National Newswatch

Brian Jean picks up more MLA endorsements in UCP leadership race

Aug 23 2017 — James Wood — Brian Jean has picked up three more MLA endorsements in the United Conservative Party leadership race. Southern Alberta MLAs Pat Stier, David Schneider and Wayne Anderson, all first elected under the Wildrose banner, are backing their former leader in the UCP contest. “I’m inspired by the outpouring of support our campaign has received so far,” […]

NDP leadership contender rejects endorsement from alleged Holocaust denier

Aug 22 2017 — — Federal NDP leadership contender Niki Ashton is rejecting an endorsement from a supporter who’s been accused of holding anti-Semitic views, including denying the atrocities of the Holocaust. Ashton says she “in no way” supports such views and does “not accept support from people who hold such views.” Ashton posed for a photo with Nazih Khatatba […]

North Korean threat could prompt Canada to reconsider stance on U.S. missile defence: Liberal MP

Aug 22 2017 — — A Liberal MP says Canada’s longstanding abstention from the controversial U.S.-led continental ballistic missile defence system could be up for debate in the face of renewed provocations from a nuclear North Korean state. House Defence Committee member Mark Gerretsen (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) said Canada’s participation in the North American collective defence scheme is […]

Conservatives prepare to ‘ramp up’ campaign against Morneau’s tax-reform plan

Aug 22 2017 — Brian Platt — As protests grow from business groups over the government’s proposed tax crackdown on private corporations, the Conservatives are getting ready to launch their own campaign against it. Lisa Raitt, the Conservative Party’s deputy leader under Andrew Scheer, says she’s been deep in discussions with doctors and small business owners over the government’s tax plan, and […]

Manitoba NDP says up to 1,425 delegates to choose new party leader

Aug 22 2017 — — Author, Indigenous activist and rookie politician Wab Kinew says he has the most delegates going into the final weeks of the race to lead Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats. The party has released figures that show up to 1,425 delegates will be able to vote at the party’s convention Sept. 16 — most were chosen recently […]

Personal, political divisions erupt over ballistic missile defence

Aug 22 2017 — — Personal and political divisions over ballistic missile defence were on clear display Tuesday, as a group of parliamentarians gathered on Parliament Hill to discuss the threat posed by North Korea. Members of the House of Commons’ defence committee agreed during a rare summer meeting to a series of emergency briefings in the coming weeks on […]

British Columbia ends 2016-17 fiscal year with $2.7 billion surplus

Aug 22 2017 — — The B.C. government ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of $2.7 billion, largely in line with an unaudited financial picture released about two months ago by the province’s former Liberal government. Finance Minister Carole James released the 2016-17 public accounts, which also show a $3.4-billion increase in revenue over what was forecast and […]