National Newswatch

Liberals to face vote on public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 19 2019 — Tonda MacCharles

Justin Trudeau faced stunned cabinet ministers and a blistering NDP call for a public inquiry Tuesday, a day after his principal secretary Gerald Butts resigned while vowing to fight allegations of political interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in a criminal case. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who along with Butts and Trudeau’s chief of […]

Feb 19 2019 —

New Brunswick MP T.J. Harvey has announced he will not run for re-election in the next federal election after one term in office. Harvey was elected to represent the riding of Tobique-Mactaquac in 2015. In a statement, the Liberal MP says his decision was about his “desire to return to work in the private sector.”

Feb 19 2019 — Amanda Connolly

The Liberals are set to continue facing a hammering from the opposition over unanswered questions in the SNC-Lavalin affair. Both a meeting of the House of Commons justice committee to discuss potential witnesses for a probe of the matter, as well as an NDP motion calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege, […]

Opposition pushes for inquiry in SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 19 2019 —

Opposition parties are demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau call a public inquiry and waive solicitor-client privilege to get to the bottom of allegations that his office pressured the former attorney general not to prosecute a Canadian corporation. MPs returned to the House of Commons Tuesday morning after a break week that saw the resignation of […]

Pro-pipeline protest convoy reaches Ottawa after rolling across country

Feb 19 2019 —

A convoy of angry Albertans and other westerners rolled up to Parliament Hill today to protest federal energy and environmental policies. Scores of people gathered in knee-deep snow on the Hill lawn in advance of morning speeches amid concerns the convoy has become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant elements. The United We Roll convoy began […]

Feb 19 2019 —

A house fire in the Halifax community of Spryfield has left seven children dead, police say. CBC News has confirmed a family with seven children who came to Canada as Syrian refugees lived in the home. Danielle Burt lives next door on on Quartz Drive and said she heard a loud noise in the middle […]

Read More
Feb 19 2019 —

At least one conservative party premier in Canada is willing to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his controversial new carbon tax. While conservative leaders in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have pledged to fight the levy, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he’s open to renegotiating the rate of the carbon tax with Trudeau’s Liberal […]

Read More

Featured Ink

The hole that Gerry Butts leaves behind

Feb 18 2019 — Stephen Maher

The second act of l’affaire SNC-Lavalin could be devastating for Trudeau, and it’s not clear he’ll be better off without his trusted advisor. Last week, I wrote here that Justin Trudeau needed a fall guy to take the blame in l’affaire SNC-Lavalin. Today, we learned who that fall guy is: principal secretary Gerald Butts, a […]

Gerald Butts: If thy right hand offend thee, pluck it out

Feb 18 2019 — Paul Wells

At any other time it’d be interesting to entertain a few notions of comparative PMO staffing. Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper shook up their senior staff regularly: Mulroney’s principal secretaries included Peter White, Tom Trbovich, Michel Roy and Hugh Segal; Harper made more frequent changes to his chiefs of staff but when Ray Novak moved […]

The silence/shame double bind for women in power

Feb 19 2019 — Linda Trimble

The saga unfolding around former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been characterized as many things – evidence of the old guard that still pulls the levers in Ottawa, of the over-centralization of power in the PMO, and of hypocrisy in the Liberal government’s promises of reconciliation and feminist government. But it is also fundamentally […]

Why did Justin Trudeau cut off his right hand?

Feb 18 2019 — Globe and Mail

On Monday afternoon, another senior figure abruptly exited the Trudeau government. But, as with the departure last week of former justice minister and attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould, principal secretary Gerald Butts’s resignation is a move that is generating far more heat than light.

Gerald Butts is trying to be a martyr. Voters are smarter than that

Feb 18 2019 — Lori Turnbull

In the latest development in the story involving the Prime Minister’s Office, Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin, Gerald Butts has resigned. This is big news but not totally unexpected, given the magnitude of the political crisis. Someone had to go. In his departing statement via Twitter, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister denied that he […]

Butts is out, which only fuels further speculation

Feb 18 2019 — Lorne Gunter

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, has resigned. But, he says, it’s not because he’s done anything wrong in the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould affair. Uh, huh. Powerful people with nothing to hide resign all the time. In his resignation letter, posted online on Sunday, Butts insisted allegations he improperly pressured former Attorney General Jody […]

Feb 18 2019 — Dan Leger

As federal scandals go, the rampaging furor over who said what to influence a decision by former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould feels familiar. The facts are only vaguely understood, subject to partisan and geographical interpretation and the whole thing is drenched in hypocrisy. It seems likely that some sort of pressure was indeed applied to […]

Read More
Feb 17 2019 — Jim Warren

It’s 2019. It’s a federal election year. If you want to understand what is going on in Ottawa recently, you have to recognize that all of the major political parties are pandering to Quebec, home of 78 federal ridings, the second most number of seats of any province. And unlike most of the seats across […]

Read More
Feb 17 2019 — Andre Marin

It’s official, the federal Liberals have turned us into a banana republic where unelected goons in the Prime Minister’s Office and the prime minister himself have erased the separation of power between the executive and the judiciary. How else to explain political incursions in both the high-profile prosecution of former Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and the […]

Read More
Feb 17 2019 — Robin V. Sears

Politicians of all stripes love whistleblowers — until they are in power. Then the offending civil servant, public employee, or angry citizen becomes a “disloyal, illegal leaker!” Of all the many hypocritical hobby horses in political life there are few that can match this dichotomy. The Ford government was badly bruised this month when their […]

Read More
Feb 15 2019 — Andrew Coyne

Consider solicitor-client privilege officially waived. The prime minister has spent the last several days disclosing, line by tendentious line, the contents of his discussions with the former attorney general in September of last year. First we were informed that he “never directed” Jody Wilson-Raybould to put a stop to the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Next, […]

Read More

Entertainment Plus

Netflix announces creation of production hub in Toronto

Feb 19 2019 —

Netflix is setting up a dedicated production hub in Toronto, which film and TV creators hope will provide new opportunities for local talent. The California-based streaming giant announced Tuesday it is expanding its presence in Canada by leasing two studio spaces along the downtown industrial waterfront area. At Cinespace Studios, Netflix is leasing four new […]


Climate Corner

Think Tanks