National Newswatch

Trudeau’s 14-seat majority could ‘easily’ be reduced to minority ‘or worse’ in 2019, say opponents

Jul 24 2017 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 14-seat majority government could “easily” be reduced to a minority or even kicked to the opposition benches in 2019, say Liberal opponents, as the margin of victory in the Liberals’ 14 tightest victories in 2015 were between 0.2 and 2.5 per cent. Pollster Greg Lyle of Innovative Research said these closely […]

Shared Services Canada to begin talks on allowing federal departments to ‘opt out’ from centralized IT service

Jul 19 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Shared Services Canada is exploring transferring some responsibilities for federal information technology systems back to individual departments and agencies, in the wake of legislative changes weakening the agency’s monopoly on digital services. Pat Breton, director general of procurement and vendor relations with SSC, said the agency has started reaching out to the 43 federal departments […]

Tory Senators divided over whether they really agreed to term limits

Jul 19 2017 — — As several Conservative Senators reach their eight-year service mark this August, some say the idea that they had pledged to only stay that long is a myth, because former prime minister Stephen Harper had only asked for their support to pass a bill. But two Tory Senators don’t see it that way, with one saying […]

‘We inherited the mess, but we’re committed to fixing it,’ hundreds of thousands of cheques still affected by Phoenix pay problems

Jul 17 2017 — Derek Abma — Pay problems for federal public servants caused by the problematic Phoenix system are still ongoing, with little reduction in the backlog of error-ridden paycheques in recent months. Public Services and Procurement Canada has stopped updating an online dashboard that broke out various statistics on how many paycheques were subject to corrections due to Phoenix issues. […]

‘Fomenting misunderstanding for partisan reasons,’ Green Leader May slams ‘horrific’ Conservative response to Khadr’s $10.5-million settlement

Jul 17 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — While the Conservatives have rallied to criticize the Liberal government’s $10.5-million settlement with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says the Conservatives’ response has been “horrific” and that it’s “fomenting misunderstanding for partisan reasons.” “It’s horrific. There’s a complete disconnect from the reasons that the apology and some level of […]

‘Some people just can’t leave the campaign behind’: O’Toole rips libertarian website run by Bernier supporters

Jul 12 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Conservative MP and former leadership candidate Erin O’Toole has harsh words for a new pro-libertarian organization started by a former aide to Maxime Bernier, calling it a continuation of Mr. Bernier’s campaign for the Conservative Party leadership even after that race wrapped with a victory for Andrew Scheer in May. “All campaigns need to step […]

Liberal MPs call on PM to choose first indigenous governor general in name of ‘reconciliation’

Jul 12 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Indigenous Liberal MPs are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to nominate for appointment Canada’s first governor general of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit descent, which they say would honour the spirit of reconciliation with the country’s First Peoples. “I think if the next governor general was an indigenous person, it would be incredibly significant for […]

‘British Columbians do not want this,’ Trudeau faces tough task on $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan pipeline with incoming B.C. government

Jul 10 2017 — Derek Abma — The Trudeau government is facing a difficult scenario with a pipeline project in British Columbia it supports now that a provincial government is coming in that’s firmly opposed to it, experts say. What’s at stake is the $7.4-billion expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia. The project was approved by […]

Summertime no vacation for party leaders, MPs

Jul 5 2017 — Tim Powers — Summer is upon us and so is a new political season. It is one that matters a lot for different reasons to our biggest political parties. For the opposition Conservatives, the Andrew Scheer roadshow begins. The new leader will be trotted out in communities across the country to, first and foremost, build faith among supporters […]

Liberals expect to make department spending reviews permanent

Jul 5 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — The Trudeau government is planning to repeat a round of audits of federal departments and agencies promised in this year’s budget in future years as well, putting multiple government institutions in the crosshairs annually. Jean-Luc Ferland, press secretary to Treasury Board President Scott Brison (Kings-Hants, N.S.), said the three departments selected for review this year […]