National Newswatch

‘Not necessarily’: Brad Wall asked if he supports National Aboriginal Day holiday

Jun 22 2017 — — Declaring National Aboriginal Day — now National Indigenous Peoples Day — a statutory holiday does not have the full support of Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall. “Not necessarily,” the province’s premier replied Wednesday when asked by media if he backs the idea of declaring the day a holiday. “I think National Aboriginal Day should be an opportunity […]

Senate to continue Don Meredith harassment probe

Jun 22 2017 — Laura Payton — The Senate ethics committee is going to continue its inquiry into sexual harassment and abuse of authority allegations against Don Meredith, who resigned his seat last month over a sexual relationship with a teenager. The Senate normally drops investigations related to senators if they cease to be senators, in part because it can’t impose a […]

Senators send amended budget bill to MPs as they face off over change

Jun 21 2017 — Laura Payton — Senators are sending an amended budget bill back to MPs as they face off over whether the upper house should be making changes to the government’s spending plan. Senators voted Wednesday afternoon to send the changed bill to the House for MPs to review. The amendment removes an increase in alcohol excise taxes pegged to […]

Kim Campbell urges Senate to pass Rona Ambrose’s ‘modest’ judge training bill

Jun 20 2017 — — Former prime minister Kim Campbell is urging the Senate to pass Rona Ambrose’s bill requiring sexual assault education for would-be judges, saying the legislation will simply give force to a 25-year-old law. Ambrose, a Conservative MP and former interim party leader, is stepping up lobbying efforts on behalf of her private member’s bill as she […]

NAFTA talks could be done by 2019 election: Mulroney

Jun 18 2017 — Laura Payton — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says it’s possible the NAFTA renegotiation will be done in time for the 2019 federal election, but he warns Canada and the U.S. need to solve their softwood lumber woes soon or risk the long-running trade irritant derailing the broader trade talks. Mulroney, who as prime minister from 1984 to […]

Appointments paralysis shows internal dysfunction

Jun 15 2017 — Don Martin — A former prime minister’s wife once told me that the most irritating part of her unofficial role was to fend off government job-seekers. Everywhere she went, people lobbied her for appointments to the Senate, powerful public service positions or lucrative agency gigs, as if prime ministerial pillow talk gave them preferential access to platinum-level employment. […]

Six bills to watch as Parliament winds down

Jun 14 2017 — Laura Payton — The House can rise any day now, with MPs returning to their ridings to kick off the summer barbecue circuit. But before they flee the capital, there are a handful of bills that are so close to passing they may just see them to the end. On others, they’ll want to see significant progress before […]

‘Don’t lose your cool’: Former PM Chretien on rocky U.S. relations

Jun 12 2017 — — The state of Canada-U.S. relations is often “kind of a crisis,” according to former prime minister Jean Chretien. His advice to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and company: “Don’t lose your cool.” Reflecting on his time in office, he explained that dust-ups over foreign policy directives and trade ties have long been the norm for the […]

NATO wants Canadians back in Afghanistan: Sajjan

Jun 11 2017 — Laura Payton — Canada is considering a NATO request to send police trainers to Afghanistan, three years after the military mission officially ended, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says. The request came from the U.S. through NATO, and could involve either civilian police trainers like the RCMP, or military trainers working with Afghan police, a defence official added. Sajjan […]

Canada looking at all options for new fighter jet: Sajjan

Jun 10 2017 — Laura Payton — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he’s looking at all options when it comes to finding 18 fighter jets to bridge Canada into a new fleet to replace its aging CF-18 Hornets. Sajjan announced last fall that Canada was entering talks to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornets to cover a “capability gap” created when the government […]

Canadians Latvia-bound to lead NATO battle group

Jun 9 2017 — — Hundreds of Canadian troops will start arriving in Latvia on Saturday to lead a multinational battle group as part of its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s pledge to lead a NATO battle group in Latvia as part of the alliance’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe […]

A Trump-like Caesar assassinated on NYC stage

Jun 8 2017 — — He looks like Donald Trump, with his fluffy hair, dark suit and tie hanging below the belt. He moves like Trump. He even has a wife with a Slavic accent. And at the start of the third act, the actor playing Julius Caesar in New York City’s free summer Shakespeare in the Park festival is […]

Conservatives present united front after ballot complaints

Jun 7 2017 — Laura Payton — Conservative MPs and senators are satisfied with the party’s explanation for a discrepancy in the number of votes counted in last month’s leadership race, newly crowned leader Andrew Scheer said Wednesday. “We had a very thorough presentation today from the party, from our deputy returning officer who managed the process,” Scheer said following the party’s […]