National Newswatch

Ottawa plans pitch to keep anti-doping agency in Montreal

Sep 22 2017 — Laura Stone — The Liberal government is dispatching Transport Minister Marc Garneau to Paris this weekend in a bid to keep the World Anti-Doping Agency headquartered in Montreal, as some members of the agency’s executive committee are considering moving it to Europe. The decision by the Prime Minister’s Office to send Mr. Garneau, a senior Montreal cabinet minister, […]

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won’t post details of private fundraisers

Sep 20 2017 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whose party attacked the Liberal government for months for holding cash-for-access fundraisers, says he won’t post details of his own private fundraising events. Mr. Scheer held at least one private fundraiser with real estate and business executives in the Toronto area this spring, around the time he was campaigning for party […]

Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death

Sep 20 2017 — — Ontario is ready to impose $50,000 fines on drivers who kill through carelessness, in some of the toughest legislation in the country aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists, The Globe and Mail has learned. The provincial government is expected to unveil on Wednesday a suite of new safety measures, as it seeks to address complaints […]

Google, Facebook to unveil campaigns against ‘fake news’

Sep 19 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are set to announce separate measures to fight “fake news” after facing calls from the federal government to protect the political system from the dissemination of misleading information in the media. “Disinformation, misinformation and fake-news campaigns are a real issue that we need to be alive and alert to,” Democratic […]

B.C.’s NDP unveils corporate and union donation legislation

Sep 18 2017 — Rob Shaw — B.C.’s New Democrat government fulfilled one of its major campaign promises Monday by introducing a bill to ban corporate and union donations. The legislation was tabled shortly before 2 p.m. in the legislature, and was followed by a media availability with Premier John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby and Green party leader Andrew Weaver. “This […]

Ahead of finance reform, BC NDP press on with lavish fundraisers

Sep 18 2017 — Ian Bailey — Legislation to reform campaign financing in British Columbia is expected to be introduced this week, but won’t stop the governing New Democrats from proceeding with a program of fundraising events that includes this week’s high-profile levee with Premier John Horgan. There are six fundraising events through Oct. 15, starting with Mr. Horgan’s $525-a-plate levee on […]

Tories launch ad campaign against tax changes

Sep 18 2017 — Bill Curry — The Conservative Party is launching a national advertising campaign this week to oppose the Liberals’ small-business tax plans, an issue that is set to dominate the agenda as Parliament returns Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, will face opposition questions for the first time since the government announced the controversial […]

RCMP shelved hundreds of organized-crime cases after terror attacks

Sep 18 2017 — Colin Freeze — The RCMP sidelined more than 300 investigations, mostly into organized-crime, as it redirected more than $100-million to its national-security squads after two Canadian soldiers were killed by Islamic State sympathizers. The figures come from government records obtained by The Globe and Mail under Access to Information laws and speak to how big of a bite […]

Most Canadians oppose arms deals with Saudi Arabia, poll finds

Sep 13 2017 — Steven Chase — A solid majority of Canadians object to selling combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia in the wake of revelations this summer that Riyadh deployed made-in-Canada combat vehicles against civilians during internal strife in the desert kingdom. A new poll by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail found that 64 per cent of Canadians oppose and […]

Tax fight puts crass politics ahead of sound economics

Sep 13 2017 — Konrad Yakabuski — Pity the lowly Canadian doctor, the Rodney Dangerfield of highly-paid professionals. We used to think lawyers got a bad rap, what with an entire category of jokes devoted to their sleazy excuses for racking up billable hours. They’ve been replaced by doctors as the wealthy professionals Canadians love to resent. Not only have doctors come […]