National Newswatch

Manitoba no longer a holdout on health funding deal with federal government

Aug 21 2017 — — The Manitoba and federal governments have settled a long-standing dispute on health-care funding. The governments have signed an agreement that will see the province receive an extra $400 million over the next 10 years for specific programs such as home care, mental health services and addictions treatment. Manitoba was the last province to sign on […]

Trudeau, Irish leader to march in Montreal Pride parade

Aug 20 2017 — — Justin Trudeau is marching in Montreal’s Pride parade with the prime minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar. At a Sunday morning news conference with Varadkar, Trudeau said that it’s important to work with foreign allies to promote diversity, because there’s still more to be done. He says the parade “is a time to dance and celebrate, […]

Federal appointee to race relations board under scrutiny for writings on Islam

Aug 20 2017 — — A board member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an arms-length federal government agency with a mandate to combat racial discrimination, is in jeopardy of losing her post over her writings on the controversial website Jihad Watch. Christine Douglass-Williams has been writing for the site almost since she was appointed to the foundation’s board in […]

Trudeau takes aim at ‘racist’ rallies, urges trust in immigration system

Aug 20 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should maintain confidence in the immigration system even as thousands of asylum seekers continue to pour into the country. He stresses that all those walking across the United States border won’t receive any special advantage and must go through the usual security checks and immigration evaluations. Federal authorities say […]

The Trump Unit: Inside Canada’s PMO squad to save NAFTA

Aug 20 2017 — — If Donald Trump deploys the big bomb during upcoming NAFTA negotiations, and threatens to blow up the continental trade agreement, a unit within the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be assigned to try disarming it. The Canadian government has created an election-style nerve centre to handle White House-related challenges and officials who describe […]

U.S. signals Trump’s Buy American agenda non-negotiable in NAFTA talks

Aug 19 2017 — — The U.S. appears to be signalling that President Donald Trump’s vow to aggressively promote a “buy American, hire American” agenda is not open to discussion during negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration has served notice that it’s dealing with the issue outside NAFTA. While it’s being pulled in one […]

Far-right, anti-racist groups plan duelling protests Sunday in Quebec City

Aug 18 2017 — — An anti-fascist group is organizing a counter-protest against a demonstration in Quebec City on Sunday that is being planned by a far-right group. Montreal Antifasciste says in a statement it’s calling on anti-fascist and anti-racist groups to head to the provincial capital to oppose La Meute’s demonstration. The call comes after at least two Quebecers […]

American dairy divided: Some want Canada’s supply management left alone in NAFTA

Aug 18 2017 — — The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada’s supply-management system as national negotiators get set to hold their first session on agriculture Saturday in North American free trade talks. A vocal contingent of American farmers actually supports the Canadian system of price-and-import controls and wants their national negotiators to leave the Canadian […]

Justice officials testing waters for sentencing reform promised by Liberals

Aug 17 2017 — — The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government’s controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy — including mandatory minimum penalties — before the Liberals bring in their promised reforms. An online survey asks respondents to judge several scenarios involving mitigating circumstances surrounding a crime, such as a brain-damaged offender […]