National Newswatch

Most Canadians disapprove of Khadr deal, 44 per cent say it will influence their vote in 2019: poll

Sep 22 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — A clear majority of Canadians disapproved of the Liberal government awarding $10.5-million and apologizing to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr earlier this summer in a settlement over his imprisonment at the infamous U.S. military prison, with many saying the decision will affect their vote in the next federal election, a new public opinion poll […]

Why Canada has two trade ministers: trade in the age of Trump

Sep 20 2017 — — It’s “highly unusual” to have a trade minister tasked to manage all files except the relationship with Canada’s largest trading partner, but observers say the tactic is fitting given the major NAFTA talks, general trade shakeup under U.S. President Donald Trump, and an outgoing star minister best suited for the job. The North American Free […]

Liberals maintain double-digit lead despite Khadr payout, proposed tax reforms: poll

Sep 18 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — The governing Liberals opened the fall session of Parliament with a healthy 12-point lead over the Conservatives, maintaining robust advantages in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec, while flirting with supermajority numbers in Atlantic Canada, a new public opinion poll suggests. The latest survey from Campaign Research, conducted between Sept. 8-11 and released first to The Hill […]

Election 2019 campaign unofficially underway, expect ‘sharpened eyes’ on Liberals this fall, say opposition MPs

Sep 18 2017 — Abbas Rana — The mid-point of the Liberal government’s four-year mandate arrives this fall, and the 2019 election campaign is already unofficially underway. With their new leaders, the Conservatives and the NDP are promising a heightened level of government scrutiny in the fall sitting of Parliament starting this week. “The day of spin and celebrity shots, selfies of […]

It’s show time: fall sitting critical for Trudeau to start delivering results, say political players

Sep 18 2017 — Derek Abma — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will have to try to achieve all their top agenda items between now and the next federal budget, after which the unofficial pre-electoral activities will start and everything the government does will be seen through the prism of political opportunism, say Liberal insiders. “Starting next February, they’re going […]

Ex-NDP MP Peter Stoffer diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sep 15 2017 — Abbas Rana — A popular former Nova Scotia NDP MP, who worked tirelessly during his 18-year parliamentary career to promote the causes of Canadian veterans, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Peter Stoffer, who represented Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, N.S., (a riding that has held various names), between 1997 and 2015, told The Hill Times on Sept. 15 that he was […]

Huge Health Canada branch could be moved to new ministry, unions blindsided

Sep 13 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — Unions representing most of the employees in Health Canada’s Indigenous services branch have lambasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for announcing that the branch would be moved under the jurisdiction of a new minister and likely a new department without consulting them ahead of time. The branch makes up nearly three-quarters of Health Canada’s total […]

INAC split a ‘game-changer,’ Bellegarde calls for an independent national treaty commissioner

Sep 11 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — The splitting up of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is being called a “game-changer” for Indigenous relations in Canada, but former deputy minister Scott Serson says the government should first issue a royal proclamation to define its new relationship with Indigenous peoples. “They’re saying this is a reflection of an RCAP [Royal Commission on Aboriginal […]

Alberta Liberals to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Kang

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — The Alberta Liberal Party is planning on conducting interviews with current and former Liberal staffers following allegations of sexual harassment from former Alberta Liberal staffer Kirstin Morrell against former two-term Alberta MLA and now MP Darshan Kang to find out if there are any more complaints. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said in a statement […]

Liberals want input from MPs on nomination challenges, Mendès says most want ‘outright protection’

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — Liberal MPs say the party brass is seeking input from them on nomination rules for held ridings for the 2019 election, and have asked them to provide concrete proposals by scheduling in-person or teleconference meetings with top Grit officials. At last week’s two-day Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C., top party officials, including president Anna […]

Quebec’s lobbyist registry best in Canada, though all struggle in key transparency metrics: study

Sep 7 2017 — Marco Vigliotti — Most public lobbying registries in Canada are lacking pivotal disclosure requirements, leaving Canadians in the dark about the scope and cost of lobbying campaigns targeting government officials, suggests a new report. In an assessment released on Tuesday, the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a non-profit aiming to help institutional investors improve corporate governance, […]

Inside the Indigenous Affairs split: ‘nobody is losing their job’ during transition, feds say

Sep 6 2017 — Peter Mazereeuw — It will likely be a year before the government makes good on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in two, and “nobody is losing their job” while the details are worked out, says a spokesperson for the department’s two ministers. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett (Toronto-St. Paul’s, Ont.) […]