National Newswatch

Conservative MP David Sweet resigns as committee chair after travelling to the U.S. during the holidays

Jan 4 2021 — Alex Ballingall — Conservative MP David Sweet is stepping down as chair of a parliamentary committee after he travelled to the United States and stayed there “for leisure” without informing his party whip, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s office said Monday. Sweet, the MP for the Hamilton-area riding of Flamborough—Glanbrook, is the latest Canadian politician to face repercussions for […]

Remember Justin Trudeau’s trip to the Aga Khan’s private island? Joe Biden’s new ‘climate czar’ John Kerry was there too

Nov 24 2020 — Alex Ballingall — The next U.S. president’s newly-named “climate czar” has a notable holiday connection with Justin Trudeau: they were together on the prime minister’s controversial trip to the Aga Khan’s private island in 2016. Former American Secretary of State John Kerry was among the spiritual leader’s guests over the holidays that year, as first reported in 2017, […]

Questioning Kamala Harris’s race. Promoting a 9/11 conspiracy. Toronto byelections rocked by Liberal and Conservative candidates’ resurfaced tweets

Oct 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — In duelling expressions of outrage, Liberals and Conservatives exchanged demands for opposing candidates to drop out of federal byelections in Toronto as advance polls opened on Friday. The Liberals took the first shot, when Quebec MP Greg Fergus — who is also the chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus in Ottawa — condemned how the […]

Fearing second COVID-19 wave in Toronto, Green Leader Annamie Paul calls on Justin Trudeau to suspend byelections in the city

Oct 9 2020 — Alex Ballingall — The new leader of the Green Party is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make the extraordinary decision to suspend two federal byelections in Toronto, including the one where she is trying to win a seat in Parliament. Annamie Paul, who is running for former Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s vacant seat in Toronto Centre, […]

Justin Trudeau promised action ‘very soon’ to tackle systemic racism. Seven weeks later, where is it?

Aug 5 2020 — Alex Ballingall — It has been seven weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action “very soon” to address systemic racism in Canadian policing and other institutions. For Matthew Green, an NDP MP and member of the cross-party Parliamentary Black Caucus, “very soon” is now long past due — and can’t come soon enough. That’s especially the case, […]

Justin Trudeau pledges action on racism after more than half his cabinet signs Black MPs’ call for reform

Jun 16 2020 — Alex Ballingall — There are no excuses. The way NDP MP Matthew Green sees it, the Liberal minority government must swiftly fulfil the entire list of demands in a sweeping declaration from Black parliamentarians that charts reforms to address systemic racism in Canada. After all, the document was signed by more than 100 Liberal MPs, including Deputy Prime […]

Justin Trudeau says companies will need to show they’re ‘thinking about’ climate change to get government loans. Here’s what that means

May 12 2020 — Alex Ballingall — Need a federal loan to survive the crumbling pandemic economy? If you’re running a large company, you’ll have to show you’re “thinking about” climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. That’s one of the conditions attached to the government’s new “bridge loans” program, unveiled Monday, to help big corporations survive the COVID-19 crisis. But what […]