Finance Minister Bill Morneau was repeatedly interrupted by Indigenous rights and energy project protesters during a discussion hosted by Canada 2020, a think-tank with ties to the Liberal Party. The discussion was on the $40 billion LNG Canada natural gas pipeline that is going ahead in northern British Columbia, and in the opening seconds before […]
In the wake of Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a high-profile Chinese business executive wanted by the U.S, China’s foreign ministry says it has detained two Canadians “on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm China’s state security.” Both men were arrested two days after China threatened Canada with “grave consequences” if Meng — the […]
Andrew Scheer accuses Justin Trudeau of ‘policy of appeasement’ on China amid escalating arrest feud
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says years of “appeasement” by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to China means Canada lacks enough leverage to prevent Canadian citizens from being detained in an escalating case of political retribution over the arrest of a senior Chinese business leader.
The detainment of Canadians in China is retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, White House trade policy adviser Peter Navarro said Thursday, while appearing on Fox News. When asked by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo whether the incidents were related, Navarro replied: “Of course, it is. That’s the Chinese playbook.”Read More
Canada can expect retaliation “far worse” than the detainment of a former diplomat if Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou isn’t released, the editor of a state-friendly Chinese newspaper said in a video posted Wednesday. “Meng Wanzhou was released on bail, but Canada must do more to restore her freedom and put an end to this incident,” […]Read More
Alberta government brings up pipeline issue with projection prank at Liberals’ Christmas party in Ottawa
On Wednesday night, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took credit for a stunt pulled outside the Liberals’ Christmas party in Ottawa, suggesting the prank raised the pipeline issue with the federal government yet again. Notley tweeted a 10-second video in which the person capturing the images pans across a parking lot before focusing on a wall […]Read More
Canada is woefully unprepared for a shift away from fossil fuels. Pedro pereira almao is performing industrial magic in his lab at the University of Calgary. Lines from a row of tanks feed two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, into a chamber the size and shape of a wasp’s nest. Less than a minute […]Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a bid by a severely ill woman and a civil liberties group to speed up their lawsuit that argues the right to assisted dying is unfairly limited by federal government law. Julia Lamb and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are spearheading a challenge of the law that allows […]Read More
Countries seeking extraditions from Canada must make sure their requests are solely about seeing that justice is done – not about political interference. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon most citizens would agree Canada needs to take seriously requests for extradition from close allies like the United […]Read More
The timing was admittedly not the best. Shortly after the premier of Quebec, Francois Legault, declared his opposition to reviving the mothballed Energy East pipeline, which would have transported western Canadian oil through Quebec to refineries in New Brunswick — there was no “social acceptability” for such “dirty energy” in Quebec, Legault sniffed — the […]
Andrew Scheer’s schadenfreude is showing. You don’t need to speak German to understand the malicious pleasure the official Opposition leader is taking from the misfortunes suffered by the Trudeau government. The problem is the government’s fiscal problems could boomerang back on him, as he gears up for next year’s election. In question period on Wednesday, […]
The end of the last full parliamentary year before a general election finds the NDP in dire straits, the Conservatives in dubious company and the Liberals in worse shape than many of them would like to believe. It will make for an eventful campaign year.
Massive home renovations can test even the best of relationships. So it could be a bit of a democratic-relationship experiment to see who and what gets tested when a very long renovation gets under way soon in the home that belongs to all Canadians — Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.
MPs were told that parliamentarians and the public will finally be consulted on the Centre Block rehabilitation. The details of the process are still hazy. There are lot of 11th-hour trips up the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill this month, a lot of group photos being taken in the halls and one-last-meals among colleagues in […]
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have finally outlined in recent media interviews what Canada’s carbon pricing/tax policy will look like if the Liberals win next year’s election. McKenna told The Canadian Press last week that by the end of 2020, a re-elected Trudeau government will introduce tougher industrial greenhouse gas emission […]
Sound familiar? Just ask our American friends, who have been wrestling with the spectre of obstruction of justice ever since Donald Trump won the presidency — and trampled on the FBI by firing its director, James Comey. Now, Ontarians are facing their own moment of truth as the layers of deception are peeled back from […]
Last week, a two-decade old recording of Jason Kenney, Alberta’s United Conservative Party leader and one of the most prominent figures in Canadian conservatism, came to light. It contained some deeply disturbing comments. The tape reveals Kenney boasting of his helping to organize a petition demanding a referendum to repeal an ordinance that gave hospital […]
I doubt Andrew Scheer is old enough to have much first-hand memory of George H.W. Bush, whose death produced a surprising outpouring of U.S. national emotion. Scheer was born in 1979. By my calculation that takes him half-way through his second year on the planet when Ronald Reagan, with Bush as his running mate, clobbered […]
The Liberals should not set a target date for a balanced budget, but they should take action in the 2019 budget to eliminate “unannounced” spending, included in the 2018 Budget and 2018 Update, in order to reduce the deficit in future years. In the weeks leading up to the Fall Update, the Conservative opposition has […]
After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface. On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada. And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s. “I […]Read More
Could the federal government really cancel the multibillion-dollar contract to supply Saudi Arabia with armoured vehicles? After all, it is the eve of an election year, and southwestern Ontario — where the light armoured vehicles are made, in London — will be a key electoral battleground. The Liberals hold two of five seats in the […]Read More
Canadian women should be outraged. This week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health released its latest guidelines for screening for breast cancer for women at average risk. They advise against mammography for women aged 40-49, against women doing breast self-examination, and against doctors doing breast exams. They recommend women age 50-74 have mammograms every […]Read More
Most of us would have taken the money and run. But not Omar Khadr. He’s back and asking for more. Last summer, when word got out that the government quietly gave the convicted killer $10.5 million, was the last time we had the Khadr debate. Now that Khadr is headed to an Edmonton courthouse on […]Read More
It took several days for news of the Dec. 1 arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver to leak out. Judging by the reaction out of China, that was probably just as well. The arrest, vice foreign minister Le Yucheng fumed, was “in disregard of the law, unreasonable, merciless and very evil.” […]Read More
Looking back now, Doug Ford’s campaign promise to conduct an independent audit of Ontario’s finances — essentially duplicating the work of the already independent provincial auditor general — was a harbinger of how this government would go about finding its “efficiencies.” The new PC government would hire former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to lead its […]Read More
From the NAFTA front lines to Rideau Hall and the campaign trails of Ontario and Quebec, women were very much on the political centre stage in 2018. Here is a look at some hits but also some striking misses.Read More
Tomorrow, Canada will sign the United Nations Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, and so it should. For Canada, at least, this is a no-brainer. At least, it seemed to be, until Andrew Sheer shot up a flare in Question Period last week. Now everyone has a view. Sheer claims that the Trudeau government […]Read More
We hear enough from politicians these days so it’s with trepidation I step aside for a few paragraphs to provide a platform for our prime minister to regale us with his worldview. You see, while hardly Churchillian in tone or content, his expressed view is vital in gaining true insight. Therefore it needs reading and […]Read More
Bears might be prowling the stock indexes, but shares in hate are enjoying a bull market like we haven’t seen in generations. Western democracies, once justly proud of their openness and tolerance, are seeing the intolerant minority growing bolder and more violent. In Canada, federal statistics captured almost 2,100 hate crimes reported to police in […]Read More
With 2018 in the rearview mirror, Netflix Canada begins to plot its course for 2019 with the release of new titles landing on the streaming service in January.