National Newswatch

Trudeau’s Liberals sketch out their campaign strategy: Tout their record but beware economic ‘anxiety’

Aug 24 2019 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Liberal strategists gathered at a downtown Ottawa hotel in mid-July, the inner circle who will steer the party’s re-election hopes. Among the 50 or so present were veterans of the party’s dramatic win in 2015 — “getting the band back together,” quipped one participant — as well as new faces. The group, which included regional […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns Conservative cuts will hit municipalities hard

May 31 2019 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is warning that the Conservatives’ goal of smaller government will lead to cuts to critical public services, like health and social, as he took aim at Premier Doug Ford’s threatened budget reductions to municipalities. With the federal election just months away, Trudeau’s Friday speech to municipal leaders had a sharply partisan […]

U.S. trade spat should spur provinces to knock down barriers to cross-Canada trade, New Brunswick premier says.

Jun 27 2018 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Canada’s trade spat with the United States should spur premiers to act faster to diversify trade and knock down internal barriers that impede cross-country commerce, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says. Gallant is playing host to the summer meeting of premiers and territorial leaders next month and expects that spiralling trade tensions with the U.S. […]