National Newswatch

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 […]

Trudeau says Tory ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric only tough on Black, Indigenous Canadians

May 18 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that policies the Conservatives claimed were “tough on crime” were “really just tough on Black Canadians and Indigenous Canadians.” He made the comment during a heated exchange in question period that saw Conservatives accuse the Liberals of planning to “make it allowable for criminals to get house arrest” […]

As China pressed over Russia stance, Canada’s MPs revive special committee on ties

May 16 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Canadian opposition parties on Monday voted to revive the high-profile special committee studying Canada’s ties with China. The Liberal cabinet and caucus opposed the motion to bring back the committee, which had been put forward by the Conservatives. But with NDP and Bloc Quebecois support, the motion passed. That special committee will be tasked with […]

As Roe v. Wade draft ruling draws Canadian fire, has Trudeau lived up to his promises?

May 4 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Canadian politicians who support reproductive rights have wasted no time in stepping into the outcry boiling over following news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that enshrined abortion as a constitutional right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed his government will “never back down from protecting and […]