National Newswatch

Spy agency warns foreign states with nefarious aims are hiding their presence in Canada

Jul 16 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Canada’s electronic espionage agency warned the Liberal government in 2016 that foreign states have developed more sophisticated methods to mask their presence in Canada’s private sector. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) told Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in October 2016 that “foreign state actors” are adapting their methods to hide their involvement with — and in […]

Conservatives maintain the lead in national poll — but ‘it’s a much closer race than it looks’

Jun 25 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Regional differences in voting intentions across Canada are masking a close federal election race, according to the latest polling data from Forum Research. The opposition Conservatives still maintain a national edge in voting intentions, with 34 per cent of respondents to Forum’s late June poll saying they’d vote for Andrew Scheer’s party. The Liberal government […]

Scheer to reaffirm Paris targets in climate speech

Jun 19 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will pitch his climate change plan as Canada’s best chance to achieve the Paris climate agreement’s targets despite abandoning the Liberal government’s carbon tax. Scheer will announce his long-awaited “vision” for the environment in a speech in picturesque Chelsea, Quebec on Wednesday. Conservative sources, who spoke to the Star on […]

Andrew Scheer turned down D-Day ceremony invitation for family commitment

Jun 6 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer missed the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy on Thursday so he could attend a University of Regina graduation where his family members received honorary degrees. Scheer’s office confirmed that the Opposition leader declined an invitation to be part of the official Canadian delegation in Normandy so that […]

Left-leaning pressure group launches anti-Andrew Scheer ads

May 27 2019 — Alex Boutilier — A left-wing pressure group has launched a month-long advertising blitz painting Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as a “yes-man” to the wealthy. Engage Canada, a union-backed progressive coalition, is pushing out television and digital ads suggesting Scheer would cut taxes for wealthy Canadians and cut public services. The ads also try and tie Scheer to Ontario […]

New ‘digital charter’ to emphasize Canadians’ control over personal data

May 21 2019 — Alex Boutilier — The federal government’s new “digital charter” will emphasize Canadians’ control over their own personal information and promises “strong enforcement” of transnational internet giants that break the law. The Liberal government will not take any immediate steps to impose regulation on companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, according to a copy of the digital charter obtained […]

Trudeau takes aim at big tech, announces ‘Digital Charter’

May 16 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says social media platforms and tech giants have failed Canadian users and it’s time the government stepped in. According to prepared remarks obtained by the Star, the Liberal government is set to unveil a framework for reining in tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The so-called “Digital Charter” will outline […]

Scheer government would ban Huawei from 5G networks

May 8 2019 — Alex Boutilier — A Conservative government under Andrew Scheer would ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from participating in Canada’s next generation wireless networks, the Star has learned. Scheer’s office confirmed Wednesday that the Conservatives would ban Huawei products from Canada’s 5G infrastructure if they form the government after this fall’s federal election.

Former Trudeau aide Gerald Butts working with consulting firm

May 7 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Gerald Butts, the former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is working with a global consulting firm to advise private sector clients on risks associated with climate change. Butts, who resigned from his position in the Prime Minister’s Office in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, will work with the Eurasia Group to develop […]

Scheer government would seek to join U.S. missile defence program

May 6 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Andrew Scheer will announce tomorrow that a Conservative government would start talks with the Trump administration to join the U.S. continental missile defence program, the Star has learned. While the U.S. has sought the Canadian government’s co-operation on a missile defence program since the early 2000s, successive governments — both Liberal and Conservative — have […]