National Newswatch

Is Canada’s NORAD upgrade cash new? Defence chief uncertain

Jun 25 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Canada’s defence chief says he doesn’t yet know where the money is coming from for $4.9 billion in promised upgrades to NORAD radar and surveillance systems. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Gen. Wayne Eyre was asked about growing questions facing the government to detail their spending plan on NORAD upgrades. Sources […]

Ottawa freezing Hockey Canada funding amid firestorm over alleged sex assaults

Jun 22 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The Canadian government is freezing federal funding to Hockey Canada as the organization remains embroiled in a firestorm of scrutiny over its handling of sexual assault allegations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called the organization’s handling of the allegations “unacceptable,” while Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge said Hockey Canada will be “held accountable.”

Ottawa’s cybersecurity bill has ‘good bones’ — but secrecy rules need work, experts say

Jun 16 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The federal government’s new legislation proposing sweeping new powers to direct cybersecurity for private sector critical infrastructure operators has “good bones,” according to experts. But they warn that provisions in the bill to gag any operator from disclosing orders from the government to fix their systems — potentially requiring tens of millions of dollars in […]

Ottawa wants sweeping new powers to direct companies’ ‘critical’ cyber defence

Jun 14 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The Canadian government wants sweeping new powers, including access to confidential information, in order to “direct” how critical infrastructure operators prepare for and respond to cyberattacks. And it wants to prohibit those companies from disclosing to the public anything about the directions issued by the federal government — including the mere existence of any orders […]

Canada, U.S. face democratic ‘rough patches’ amid populism: American envoy

Jun 12 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Canada and the United States are facing “rough patches” in their democracies as populist, authoritarian movements continue to find traction among Western countries, says the American ambassador. But in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, David Cohen said he is ultimately optimistic that the democracies will find a way through the political turmoil […]

Canada on ‘high alert’ for cyberattacks from Russia, others: minister

Jun 9 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The Canadian government is on “high alert” for cyberattacks by Russia and others amid a global threat environment that continues to shake the foundations of the post-second World War international order. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino issued the warning during an appearance at the House of Commons public safety committee on Thursday morning. He told […]

Tougher bail rules, sentences for gun violence in Canada ‘certainly an option’: minister

May 29 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Justice Minister David Lametti says imposing tougher bail conditions and longer sentences for gun violence in Canada is “certainly an option” as the government eyes further reform to firearms laws. At the same time, he suggested helping provinces and territories ban handguns remains a “top” priority. Lametti spoke with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson after […]

COVID-19 vaccine rules, equalization ‘derailed’ support for Kenney: Smith

May 22 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney‘s imposition of COVID-19 vaccine mandate and other public health measures, along with the province’s desire for equalization changes, are what “derailed” his leadership, suggests leadership rival Danielle Smith. In an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Smith said Kenney’s decisions to put in place public health measures as COVID-19 spiked […]

Major military sexual misconduct report to land with defence minister amid culture crisis

May 20 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The hotly-anticipated final report from former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour into how best to fix the military sexual misconduct crisis is expected to land with Defence Minister Anita Anand on Friday. It comes as the Canadian Forces remains under heavy scrutiny for what experts have repeatedly described as endemic abuses of power, sexism, racism […]