National Newswatch

Canadians strongly opposed to lobbyists’ attendance at exclusive party fundraisers, Nanos poll finds

Oct 18 2018 — Bill Curry — Canadians are strongly opposed to allowing lobbyists to buy their way into exclusive political fundraisers featuring party leaders, according to a new Nanos Research survey. The Globe and Mail reported last month that the Liberal Party frequently allows lobbyists to attend what it calls “Laurier Club” donor-appreciation events, which feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or […]

Democratic Institutions Minister rejects call to subject political parties to privacy laws

Oct 16 2018 — Bill Curry — The federal government is rejecting opposition calls for its electoral reform bill to be amended to subject political parties to federal privacy laws. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould appeared Monday as the last scheduled witness before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee dives into a marathon effort this week to review and vote on more […]

Canada won’t act alone on new tax rules for digital giants: Morneau

Oct 12 2018 — Bill Curry — Canada is pushing the G20 to speed up its timeline for setting new rules for taxing the digital economy, but will not take action before an international consensus emerges. The European Union and Australia are considering interim measures that would change the tax rules for large digital companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook but […]

Independent Senators Group poised for majority with latest appointments

Sep 24 2018 — Bill Curry — The official caucus of independent senators could soon wield a majority as Prime Minster Justin Trudeau named two more senators on Monday. Beverley Busson, Canada’s first female RCMP commissioner, and Saskatchewan business leader Marty Klyne were appointed Monday as independent senators. Mr. Klyne is Cree Métis and a former publisher of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and […]

U.S. tax cuts hurting Canada’s competitiveness, industry leaders warn

Sep 23 2018 — Bill Curry — A federally appointed task force of industry leaders has warned the Trudeau government that corporate tax cuts in the United States are hurting Canadian competitiveness, but some executives on the panel caution against a simple match of the U.S. tax package. Business leaders representing six sectors − advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technologies, digital industries, health […]

Trade, climate and infrastructure top Liberals’ fall agenda

Sep 13 2018 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads into the fall sitting of Parliament with a focus on ticking off campaign promises while responding to major outside events such as U.S. NAFTA demands and addressing illegal immigration. Mr. Trudeau decided over the summer not to prorogue Parliament, which would have given the government an opportunity to present a […]

Saskatchewan-Ottawa relations still ‘frosty’ after meeting with Trudeau: Premier Moe

Sep 13 2018 — Bill Curry — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says “frosty” relations continue with Ottawa after the Prime Minister rejected a request to shelve the national carbon pricing plan. Mr. Moe made the comments Wednesday following a private meeting with Justin Trudeau at the Saskatoon hotel where federal Liberal MPs are gathered this week for a caucus meeting just days […]

Justin Trudeau’s letter suggests frustration over infrastructure delays

Aug 28 2018 — Bill Curry — Justin Trudeau’s new mandate letters to cabinet suggest the Prime Minister is not happy with the slow rollout of billions in promised federal infrastructure cash. The Prime Minister’s Office released new mandate letters on Tuesday that were provided to the 10 ministers who received new assignments as a result of last month’s cabinet shuffle. The […]

Provinces cutting back as Ottawa spends more on infrastructure, PBO finds

Aug 22 2018 — Bill Curry — The Parliamentary Budget Officer says delays in rolling out the Liberal government’s centrepiece infrastructure program are largely due to provinces reducing their own spending. In a new report, Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette points the finger at provincial governments for the fact that about $3.6-billion in federal spending that the Liberals had promised to spend […]