National Newswatch

Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès Wants Trudeau To Challenge Quebec’s Bill 62 In Court

Oct 18 2017 — Althia Raj — A Quebec Liberal MP called on her leader Wednesday to contest a provincial law that bans Muslim women who wear a niqab or burqa from obtaining government services without showing their faces. Alexandra Mendès, the MP from Brossard–Saint-Lambert, a riding on the south shore of Montreal, told reporters she expects that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]

Board Of Internal Economy To Open Its Doors For The 1st Time

Oct 17 2017 — Althia Raj — The secretive committee of MPs that governs the House of Commons will hold its first public meeting Thursday. The Board of Internal Economy has long been criticized for its in-camera nature. The committee oversees MPs’ budgets and spending, security and building management, and adjudicates human resources issues, such as allegations of wrongful dismissal and of […]

Diane Lebouthillier Denies Tossing Civil Servants Under Bus On Employee Discounts Tax Controversy

Oct 16 2017 — Althia Raj — Canada’s revenue minister denied throwing public servants under the bus Monday, a few days after her staff blamed her department’s civil servants for a public outcry over taxing employee benefits. Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier told reporters four times Monday that she had not been made aware of a changing interpretation of the Income […]

Jagmeet Singh Suggests CBC’s Insistent Questioning About Alleged Terrorist Was Racist

Oct 15 2017 — Althia Raj — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh thinks a controversial CBC interview in which he was asked repeatedly to denounce the veneration of alleged Air India mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar was racist. “Should I just say ‘yes’ directly? I think there was definitely some sort of clear problematic line of thought behind that question, so I’m definitely concerned […]

Jagmeet Singh Would ‘Respect’ Quebec’s Separation In Event Of Another Referendum

Oct 11 2017 — Althia Raj — Campaigning in a byelection in sovereigntist territory Tuesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh suggested he would be comfortable if Quebecers decided to split from the rest of Canada. Speaking to reporters in Alma, Quebec, in the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean where residents twice voted to separate — by an almost three-to-one ratio during the 1995 referendum — […]

Jagmeet Singh, NDP Leadership Candidate, Says He’s Ready To Lead

Sep 30 2017 — Althia Raj — “Why is he so mean?” Jagmeet Singh asks. The NDP leadership hopeful leans back against the window in the boardroom of the NDP’s headquarters in Ottawa. He has just concluded back-to-back interviews with members of the parliamentary press gallery and “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.” Dressed in a pinstriped dark blue suit, no socks and […]

Catherine McKenna Says ‘Climate Barbie’ Tweet Isn’t New, Blasts Conservatives

Sep 20 2017 — Althia Raj — A sexist tweet by a Conservative colleague is nothing new, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna suggested Wednesday, saying she has suffered online abuse for two years. And she pointed the finger at her Tory opponents. “It’s not about me. It’s about how women, especially women in politics, face these kinds of comments, sexist, misogynistic comments, especially […]

Prime Minister Says Joseph Gordon-Levitt Convinced Him To Call Himself A Feminist

Sep 20 2017 — Althia Raj — Known internationally as a self-proclaimed feminist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it was a video by Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt that convinced him the monicker was OK for men to use. Speaking with Melinda Gates, who praised him effusively for his “passionate belief of empowering women” and his “transformative” gender-balanced cabinet, Trudeau recalled being told […]

Jagmeet Singh Defends ‘Open-Minded’ Quebec After MP’s Turban Comment

Sep 16 2017 — Althia Raj — NDP leadership contender Jagmeet Singh defended himself Saturday against comments from a caucus MP who suggested his turban would make him unappealing to Quebec voters. NDP MP Pierre Nantel told Radio-Canada that Singh’s religious symbols were incompatible with the province’s values. “We don’t want to see any ostentatious religious symbols. We think that is not […]

Liberals Plan To Use Time Allocation To Clamp Down Debate In Commons

Sep 16 2017 — Althia Raj — Opposition parties are warning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to brace for a fight this fall if bills are pushed through the Commons without their consent. HuffPost Canada has learned that the Liberals plan to use a procedural tool known as “time allocation” when the House returns Monday. The Grits have had trouble getting their […]

Jagmeet Singh Floats Decriminalization Of All Personal Drug Possession

Sep 10 2017 — Althia Raj — As NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh would call for decriminalizing possession of all drugs for personal use, he said during a leadership debate Sunday. The NDP candidates were asked how they would respond to the opioid crisis that has killed countless Canadians. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poured cold water over the possibility of legalizing […]