National Newswatch

Stephen Harper’s political children poised for provincial takeovers

Sep 22 2017 — Don Martin — Here’s some interesting political trivia: No provincial premier has ever become prime minister of Canada. That’s what makes the phenomenon of Stephen Harper’s political children so bizarre. While even the best premiers have declined or failed in a bid move up the political pyramid to 24 Sussex Drive, federal Conservative backbenchers are lining up to […]

Rebellion brewing in N.B. against Prime Minister Trudeau’s proposed tax changes

Sep 21 2017 — — Coalitions of business are aggressively targeting Liberal MPs, trying to convince them to choose their community interests over party interests. Chartered accountant Chris Neal built his Saint John firm from the ground up with five people. He now has clients across New Brunswick, but fears they could seriously be affected by the federal proposed tax […]

McKenna calls out Conservative MP for sexist ‘climate Barbie’ tweet

Sep 20 2017 — Josh Dehaas — Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna called out a longtime Conservative MP for the “sexist comment” in which he compared her to a Barbie doll. Gerry Ritz, the former Minister of Agriculture, wrote “Has anyone told our climate Barbie!” Tuesday in response to another tweet that quoted a U.S. economist about the Paris Agreement […]

PM Trudeau shuffles parliamentary secretaries

Sep 19 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his roster of parliamentary secretaries, promoting Bill Blair to do double-duty on the justice and health files, and naming backbench Liberal MP Chris Bittle as the new deputy House leader. Parliamentary secretaries are MPs, from the governing caucus, who act as liaisons between cabinet ministers and the House of […]

WWE Hall of Famer Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies at 73

Sep 18 2017 — — American professional wrestling manager Raymond Louis Heenan, better known as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, died on Sunday, according to World Wrestling Entertainment. He was 73. His cause of death was not announced. Heenan, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, was hailed as one of the greatest WWE managers, with a […]

Trudeau, Sajjan take part in Ottawa’s Canada Army Run

Sep 18 2017 — — The Canadian Army Run in Ottawa broke new ground this weekend with a special participant. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ran in the five-kilometre event through downtown Ottawa, becoming the first sitting prime minister to take part. Trudeau finished the race in a time of 23:08.4, good enough for 364th place. He edged out Minister of […]

Brazeau still not ruling out legal action against the Senate, RCMP

Sep 17 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Independent Sen. Patrick Brazeau still isn’t ruling out pursuing legal action against the Senate and the RCMP. “I’ve said I’d look at every opportunity or possibility to see what I could do to restore the good name that I had, because at the end of the day I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Sen. Brazeau. […]

Scheer not ready to remove senator Lynn Beyak from caucus

Sep 16 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is not ready to remove Sen. Lynn Beyak from caucus, despite her coming under fire over her suggestion that First Nations people give up their status cards. Scheer said Sen. Beyak “no longer has a role” in the Conservative caucus, but didn’t elaborate on what that means, and stopped short of […]

‘This isn’t about small business’ Morneau says of tax changes

Sep 10 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says two-thirds of Canada’s small business owners, including farmers and physicians need not worry about the proposed federal changes to the tax system because they won’t be impacted “at all” by what the Liberals have put on the table. “We have no intention of trying to make it more difficult for […]

Tory argument that progressive NAFTA chapters should take a backseat to jobs ‘crazy’: McKenna

Sep 9 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says it’s “crazy” for the Conservative party to think that the government’s push to strengthen environmental protections and add “progressive” chapters on indigenous rights and gender to the new North American Free Trade Agreement means Canadian jobs would take a backseat in the talks. McKenna refuted Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin […]

Jagmeet Singh shuts down heckler with ‘love and courage’

Sep 9 2017 — Graham Slaughter — NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh was interrupted during a meet-and-greet Wednesday by a visibly angry woman who clapped in his face and accused him of supporting “sharia law.” Rather than fighting fire with fire, Singh, who is Sikh, responded by letting the heckler shout before telling her that the crowd at the Brampton, Ont. event […]

Andrew Scheer has lowest approval among federal party leaders: poll

Sep 9 2017 — — Conservative Andrew Scheer has the lowest approval among the federal party leaders, according to a new nationwide poll. The Mainstreet-Postmedia survey found 55 per cent of those polled approve of the job Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing. However, Trudeau also had the highest disapproval at 40 per cent, with five per cent of respondents […]

Poll shows Albertans support federal changes to small business tax

Sep 8 2017 — — Small business owners have been hammering the federal government over its proposed changes to tax policies, but a new poll says Canadians, particularly here in Alberta, are in support of the update. The poll, published by Mainstreet Research, says that a lot of people feel something needs to be done to close some tax loopholes […]

New health minister facing pressure to back doctors amid small business tax pushback

Sep 1 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Newly-appointed Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is defending the government’s controversial plans to close what it’s called “unfair” tax loopholes, amid calls to defend Canadian physicians. Critics say the changes will result in taxes being hiked for small business owners, including doctors. But Petitpas Taylor tells CTV News she thinks what the government’s proposing is […]