National Newswatch

Morneau taking close look at return to 30-year insured mortgages, homebuilders’ association says

Feb 7 2019 — Bill Curry — The federal government appears to be considering a budget announcement that would allow first-time homebuyers to obtain 30-year insured mortgages, up from the 25-year limit now, according to the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association. Such a move would represent a change in direction after more than a decade of measures by federal Conservative and Liberal governments since […]

Conservatives renounce Google ad that spreads false border claim

Feb 4 2019 — Bill Curry — The Conservative Party is distancing itself from one of its own online ads after using Google to spread the false claim that “Justin Trudeau is letting a foreign entity take control of our borders.” The Conservative Party ad appeared in recent weeks on Google, and following the link leads to a fundraising page on the […]

Canada rebuffs Chinese warnings of ‘repercussions’

Jan 18 2019 — Bill Curry — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says pressure from China will not affect Canada’s decision on whether or not telecom giant Huawei will be banned from supplying technology for next-generation 5G mobile networks. Speaking with reporters Friday in Sherbrooke, where the federal cabinet is gathered for a three day retreat, Mr. Goodale responded to warnings issued […]

Freeland calls China’s behaviour ‘a threat to all countries’ as federal cabinet meets with senior ambassadors

Jan 16 2019 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal cabinet met privately with six senior ambassadors Wednesday evening as Canada mounts an international campaign to gain global allies in its escalating diplomatic battle with China. Calling China’s behaviour “a threat to all countries,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that she welcomes the support Canada is […]

Six ambassadors to brief Trudeau, federal cabinet amid strained diplomatic relations with China

Jan 16 2019 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal cabinet will receive a private briefing from six senior ambassadors Wednesday evening as Canada addresses its quickly deteriorating relationship with China. John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China and a former member of the Trudeau cabinet, is among the six ambassadors invited to brief cabinet. Federal ministers are gathered […]

Federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne ‘laser-focused’ on construction projects for 2019

Jan 2 2019 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau built a successful 2015 election platform around a core promise: Short-term deficits will boost the economy through a massive increase in infrastructure spending. With less than a year to go before voters cast their judgment in the next federal election, the deficits have materialized. The promised return to balance by 2019 […]

Canadians expect economy will slow down in 2019: poll

Dec 27 2018 — Bill Curry — Canadians are in a pessimistic mood when it comes to expectations for the economy in 2019. According to a Nanos survey for The Globe and Mail, more than half of Canadians think the economy will worsen or somewhat worsen over the next year. Pollster Nik Nanos said the state of the economy will influence the […]

Federal budget will be balanced by 2040, Finance Department predicts

Dec 21 2018 — Bill Curry — The federal budget won’t be balanced until at least 2040, the Finance Department said Friday, providing fresh figures for parties looking to position themselves with voters as the best stewards of the public purse. Federal officials estimate it will take another 22 years to get a balanced budget – five years earlier than the Liberal […]

Cities seek permanent transit transfer ahead of 2019 budget

Dec 20 2018 — Bill Curry — Canada’s municipalities say the Liberal government’s transit funding should come with fewer strings attached so that projects get moving more quickly. In a report to be released Thursday, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will outline its recommendations for the 2019 budget. According to an advance copy provided to The Globe and Mail, the FCM will […]

VIA ‘confident’ Ottawa will support new passenger rail lines following $1-billion purchase of new trains

Dec 14 2018 — Bill Curry — After this week’s purchase of nearly $1-billion worth of new trains, VIA Rail President Yves Desjardins-Siciliano is setting his sights on the Liberal government’s 2019 budget in hope that it will green light a multibillion-dollar expansion of its passenger rail network. The Crown corporation’s plan has strong support at the federal cabinet table from Infrastructure […]