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 […]

Morneau draws criticism from business, concerns from premier in Nova Scotia

Sep 22 2017 — — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Halifax today for his “listening tour” over Ottawa’s controversial tax proposals, drawing criticism from some small business owners and concerns from Nova Scotia’s Liberal premier. Morneau met with local small business owners at a library in downtown Halifax, where other small business owners met by a locked door wondered […]

Provinces challenge Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals

Sep 22 2017 — — Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada. On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes — Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives — spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and […]

PQ pulls itself up in latest poll, leads among francophone voters

Sep 22 2017 — — The struggling Parti Québécois has managed to dig its way out of a hole and has caught up to the Coalition Avenir Québec in voter opinion — even surpassing the CAQ in the critical francophone vote category, a new poll shows. It could be a temporary bounce following its recent policy convention, but the PQ […]

Ottawa plans pitch to keep anti-doping agency in Montreal

Sep 22 2017 — Laura Stone — The Liberal government is dispatching Transport Minister Marc Garneau to Paris this weekend in a bid to keep the World Anti-Doping Agency headquartered in Montreal, as some members of the agency’s executive committee are considering moving it to Europe. The decision by the Prime Minister’s Office to send Mr. Garneau, a senior Montreal cabinet minister, […]

Trump commerce secretary says new study proves need for NAFTA changes

Sep 22 2017 — — With the next round of NAFTA negotiations set to begin in Ottawa, U.S. President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary says a new study proves the need for tougher rules on auto-parts imports in the continental trade agreement. Wilbur Ross, says a study from his department to be released Friday shows American content dropped six per cent […]

Canadians anxiously await U.S. NAFTA proposal on auto content rules

Sep 22 2017 — — The Canadian automotive industry is anxiously waiting to see if the next round of NAFTA negotiations will provide some clarity on American demands that vehicles must have “substantial” U.S. content to qualify for duty-free movement within North America. Rules of origin — one of the most complicated and contentious issues on the table, particularly when […]

Liberal definition of middle class Canadians ‘not useful,’ says economist

Sep 22 2017 — — The Liberals speak constantly of strengthening the Canadian middle class, but any precise definition of that amorphous category of people getting all the attention has always been ambiguous at best. Until now — depending on how one defines the word “precision.” Earlier this week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau rose in the House of Commons to […]

Liberals paid headhunters $77K to help with botched appointment of a new languages czar

Sep 22 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — As part of the much-scrutinized process that led to Madeleine Meilleur being nominated as Canada’s official languages commissioner this spring, the federal government spent almost $77,000 on a headhunting firm, part of more than $2 million spent on “executive search” services this year alone. Much-delayed ethics, lobbying and information commissioner positions are also being supported […]

U.S. slow to present specifics on key NAFTA demands

Sep 22 2017 — Katie Simpson — The United States has made a big fuss over using NAFTA talks to demand better labour standards in Mexico, but after two rounds of discussions, U.S. negotiators have still not presented any specifics about what they would like to see changed. A source close to negotiations says this is just one example of how the […]

Canada sending bomb disposal experts to Iraq to train security forces

Sep 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday. An advance team has already been sent to observe the kind of instruction being given under a NATO program that was announced at […]