National Newswatch

As oil price struggle continues, Alberta finance minister calls for changes to equalization program

Dec 10 2018 — Amanda Connolly — Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said the federal equalization program needs fixing, because the way it is now doesn’t work for Albertans. Speaking in a scrum with reporters in Ottawa on Monday, Ceci said the current formula used to deem provinces either “have” or “have nots” has continually failed to help Alberta deal with significant […]

‘I’m in shock:’ The first 24 hours of the Saudi-Canada tweet feud left Canadians reeling

Dec 7 2018 — Amanda Connolly — Canadian officials had no idea what hit them. As Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented attack against Canadian interests in response to a tweet calling for the release of detained women’s rights activists including Samar Badawi, diplomats and foreign service officials were left scrambling and trying to confirm for themselves the media reports that the Canadian […]

Amid Raj Grewal gambling furor, Liberal organized crime deputy admits no ‘clear answer’ to questions

Dec 2 2018 — Amanda Connolly — Questions continue to swirl around exactly what and when the Liberals knew about reports of an RCMP probe into the gambling activity of their colleague, Raj Grewal, but there is no “clear answer.” In an interview with the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, the parliamentary secretary for organized crime said he couldn’t answer questions about where […]

Relations between Canada and Saudis ‘fractured,’ kingdom seeking exit strategies from existing deals: memo

Nov 30 2018 — Amanda Connolly — The relationship between Canada and Saudi Arabia is “fractured” and the kingdom has ordered its ministries to look for alternatives to existing deals it has with Canadian businesses. That’s the determination of officials at Global Affairs Canada in their briefing notes prepared for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ahead of her Oct. 15 phone call […]