National Newswatch

Premiers Waging War On Trudeau Won’t Be Limited On Campaign-Style Spending

Jun 12 2019 — Althia Raj — As conservative premiers wage war against the federal Liberals’ agenda, Elections Canada reconfirmed Tuesday that the provinces will be able to spend unlimited amounts of money campaigning against Justin Trudeau’s team in the lead-up to the general election this October. The independent non-partisan agency that runs federal contests and is charged with applying and interpreting […]

Trudeau Digs At Conservative Leader For Still ’Consulting’ Harper

Jun 11 2019 — Althia Raj — In a rallying call to Liberal donors Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau painted the next election as a choice between moving forward with the Grits’ progressive agenda or sliding backwards with Conservative cuts and Stephen Harper-era politics. In a seven-minute speech to his supporters, many of whom have contributed at least $1,500 a year to […]

Trudeau Grilled Over ‘Anti-Conservative’ Unifor’s Role In Media Bailout Plan

May 28 2019 — Althia Raj — Without a hint of irony, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cited Unifor’s praise for his government’s handling of the NAFTA file Tuesday as Conservative MPs spent question period attacking his government’s relationship with the “anti-Conservative” union. Trudeau was grilled over the decision to appoint Unifor as one of eight groups who will name a panel of […]

Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s Ex-Adviser, Opens Up On SNC-Lavalin Affair, Politics, And What’s Next

May 4 2019 — Althia Raj — Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s longtime friend and adviser, will not be replicating his role in the next election campaign, he told HuffPost Canada’s “Follow-Up” podcast. In a wide-ranging interview — his first since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted — Butts said he intends to move on from politics and join the private sector. “It’s […]

Canada To Unveil Air Passengers’ Bill Of Rights

Dec 16 2018 — Althia Raj — Frustrated air travellers who’ve been bumped from their flight or stuck on the tarmac for hours because of mechanical failures will soon see their right to compensation enshrined in law, HuffPost Canada has learned. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is scheduled to unveil on Monday the details of the government’s long-promised passenger bill of rights. The […]

Bill C-76 Opens ‘Opportunity’ For Foreign Governments To Influence Canadian Elections, Senators Told

Nov 29 2018 — Althia Raj — More Canadians living abroad should not be allowed to vote, a Senate committee heard Thursday, because hostile foreign governments might use their mail-in ballots to fraudulently influence federal elections. Speaking to the upper chamber’s legal and constitutional affairs committee, expat journalist David Frum told his sister, Conservative Sen. Linda Frum, and her colleagues that while […]

Andrew Scheer’s Camp Says Pressing Doug Ford On Ontario’s French Services Cuts ‘Like Talking To A Wall’

Nov 19 2018 — Althia Raj — Blindsided by the Ontario premier’s decision to cut French services, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s camp is hoping that Doug Ford realizes he’s set off a national debate that could hurt Scheer in next year’s federal election. “We are associated to a decision that we did not help make, that we were not aware of — […]

Canadian Charities Balk At Proposed Liberal Tax Changes

Oct 14 2018 — Althia Raj — Canadian charities whose status was targeted by prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say they are concerned that changes the Liberals are proposing won’t prevent a future government from going after them again. Canada Without Poverty and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation told HuffPost Canada they were distressed to discover Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is […]

Liberal Government Drops $1.13 Billion In Spending In Quebec This Summer

Sep 19 2018 — Althia Raj — One year out from a federal election, Liberals announced more than $1.1 billion in spending across the crucial battleground of Quebec during a 10-week period this summer, an analysis by HuffPost Canada shows. From a $62-million infrastructure project to bring 14 Inuit communities online to $10 million to groom snowmobile and cross-country trails this winter, […]