National Newswatch

Morneau says he’s made ‘significant’ WE Charity donations, just repaid $41K for trips

Jul 22 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Finance Minister Bill Morneau admitted on Wednesday he and his family have made “significant” donations worth tens of thousands of dollars to the controversial WE Charity and only just repaid $41,000 in what he says were previously unknown expenses due to the organization from family trips. Morneau offered the bombshell testimony during a House of […]

Ottawa’s coronavirus deficit will take ‘many, many years’ to pay down: economist

Jul 5 2020 — Amanda Connolly — The massive federal deficit created by the unprecedented coronavirus emergency response could take more than 10 years to get under control, one economist suggests. In an interview with The West Block guest host Robin Gill, the B.C. Business Council’s chief economist, Ken Peacock, speculated that while some economic activity might normalize more quickly, the $260-billion […]

Ottawa must reset foreign policy with all eyes on China after ‘disastrous’ week: experts

Jun 21 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Canada’s defeat in its bid for a United Nations Security Council seat, coupled with China‘s decision to charge two arbitrarily detained Canadians with espionagem marks the worst week for Canadian foreign policy in recent memory, says one former ambassador to Beijing. In interviews with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, David Mulroney and foreign policy expert […]