National Newswatch
Dec 11 2019 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing Opposition criticism over the new NAFTA deal, is getting help from two important and unlikely sources: the head of Canada’s aluminum sector and a former Conservative cabinet minister. Trudeau defended the newly modified NAFTA agreement Wednesday as a winner for Canadian aluminum producers even without special guarantees that the North […]

Dec 11 2019 — Rachel Aiello

In an about-face on one of the Liberals’ parliamentary reforms in the last session, the government has moved to reinstate parliamentary secretaries’ ability to be voting members on House of Commons committees. Quietly during routine proceedings on Thursday, Kevin Lamoureux, the parliamentary secretary to the government House leader got unanimous consent to “suspend” sections of […]

Alberta’s energy ‘war room’ launches in Calgary

Dec 11 2019 —

Premier Jason Kenney’s $30 million “war room” officially launches in Calgary today — an effort to combat what his United Conservative Party government calls misinformation about Alberta’s energy industry. The operation, officially titled the Canadian Energy Centre, will be headed by former UCP candidate Tom Olsen, who lost to the NDP’s Joe Ceci in the […]

Pierre Poilievre Accuses Trudeau Of ‘Self-Praise’ After Canada’s Spike In Job Losses

Dec 11 2019 — Ryan Maloney

The Conservatives’ finance critic raised eyebrows Wednesday for the way he criticized an excess of “self-praise” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the face of job losses. Pierre Poilievre rose during question period to press Trudeau on sobering figures released by Statistics Canada last week. The data shows Canada’s economy shed 71,000 jobs in November, […]

Dec 11 2019 — Jorge Barrera

The House of Commons passed a non-binding NDP motion Wednesday calling on the federal government to pay compensation to children and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system, as ordered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in September. The federal government is seeking a judicial review before the Federal Court aimed at quashing the […]

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Lost vote over special committee on China an embarrassment for Liberals

Dec 11 2019 — John Ivison

“Bardish never lost a vote,” whooped one uncharitable Conservative, as the opposition parties defeated the government in the first vote held in the 43rd Canadian parliament on Tuesday evening. It’s true that former Government House leader, Bardish Chagger, did not lose any votes in the House but she had the benefit of managing the Liberals’ […]

When Kenney speaks, Trudeau would be well-advised to listen

Dec 11 2019 — John Ivison

Jason Kenney is a deft exponent of funambulism – the fine art of political tightrope walking. The Alberta premier’s high wire act requires him to be suitably outraged at Ottawa’s anti-energy policies but not so aggrieved that he incites what he calls “the fear and anger roiling the Prairies”. Kenney met with Justin Trudeau on […]

Kenney upbeat emerging from Trudeau gabfest

Dec 11 2019 —

No zingers for the Dinger this day. We’ve come a long way from that moment in this column when Jason Kenney said Trudeau was an empty trust-fund millionaire with the political depth of a finger bowl who couldn’t read a briefing note longer than a cocktail napkin. Lots of cheers from the Alberta heartland for […]

The problem with comparing the 1972 and 2019 elections

Dec 11 2019 — Graham Scott

Justin Trudeau cannot in this new session of Parliament rely on having the outcomes his father did in 1972. True, both he and Pierre Trudeau experienced the embarrassment of moving from a resounding popular victory in their first election cycle to near defeat in the second, after both had been considered the principle reason for […]

How the ‘New NAFTA’ Will Affect Canadians

Dec 10 2019 — Scott Sinclair

After months of talks, House Democrats and the Trump administration have agreed on revisions to the Canada–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) that will likely clear the way for U.S. congressional approval. Although Canada was sidelined in these discussions, the Democrats won some significant improvements to the “New NAFTA” that will benefit Canadians. The biggest change is the […]

Dec 11 2019 — Jason Kenney

Thank-you to the Canadian Club for the chance to bring an urgent message to Ottawa on behalf of Albertans: There cannot be a strong Canada without a strong Alberta. Alberta has been the great engine of prosperity, social mobility, and shared wealth in modern Canada. But our ability to play that role is at risk. […]

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Dec 10 2019 — Glen Pearson

The captured scene of Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson quietly conferring on the actions of Donald Trump created its own sensation, but in many ways served as a microcosm of current global tensions.  It was an unfortunately timed incident that nevertheless exposed inevitable realities. The nature of power in a world of nation […]

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Dec 10 2019 — Paul Wells

For a glimpse into how regional conflict might dominate our politics in 2020, watch the body language—and the response from Justin Trudeau’s office—when a provincial premier comes to Ottawa these days. Three weeks after the October federal election, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe was in Ottawa for his first face-to-face post-election meeting with Prime Minister Justin […]

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Dec 9 2019 — Heather Scoffield

Mon., Dec. 9, 2019timer4 min. read As Jason Kenney and a third of his cabinet attempt to smother Ottawa this week with charm and argument, it’s not just because environmentalists and Justin Trudeau have been breathing down his neck about emissions in the oilsands. That’s just nagging. The real driving force behind Kenney’s push is […]

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