed a sign to know who he was, what hope does he […]

Senate passes budget unchanged but reasserts right to amend money bills

Jun 22 2017 — — Senators have agreed to pass the federal budget without amendments, but they’re simultaneously reasserting their right to amend any bill, including budget bills. They have voted 50-33 to not insist on their amendments to the budget implementation bill, which would have deleted a provision allowing the government to hike the federal excise tax on wine, […]

Sears Canada cutting 2,900 jobs, closing 59 stores, secures creditor protection

Jun 22 2017 — — Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) said it plans to close 59 locations and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring after it was granted protection from creditors Thursday. The announcement came after the company was granted temporary protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. It […]