National Newswatch

Pierre Poilievre promises to fire central bank governor

May 12 2022 — Andy Blatchford — The presumed frontrunner to win Canada’s Conservative Party leadership race is vowing, if he becomes prime minister, to fire the Bank of Canada’s governor. Pierre Poilievre made the threat to central bank Governor Tiff Macklem when asked Wednesday during a leadership debate in Edmonton about Canada’s red-hot inflation.

With the world watching Putin, Trump targets Trudeau

Feb 27 2022 — Andy Blatchford — “The tyranny we have witnessed in Canada in recent weeks should shock and dismay people all over the world,” Trump said Saturday night. Donald Trump fired up the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd Saturday night with a barrage of accusations directed at what would have been an unthinkable target just weeks ago: Canadian Prime Minister […]

Trudeau injects vaccine hesitancy into spotlight of Canadian election

Aug 15 2021 — Andy Blatchford — Justin Trudeau launched Canadians into an election campaign Sunday that on the surface gives voters a choice between competing visions for a post-pandemic Canada. But Trudeau also used his Day 1 words to shape the campaign’s subtext. Canada’s election, the Liberal leader suggested, could hinge on the philosophical clash between the vaccinated and the vaccine […]

Canada readies to rumble with a President Biden

Oct 21 2020 — Andy Blatchford — Ottawa thinks the Democrat would be friendlier, but no less protectionist than Trump. After four years of trade clashes with the Trump administration, Canada would seem more than ready to lower its guard should Joe Biden win. Instead, it’s preparing for a transition — and for the new risks a Biden White House could bring.

Bolton book could factor into Huawei exec’s extradition case

Jun 22 2020 — Andy Blatchford — Allegations about President Donald Trump in a new book by former White House official John Bolton could be a factor in Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s fight to avoid extradition from Canada to the United States. Passages from the book penned by Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, are likely to be explored as a way […]

Alberta will study already ‘compelling case’ for its exit from CPP: Kenney

Nov 7 2019 — Andy Blatchford — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there's a "compelling case" to be made for his province to exit the half-century-old Canada Pension Plan — an idea sure to face increasing scrutiny over the coming months. With growing frustrations in his province about its place in the federation, Kenney has revealed that a deeper analysis is on the way to consider Alberta's potential withdrawal from the national pension plan.  […]

Big business makes post-election pitch to incoming federal government

Oct 29 2019 — Andy Blatchford — OTTAWA — Big business is adding its voice to a broader call for economy-lifting changes in Canada following an election campaign widely criticized for its dearth of deep policy discussion. The Business Council of Canada, a lobby group representing chief executives of the largest corporations, has released a report underlining its concerns around obstacles like the aging […]