National Newswatch

RCMP allege federal procurement employee with no link to admiral leaked shipbuilding info

Jun 19 2017 — David Pugliese — The RCMP alleges that an employee in the federal government’s procurement department, one who has no links to the military’s now-suspended former second-in-command, leaked sensitive information about Canada’s troubled shipbuilding program. The individual works at Public Services and Procurement Canada, according to information gathered by the Ottawa Citizen. He has not been charged with any […]

Bureaucrats tried to scuttle naval supply ship plan, worrying it would make government look bad

Jun 10 2017 — David Pugliese — Defence department bureaucrats fought against a plan to purchase outright the commercial vessel now being converted as a naval supply ship because they worried it would make the government’s shipbuilding program look bad. While bureaucrats acknowledged buying the ship after a five-year lease would help the navy, they worried that would create a perception that […]

How Andrew Scheer won the Conservative leadership

May 28 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — You could see it on Andrew Scheer’s face. Around 7:45 p.m., before the final ballot of the leadership race, with his campaign manager trying to get him backstage, the Saskatchewan MP wore more of a smile than usual, seeming to know what was about to happen. A closer-than-expected battle had unfolded between Scheer and Maxime […]

Quebec NDP success requires more than speaking French

May 23 2017 — Tom Parkin — In a province with a strong social democratic impulse, which hosted the Orange Wave, Quebec offers big potential for the New Democrats and they know it. And to win more Quebec seats, the next NDP leader will need to inspire while navigating political currents such as secularism, say Valerie Dufour and Karl Belanger, two former […]

F-35 jets waiting in wings as Liberals’ ‘interim’ Super Hornet purchase in limbo

May 19 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The federal government’s suggestion it may trash plans to buy “interim” fighter jets from aerospace giant Boeing Co. may open up a window for F-35 producer Lockheed Martin Corp. to swoop into. Boeing convinced the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission this week to launch an investigation into much-subsidized Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. for “dumping” […]

Opposition calls on Bardish Chagger to follow Trudeau and recuse herself from ethics commissioner hiring

May 19 2017 — — Both the Conservatives and the NDP are calling on government House leader Bardish Chagger to recuse herself from the hiring of the next ethics commissioner, just days after Justin Trudeau bowed to opposition pressure and removed himself from the hiring process. Trudeau stepped back on Monday, citing the ongoing investigation by the ethics commissioner into […]

Tory campaigns allege ‘very high’ number of mail-in ballots submitted incorrectly and won’t be counted

May 16 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Less than two weeks before it elects a new leader, the Conservative Party has confirmed that some voters have submitted their mail-in ballots incorrectly, which could result in their votes not being counted. Frontrunner Maxime Bernier’s campaign claims that as many as one-fifth of ballots received by the party are at risk of being disqualified. […]

Clinton lost due to poor performance among African-American, Latino and Asian voters: Canadian embassy

May 6 2017 — Zane Schwartz — Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election partially due to her poor performance among African-American, Latino and Asian voters, according to a report prepared by Canada’s embassy in Washington. The Nov. 11 report, sent just three days after the 2016 U.S. election, offers a detailed look at how the embassy was explaining Donald Trump’s surprise victory […]

Canadian ministers dine with senior Chinese officials as trade conflict looms with U.S.

Apr 27 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — While a potential conflict looms with the U.S. over trade, the Canada’s Liberal government is continuing to cozy up to China. Canadian ministers had high-level discussions and a private dinner this week with powerful Chinese officials, including the vice-premier who was seated next to President Xi Jinping at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort at the beginning […]

The new independent Senate isn’t all that improved

Apr 24 2017 — Tom Parkin — In 150 years, the Canadian Senate hasn’t done us any good. It’s mostly been a useless sort of place – only really effective as a comfy nest for political insiders, donors and heirs to great fortunes. But, on the other hand, the Senate’s done little real harm. Sure, it has the power to propose and […]