National Newswatch

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 […]

Canadian political parties already targeted by foreign hacking, electronic spy agency says

Apr 8 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Canadian political parties have already been targeted by at least one foreign state-backed hacking campaign, the Star and BuzzFeed news have learned. The Communications Security Establishment said Monday that “political parties, candidates and staff” were the target of one tenth of state-sponsored hacking campaigns against the democratic process globally in 2018.

Poll suggests support for Ottawa’s carbon plan among GTHA residents

Mar 29 2019 — Alex Boutilier — On the eve of the imposition of the Liberal government’s new carbon tax, new polling data suggests a majority of GTHA residents “accept” Ottawa’s plan. The data, released by Clean Prosperity and University of Toronto researcher Peter Loewen, suggests 60 per cent of residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area — including Durham, Halton, […]

Scheer issues second statement on Christchurch after backlash

Mar 15 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued a second statement after facing a storm of criticism for failing to mention the terrorist attack in Christchurch was perpetrated against Muslims during Friday prayer. Other leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Premier Doug Ford all made specific mention to the victims being Muslim or […]

Trudeau to keep Wernick on election interference file, despite opposition misgivings

Mar 10 2019 — Alex Boutilier — The Liberal government will keep the country’s top bureaucrat as the person ultimately responsible for alerting Canadians to foreign interference in the 2019 election, despite the opposition parties’ lost confidence in Michael Wernick’s neutrality. Cameron Ahmad, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s deputy director of communications, told the Star Saturday they’ll keep Privy Council Clerk Wernick on […]

Wernick’s part in the SNC-Lavalin affair means he shouldn’t be trusted to sound alarm on election meddling, opposition MPs say

Mar 8 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Canada’s two main opposition parties say their lost confidence in the country’s top bureaucrat means he can’t be trusted to warn voters about foreign interference in the 2019 election, the Star has learned. Wernick is the most senior member of a five-person panel tasked with alerting Canadians to the kind of foreign meddling seen in […]

‘You very much crossed the line,’ opposition MPs tell top bureaucrat

Mar 6 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Ottawa’s top public servant faced a withering barrage of questions from opposition MPs Wednesday over his role in the SNC-Lavalin affair and allegations of “partisanship” in his defence of the Liberal government’s actions. Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, stated “categorically” that he had “never given advice or done anything for partisan purposes,” […]

Trudeau was warned Wilson-Raybould would connect the cabinet shuffle to SNC-Lavalin issue

Mar 6 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was warned that Jody Wilson-Raybould could connect her removal from the justice portfolio to her refusal to offer a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC-Lavalin, one of his former top aides says. Gerald Butts said former Treasury Board President Jane Philpott told Trudeau on January 6 that Wilson-Raybould might view her shuffle […]