National Newswatch

Kevin O’Leary vows to claw back money raised by provinces through carbon taxes

Feb 25 2017 — — The top candidates for the Conservative leadership are sharpening their environmental and economic policies, with businessman Kevin O’Leary promising to claw back any amount that provinces raise through carbon taxes. At a debate in Ottawa on Friday, Mr. O’Leary derided Conservative MP Michael Chong’s proposal for a revenue-neutral federal carbon tax as a pipe dream, […]


In Donald Trump’s world, Canada has to embrace the chaos

Feb 25 2017 — Adam Radwanski — Speaking this week with The Globe and Mail, Mexico’s foreign affairs minister recalled the unpleasant surprise that led President Enrique Pena Nieto to cancel a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump shortly after the latter’s inauguration. “I was in Washington, and we had some very constructive meetings on different topics with the White House staff,” […]


Chinese conglomerate Anbang defends takeover of B.C. retirement-home chain

Feb 24 2017 — — Anbang, the massive Chinese conglomerate that has purchased a foothold in Canada’s health-care system, finally broke its silence Thursday to defend its takeover of one of B.C.’s largest retirement-home chains, arguing the deal was approved after great scrutiny at multiple levels of government. Anbang, which had not responded to media requests for months about its […]


In Quebec, weak membership numbers have Tory organizers dreaming big

Feb 23 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — Some see weakness in the Conservative Party’s low membership numbers in Quebec, but political organizers sense opportunity. According to officials from various federal leadership campaigns, 65 of the 78 ridings in the province have fewer than 100 members, including 38 ridings that don’t even have 30 members. Under the party’s rules, however, these ridings will […]


Climate-change policies add $1-billion to Alberta expenses

Feb 23 2017 — Carrie Tait — One of Alberta’s most controversial policies – the bundle of legislation tied to climate change – has forced the province to add over $1-billion to its expenses for the current fiscal year, a hit that comes as the government expects the deficit to exceed its original prediction despite more cash flowing into its coffers thanks […]

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No pledge to create new Canadian health care jobs in Chinese takeover

Feb 23 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government came under fire on Wednesday for its decision to allow a Beijing conglomerate with ties to powerful families in China to gain a foothold in Canada’s health-care system despite a murky ownership structure. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended letting Anbang Insurance buy a retirement-home chain that is British Columbia’s highest-billing provider of […]


Charter will protect Canadians at U.S. border preclearance, Trudeau says

Feb 22 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a government bill that expands the use of preclearance at the Canada-U.S. border, arguing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will protect Canadians who are screened by American officials. The legislation, Bill C-23, implements a 2015 border deal signed between then-prime-minister Stephen Harper and then-president Barack Obama. The […]

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Chrystia Freeland’s Kremlin ban is a badge of honour

Feb 22 2017 — Lawrence Martin — Our Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, will not be sitting down for borscht and blini in Russia any time soon. Maybe never. She holds a rare ministerial distinction. She’s banned from that land. She was blacklisted three years ago, along with 12 other Canadians, in retaliation for sanctions imposed in response to Russian aggression in […]