National Newswatch

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process

Jun 20 2017 — Simon Houpt — The Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations. The Globe and Mail has learned the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, will announce on Tuesday the creation of the […]

Chair of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority accused of partisan attacks

Jun 19 2017 — Robert Fife and Laura Stone — The chair of a federal Crown corporation overseeing construction of the new $4.8-billion bridge between Windsor and Detroit has used social media to level disparaging comments at Donald Trump and the federal and Ontario conservatives. The Trudeau government appointed former Ontario Liberal finance minister Dwight Duncan to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority in January, 2016, for […]

Kellie Leitch criticized over tweet attacking Syrian refugee program

Jun 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Conservative MP Kellie Leitch is facing new criticism after she issued a tweet portraying the legacy of the Liberals’ Syrian refugee program as a lone domestic violence case involving a Syrian refugee in Fredericton. Social media erupted after Ms. Leitch tweeted Sunday: “A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick. That’s the legacy of Trudeau’s […]

Cannabis ‘backup plan’ in the works if provinces unable to regulate by deadline, Morneau says

Jun 19 2017 — Bill Curry — The federal government is preparing a backup plan that would see it regulate the distribution and taxation of legal marijuana in provinces that are not ready in time for Ottawa’s July, 2018, deadline. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined the plan Monday following a two-day meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Some provinces are […]

BC Liberals stop real-time disclosure of political donations

Jun 19 2017 — — The BC Liberals have stopped disclosing political donations in “real time,” saying they are instead focusing staff time on preparing for potential new fundraising rules under an NDP government. The move caught the BC NDP off guard, but a spokesman for the the party, which is preparing to work with the BC Green Party to […]

Canada may lead regional effort to address Venezuelan crisis: sources

Jun 19 2017 — — Canada could lead a regional effort to address the crisis in Venezuela, according to sources with knowledge of the diplomatic efforts in the South American country. Earlier this week, Peru’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna publicly floated the idea of Justin Trudeau acting as a mediator for the Venezuelan crisis, citing the Prime Minister’s “global power […]

MP Arnold Chan carries on in Parliament, despite battle with cancer

Jun 17 2017 — Laura Stone — Arnold Chan wasn’t among the hordes of politicians and staffers who gleefully gathered at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summer garden party earlier this week on the grounds of historic 24 Sussex Drive. Instead, the Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt in Toronto was at his hotel residence, resting, so he could attend an hour-long round of votes […]

For Trudeau’s Liberals, universal daycare is a distant dream

Jun 17 2017 — Adam Radwanski — Hot off announcing the first deal with an individual province under a new national framework signed earlier in the week, Jean-Yves Duclos gamely tried to paint it as the start of a process that will lead to affordable child care for all. “Eventually, we’ll get to universality,” the federal Minister of Families, Children and Social […]

Chinese bidder back on track to buy Norsat after matching U.S. offer

Jun 16 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A Vancouver satellite firm at the centre of a controversy over the Trudeau government’s handling of Chinese investment in sensitive sectors is now facing matching bids from both China and the United States. And Norsat International is instructing shareholders that it wants to proceed to be acquired by Hytera Communications of Shenzen, China rather than […]

Scheer lays out Conservative economic vision, but withholds specifics

Jun 15 2017 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he won’t be proposing specific economic policies for months but portrayed himself as a free-market enthusiast who can help sell the party’s fiscal message with compassion. In his first major speech at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on Thursday, Mr. Scheer laid out his broad financial vision for […]

Elections BC reviewing political flyers from federal NDP

Jun 15 2017 — Laura Stone — The non-partisan office that administers provincial elections in British Columbia is looking into political flyers sent out by two federal NDP MPs during the recent provincial election, which could have run afoul of election law. Elections BC has confirmed it is reviewing whether federal B.C. New Democrats Nathan Cullen and Sheila Malcolmson engaged in alleged […]

Trudeau mum on what U.S. said about Chinese takeover of Norsat

Jun 15 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s top envoy to Washington says he doesn’t personally know whether the United States objected to a Chinese investor’s takeover of a Vancouver company that sells sensitive satellite technology to the American military. Ambassador David MacNaughton told a Senate committee in Ottawa on Wednesday that he thought the Americans “were consulted and they did not […]