National Newswatch

Video of Quebec history float goes viral amid allegations of racism

Jun 25 2017 — — A float in Montreal’s Fête nationale parade Saturday quickly prompted widespread rebuke online with some attendees calling it racist. The float went along St. Denis Street carrying singer Annie Villeneuve and a pianist, along with a billboard that said “Once upon a time…” in French. It was pushed by four black teens wearing tan-coloured clothes […]

Trudeau celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste day in Montreal with his family

Jun 24 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the many people attending Fete Nationale celebrations in Quebec. Trudeau was mobbed by crowds on Saturday as he visited a St-Jean-Baptiste street party in his Montreal riding with his wife and three children. The prime minister posed for selfies, stopped for lemonade and beer, and chatted with numerous constituents […]

The end of the Mansbridge Era

Jun 24 2017 — Simon Houpt — It says something about the place in the Canadian imagination occupied by Peter Mansbridge that everyday Canadians know his dual origin stories: How he got his start in broadcasting and the drama behind him landing the big chair at The National.

The most popular political Facebook group in Ontario targets Kathleen Wynne

Jun 24 2017 — Mike Crawley — A new political force in Ontario is exploding on social media, with defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in the 2018 election as its key goal. It’s called Ontario Proud, and its Facebook page has amassed nearly 145,000 followers — more than the provincial Liberals, PCs and NDP combined. Created little more than a year […]

Mnuchin to Wed Fiancee With Trudeau’s Finance Chief Among Guests

Jun 24 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Through summits, bilateral meetings and a Broadway show, Canada has fanned out across the U.S. in a push to strengthen ties with President Donald Trump’s administration. Add a wedding to the list. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and fiancee Louise Linton are due to be married Saturday in Washington, and Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and […]

Tight Canada 150 security will mean long lineups in Ottawa

Jun 24 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — Bring water, sunscreen and a healthy dose of patience if you plan to party on Parliament Hill over the Canada Day long weekend. Police in charge of security for the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa are warning visitors to leave their cars at home, carefully pack their bags and arrive two or three hours early. […]

RCMP’s structure could change under new commissioner, says Ralph Goodale

Jun 24 2017 — — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the looming retirement of RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is as good a time as any to consider rejigging the governance of the force, including the outstanding recommendation to set up a civilian oversight body. “The change in command is an opportunity to examine all dimensions of governance and structure. […]

B.C. NDP to introduce throne speech confidence motion Monday, vote Thursday

Jun 23 2017 — — British Columbia’s New Democrats say they will introduce an amended motion Monday that aims to defeat Premier Christy Clark’s minority Liberal government. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth says the Opposition will introduce a confidence motion as an amendment to the debate on Thursday’s throne speech. He says the motion will ask for an immediate vote […]

Military to encourage all members to wear uniforms at Pride events

Jun 23 2017 — — The Canadian military is set to issue a policy — likely by next week — encouraging all members to wear their uniforms at Pride events, iPolitics has learned. The move will come on the heels of a similar directive issued by the Royal Canadian Navy on Tuesday and is set to reverse the policy that […]

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Jun 23 2017 — — NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of Canada’s mission against ISIL, and that his […]

Hunt for special adviser on counter-radicalization bogging down

Jun 23 2017 — Amanda Connolly — Six months after Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that the hunt for someone to fill the newly-created position of special adviser on counter-radicalization was down to its final two candidates, the search appears to have stalled — even though the government apparently expected the selection process to be done months ago.