National Newswatch

Political centrists to consider embracing Alberta Party at weekend meeting

Jun 21 2017 — — A committee looking to rally centrists unhappy with what they say is an increasingly polarized political landscape is to meet Saturday with an eye to formally getting behind the Alberta Party. Executive director Katherine O’Neill says the Alberta Together committee is looking for the best way to turn its goals into political reality. More than […]

Conservative MP asks ethics watchdog to reconsider OK’ing Husky Energy hire

Jun 21 2017 — — Conservative MP Blaine Calkins wants the federal ethics watchdog to reconsider her decision to allow the former chief of staff to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to go work for a Calgary-based energy company. Janet Annesley, who left Parliament Hill early last month, is now senior vice-president of corporate affairs at Husky Energy. The Conflict […]

Senate, Trudeau government locked in test of wills over budget amendments

Jun 21 2017 — — A bid by senators to amend the Trudeau government’s budget escalated Wednesday into a test of wills over which parliamentary chamber — the elected House of Commons or the appointed Senate — has the right to decide budgetary matters. Senators were incensed after the government summarily and swiftly rejected Senate amendments to its budget implementation […]

Senators defy PM, delete escalator tax on booze from federal budget

Jun 21 2017 — — The Senate has given final approval to the federal government’s budget — but with amendments that would delete the so-called escalator tax on booze. The amended version of the budget implementation bill must now go back to the House of Commons. If the Liberal majority rejects the changes — and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has […]

PM renames Langevin Block building out of respect for Indigenous Peoples

Jun 21 2017 — — The federal government is renaming the Langevin Block building, which sits across from Parliament Hill, out of respect for Indigenous Peoples. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says keeping the name of Sir Hector-Louis Langevin — someone associated with the residential school system — on the building that houses Prime Minister’s Office clashes with the government’s vision. […]

Convicted killer Luka Rocco Magnotta getting married: report

Jun 20 2017 — — A Quebec TV network is reporting that convicted murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta will be getting married this month. TVA Nouvelles says the man who killed and dismembered Chinese student Jun Lin in 2012 will wed a male inmate from New Brunswick on June 26 at the penitentiary in Port-Cartier, on Quebec’s North Shore. Magnotta, who […]

Actor Colm Feore, newsman Tom Clark, on panel to choose new CBC board members

Jun 20 2017 — — The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Other members of the nine-member […]

Senators defy Trudeau, propose amendments to federal budget bill

Jun 20 2017 — — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to delete a so-called escalator tax on alcohol from the federal government’s budget, defying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that only the elected House of Commons has authority over budgetary matters. The Senate’s national finance committee passed a series of amendments to the budget implementation bill, all aimed at removing […]

Liberal security bill creates super-watchdog to oversee intelligence agencies

Jun 20 2017 — — A super-watchdog to oversee the full array of federal intelligence services would be created under legislation introduced today. The measure is part of a package of national security changes tabled by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the new expert body — the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency — would […]

Newfoundland shipper challenges federal ferry subsidies: ‘That’s not fair’

Jun 20 2017 — — A marine shipping dispute is challenging the country’s constitutional obligation to its youngest province, as a newly released report finds federal subsidies for Marine Atlantic ferries are pricing private carriers out of the market. Marine Atlantic, a Crown corporation operating ferries between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, uses federal tax dollars to provide shipping at less […]

PC Leader Jason Kenney advocates rigorous candidate screening for new party

Jun 20 2017 — — Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he will push for a rigorous screening of prospective candidates of any new conservative party to spike election-derailing “bozo eruptions.” “Let’s be honest about this,” Kenney said Monday at a town hall meeting with 350 people at a hotel in St. Albert, north of the Alberta capital. “I’ve […]

Liberals set to table bill to remodel national security measures

Jun 20 2017 — — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plans to introduce a bill today to upgrade a list of Conservative anti-terrorism measures. It will include more robust oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency along with changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews. The extensive package of legislation will also […]

Senate defeats motion to separate infrastructure bank from budget bill

Jun 20 2017 — — The Senate won’t be splitting the Trudeau government’s budget bill to hive off the portion dealing with creation of a new infrastructure bank. Senators have rejected by the narrowest of margins a motion to split the bill, defeating it on a tie vote of 38-38 late Monday. The motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte would […]