National Newswatch
Mar 8 2021 —

A fundraising drive in a tight-knit community about 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto. California philanthropists promoted by the Clinton Foundation. Hundreds of school-age children hiking up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver. Each group donated tens of thousands of dollars in 2013 to WE Charity, then known as Free the Children, for what turned out to […]

Mar 8 2021 — Mike Lapointe

More than 520 current and former Black federal public servants are now part of a $900-million class-action lawsuit that is alleging decades-long government discrimination, lack of advancement opportunities, and harassment. Three months ago, there were 12 representative plaintiffs. After three months of waiting to hear from Ottawa, the suit’s leading lawyer says the government has […]

Senior naval officer was threatened after reporting McDonald allegation: sources

Mar 7 2021 —

A senior naval officer alerted the defence minister’s office to an allegation of sexual misconduct against Adm. Art McDonald in February but was redirected and told to report the concern elsewhere, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. And sources tell Global News the officer has received anonymous telephone threats warning that […]

Alberta seeks billions in federal funding for carbon capture projects

Mar 8 2021 —

Alberta is asking Ottawa to commit to $30-billion in spending or tax incentives over the next decade to spur the building of large-scale industrial carbon capture projects. The provincial government says for Canada to meet climate goals, the country will have to help fund a series of carbon capture, utilization and storage, or CCUS, facilities […]

Mar 7 2021 —

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Liberal government’s handling of allegations against former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance has eroded Canadians’ trust, calling for further measures to ensure victims of sexual misconduct can safely come forward. Speaking with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson on Sunday, Singh said he has “serious concerns” about how […]

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The Forgotten War

Mar 8 2021 — Glen Pearson

It’s amazing how nations can put wars away neatly in the curio cabinet.  That’s not always true, of course, especially if the victory won is convincing enough that it provides a sense of resolve and memory in a culture.  The effects of World War Two, and the firm manner in which peace was secured, infused […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Diefenbaker Leads the Charge to Expel South Africa From the Commonwealth

Mar 8 2021 — Arthur Milnes

Today is an important anniversary for all politicos, regardless of party preference, to celebrate. It was, of course, on this date in 1961 that the famous Commonwealth Conference that would see South Africa leave the organization because of that nation’s odious system of Apartheid, got underway in London. The background is that South Africa had […]

Planning ‘The Most Significant (Budget) Of Our Lifetime’

Mar 7 2021 — C. Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

In Mid-January, the Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, announced new budget consultations with Canadians to assist her in preparing her spring budget. According to Minister Freeland, the 2021 budget “will be among the most significant of our lifetime.” We have no idea what a “significant” budget means and we doubt that the Finance Minister does as […]

What the Liberals got right — and wrong — in long overdue reforms to assisted dying

Mar 7 2021 — Jaime Watt

It has been a long, winding and unnecessarily tortuous journey, but finally, the federal government is about to recognize all Canadians’ right to a peaceful death. Back in 2016, when the Trudeau government first introduced legislation that legalized medical assistance in dying (MAID), the government described it as “the responsible first step.” It would have […]

Mar 7 2021 — Lorrie Goldstein

So much for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers following the science and the best medical advice as they claim they’ve been doing since the start of the pandemic. Now, because of our dire vaccine shortage for COVID-19 and its variants, Canada is launching a nationwide experiment no other country has attempted, using us […]

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Mar 7 2021 — K.W. Grafton

Bill C-14 “An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures” was introduced into parliament on December 2, 2020 by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to the Liberal government’s “Fall Economic Statement 2020”. The bill is in second reading, with the most recent […]

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Mar 6 2021 — John Ibbitson

Anyone involved in Canadian politics knows that being leader of the Official Opposition is hard, and that growing the fractious Conservative coalition is even harder. That doesn’t change the fact that Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole needs to do a better job. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are vulnerable. Canada’s performance in acquiring vaccines has been mediocre at […]

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Mar 6 2021 — Chris Selley

Multiple reports suggest there is widespread disgruntlement in federal Conservative ranks. Among social conservatives, there is a sense of betrayal at Derek Sloan’s abrupt dismissal from the party, by a vote of conservative caucus no less, for his alleged “pattern of destructive behaviour.” Apparently this wasn’t what so-cons had in mind when they parked their […]

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