National Newswatch

Ottawa wants 10 per cent pot tax

Oct 4 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Ottawa wants to impose a 10 per cent tax on marijuana sales and split the revenues with the provinces but premiers want a bigger slice, arguing their jurisdictions are bearing most of the costs of implementing and policing the federal government’s plan to legalize pot. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a meeting of provincial and […]

Canada working to make Pacific trade deal a reality

Oct 1 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Backroom negotiations, ministerial meetings, shuttle diplomacy, all in hopes of getting agreement on a sweeping trade pact by year’s end. No, it’s not NAFTA. While the spotlight has focused on trade talks between Canada, Mexico and the United States, efforts are quietly underway on another sweeping trade pact — the Trans-Pacific Partnership — that would […]

No bailout for ailing media outlets, Ottawa says

Sep 28 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Good journalism is “critical” to democracy but Ottawa says it won’t bail out media models “that are no longer viable.” Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly took the wraps off the Liberal government’s vision for culture in Canada, laying out in broad strokes a road map for everything from onscreen productions, poetry and books and the fate […]

Trudeau weighs calls to join ballistic missile defence

Sep 19 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cracked open the door to joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence program, reversing Canada’s long-standing opposition in the face of North Korea’s new capabilities to strike North America. Trudeau said Tuesday that North Korea’s “reckless behaviour” is a threat to global peace. For months, North Korean President Kim Jong Un […]

Canadian troops help secure Mosul as future battles loom

Jul 30 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Iraqi security forces and its allies, including Canada, are helping secure Mosul after liberating it from Daesh, even as future battles loom to root extremists from other Iraqi cities. And while it’s not known yet whether Canadian special operations forces soldiers — serving on an advise and assist mission to aid Iraqi and Kurdish troops […]

Pearson airport hopes ownership change can fuel regional transit

Mar 29 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — The operators of Pearson International Airport say they are open to letting private investors take a stake in the airport as a way to help fund an ambitious, multi-billion dollar transit hub to move commuters, airport workers and passengers, the Star has learned. The federal government has been considering possible changes to the current ownership […]

Justin Trudeau touts budget’s ‘meaningful’ investments

Mar 23 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is highlighting his government’s “meaningful” investments in skills training, child care and affordable housing as he fends off criticism that the Liberals’ second budget was a tepid, hold-the-line plan. Trudeau travelled to Toronto Thursday and used a visit to George Brown College to highlight promised investments in skills and training, which […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial Castro tribute left bureaucrats scrambling

Mar 11 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Justin Trudeau’s praise of Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader’s death left bureaucrats scrambling to counter the criticism sparked by the prime minister’s comments, documents show. The foreign affairs department, the privy council office and the prime minister’s office were all involved in drafting public statements to dampen the reaction stirred by Trudeau’s warm tribute […]

Canada’s military gets new senior commander

Mar 6 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Canada’s military has a new second-in-command to take the place of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who has been sidelined under a cloud. Lt.-Gen. Alain Parent was named acting vice-chief of defence staff Monday by Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff. Parent is currently is the deputy commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, a position […]