National Newswatch

Liberals’ plan for new financial crimes agency raises questions about RCMP role

Apr 8 2022 — Alex Boutilier — The Liberals’ proposal to set up a new law enforcement body to tackle financial crime is raising questions about the RCMP’s role in investigating money laundering and organized crime. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s 2022 budget, released Thursday, included a passing mention of plans to set up a Canada Financial Crimes Agency. The new law enforcement […]

Cyber defence agency gets significant boost in Liberals’ Budget 2022

Apr 7 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Canada’s cyber security agency and government efforts to curb state-backed misinformation are poised to receive an influx of cash as part of the Liberals’ 2022 budget. The spending program laid out plans to significantly boost spending at the Communications Security Establishment – Canada’s cyber security and espionage agency – while also spending millions on combatting […]

Conservatives clamp down on governing body’s dealings with reporters, social media posts

Apr 4 2022 — Alex Boutilier — The Conservative party is moving to restrict their national councilors’ interactions with reporters and posts on social media after a high-profile permanent suspension of one of their members. But party president Rob Batherson said the new policy pre-dated former national councilor Bert Chen’s departure from the board, and is not meant as a veto over […]

Committee examining Liberals’ emergency powers debates scope of inquiry

Mar 24 2022 — Alex Boutilier — The Parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing the emergency powers used to address last month’s convoy protests is divided on the scope of their study. The Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency is scheduled to hold its second meeting Thursday evening, and sources with knowledge of the deliberations tell Global News the biggest sticking […]

The biggest winner in Liberal-NDP deal might be the next Conservative leader

Mar 22 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen called the Liberals’ deal with the NDP “backdoor socialism.” Leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre suggested it was a “coalition attack on our freedom and our country.” Patrick Brown referred to it as a “nightmare.” But away from the podiums and the social media indignation, some Conservatives were quietly thanking Prime Minister […]

Canada’s spy agencies have held back information from Parliament’s watchdogs

Mar 21 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Canada’s intelligence agencies have held back information from parliamentary oversight, leading a key watchdog committee to warn its work could be “compromised” if the situation continues. The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a joint House of Commons and Senate body that reviews the country’s intelligence apparatus, warned that “some organizations” have delayed […]

Huawei says Charest focused on 5G issues when doing work for the Chinese telecom

Mar 15 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Chinese company Huawei says Conservative leadership hopeful Jean Charest focused predominantly on the company’s participation in Canada’s 5G networks during in his work for the telecom. He involvement did not centre on the extradition case involving Meng Wanzhou. Further, the company will not be wading into the Conservative leadership contest, says Alykhan Velshi, a former […]

Jean Charest says Conservatives are ‘divided,’ must unite to provide ‘national vision’

Mar 10 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Jean Charest says the Conservative Party of Canada is “divided” and must provide a “national vision” to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the next election. In an interview with Global News Thursday, Charest said the Conservative Party has a “responsibility to the country and to Canadians to be a national political party.”