National Newswatch
Dec 16 2018 —

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk. During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it […]

Dec 16 2018 — Althia Raj

Frustrated air travellers who’ve been bumped from their flight or stuck on the tarmac for hours because of mechanical failures will soon see their right to compensation enshrined in law, HuffPost Canada has learned. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is scheduled to unveil on Monday the details of the government’s long-promised passenger bill of rights. The […]

Dec 16 2018 —

A rally in support of Alberta’s oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides. “We aren’t just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,” Bernard Hancock, known […]

Malcolmson makes it official as NDP candidate in Nanaimo byelection

Dec 16 2018 —

The New Democrats in British Columbia have acclaimed member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson as their candidate in an upcoming provincial byelection, kicking off her campaign in Nanaimo on Sunday. Malcolmson says her priorities will include making housing more affordable, protecting the coast from oil spills and pollution from abandoned vessels, and helping to bring a […]

Dec 16 2018 —

Canadian diplomats have been granted consular access to Michael Spavor, one of two Canadians arrested in China earlier this week. In a statement, Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor today. The department says Canadian officials will assist Spavor and his family on an ongoing basis, but provided no other […]

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Dec 16 2018 —

The Ontario government is slashing millions of dollars in funding for programs that are aimed at providing students with extra skills and support, leaving school boards to figure out how students will be affected. A spokeswoman for Education Minister Lisa Thompson said $25 million was slashed from the budget after the government reviewed the “Education […]

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Dec 15 2018 —

A fist fight broke out during an anti-immigration protest in downtown Edmonton Saturday afternoon, before police moved in to separate protesters and counter-demonstrators. There were only a few police officers present at Churchill Square when the altercation started, but more arrived after the first punch landed. About 20 officers formed a line to separate the […]

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Scheer’s stance on migration pact a nod to Bernier supporters

Dec 16 2018 — Jeremy Appel

Conservative Party of Canada Lleader Andrew Scheer appears to be making a hard right pivot in the leadup to the 2019 election. Scheer is practically shrieking about globalists with his fact-free attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for signing the non-binding UN Pact on Global Migration. He claims that signing the agreement will limit Canada’s […]

Political cheers and jeers for 2018

Dec 16 2018 — Penny Collenette, Robin Sears and Jaime Watt

Two unprecedented elections in Ontario and Toronto made for a memorable political year locally. There were also major federal and international events that captivated the public’s attention. Our Politics Page columnists have singled out politicians deserving of praise for their abilities to succeed in these turbulent times and others who did not. We also look […]

The three big political stars of 2018

Dec 16 2018 — Jim Warren

This year was a noteworthy one in politics both local and internationally. American President Donald Trump continues to dominate the political agenda. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to finalize a renegotiation of NAFTA despite the critics and naysayers. Elections in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick saw a sea of change. There were winners and losers. […]

UN’s climate circus lumbers on

Dec 16 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein

The United Nations’ annual climate conferences, like the latest in Katowice, Poland — attended by thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats, scientists, special interest groups and media — are a circus and a fraud. From the first climate summit in Rio in 1992, followed by 24 annual UN “Conferences of the Parties” (COPs) to date, beginning […]

Canada’s political upheaval is not done yet

Dec 14 2018 — Chantal Hébert

2018 was a bad year for provincial incumbents in Canada. In Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, voters fired their premiers after single terms in office. Year-end polls suggest the same fate could await the premiers of Alberta and P.E.I. in 2019. In just the past six years, Quebec has disposed of three premiers. None of […]

National debate on carbon tax makes allies of Horgan, Trudeau

Dec 15 2018 — Keith Baldrey

The thorny issue of taxing carbon has split this country’s political leaders and has further pushed B.C. Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into each other’s arms. Just days after his government released its ambitious and far-reaching plan to tackle climate change and wean much of B.C. off fossil fuels, Horgan found himself […]

Don Martin’s story of the year: The plight of Alberta

Dec 13 2018 — Don Martin

The imminent rollout of Canadian news stories of the year will be predictable. The puff that was pot legalization; the dairy industry tweak that was the new NAFTA deal; the carbon tax resistance by premiers and perhaps the escalating Chinese retaliation for the Huawei CFO arrest. All important. All nation-defining. All second rate considerations to […]

Why Trudeau is such a lightning rod in Alberta politics

Dec 14 2018 — Graham Thomson

OK, let’s just make it official and put Justin Trudeau’s name on the ballot for Alberta’s 2019 provincial election. I mean, Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney seem to be campaigning as much against Trudeau as they are against each other. The latest swipe at Trudeau came Wednesday night in the […]

Dec 13 2018 — John Ivison

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, […]

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Dec 12 2018 — Susan Delacourt

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.

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Dec 13 2018 — Lorrie Goldstein

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 […]

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Dec 13 2018 — Michael Coren

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 […]

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