National Newswatch

Can Trudeau keep resisting calls to be the anti-Trump?

Jan 19 2017 — Adam Radwanski — On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as his country’s 45th president, Justin’s Trudeau’s office was flagging a speech about Canada-U.S. relations that the Prime Minister made when he was the third-party leader back in June, 2015. Delivered to the Liberal-affiliated Canada 2020 think-tank shortly before the campaign that would bring Mr. Trudeau to power, […]


Canadian embassy the hottest ticket in town for inauguration

Jan 19 2017 — Barrie McKenna — The Canadian embassy in Washington is promising that its bash for Donald Trump will be bigger than ever – a signal that Ottawa wants to reach out and impress the incoming U.S. president when some of the cornerstones of the Canada-U.S. relationship are under threat. The embassy’s invite-only inauguration “tail-gate” party and VIP brunch is […]


Trudeau rejects call to appoint a Quebec lieutenant

Jan 19 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced headwinds as his cross-country tour took him into Quebec, where he fended off calls to appoint a Liberal lieutenant to give the province more influence in Ottawa. Mr. Trudeau is steadfast in his refusal to appoint regional ministers, but his closest advisers are well aware of the calls for a […]


Liberal staffer fired after security breach at NDP offices in Ottawa

Jan 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — A member of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s staff has lost his job after he gained unauthorized access to NDP offices near Parliament Hill. Mark Livingstone inappropriately entered the New Democrats’ research office on Sparks Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2016, the day before the Liberal government’s one-year anniversary in power. On Nov. 8, […]


NAFTA talks will be wide open, says Trump’s commerce nominee Wilbur Ross

Jan 18 2017 — Robert Fife — Every aspect of the North American free-trade agreement will be on the negotiating table, and any final agreement should contain an automatic measure to reopen the deal later to address further issues, Donald Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary said on Wednesday. Billionaire turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross told a Senate confirmation hearing that reopening the 1994 […]

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For the old Tories, a final call to arms

Jan 18 2017 — Lawrence Martin — Remember the old Progressive Conservatives? In this era of raw populism, the name sounds quaint. But of course it was progressive Tories who spearheaded the party from the days of John A. Macdonald right up until Stephen Harper, right up until hard-edged conservatives devoured them like cupcakes. Old Tories went underground. They cowered under Mr. […]


Canada given advance notice of Trump’s NAFTA demands

Jan 18 2017 — Robert Fife — Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, chosen by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to reshape U.S. trade policy, has informed Canada that rules of origin and independent dispute tribunals will be central to talks aimed at resetting the North American free-trade agreement. Canadian officials say the nominee for commerce secretary has indicated a formal-notification letter to open negotiations […]


Canada’s mayors pushing federal government for housing, transit cash

Jan 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Canada’s mayors are pushing Ottawa to speed up the flow of federal infrastructure cash as signs mount that the billions in promised spending have been slow to enter the economy. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will call on the federal government to cover the cost of 50 per cent of […]


Trudeau promotes former general Andrew Leslie to forge closer ties with U.S.

Jan 17 2017 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will name retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie to the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations in an effort to forge closer ties with former military commanders that are playing leading roles in president-elect Donald Trump’s administration. A senior official told The Globe and Mail that Mr. Trudeau is also reassigning some of his […]