National Newswatch

Conservatives table petition calling on Ottawa to ‘abandon’ small-business tax changes

Jun 18 2018 — Bill Curry — Controversial changes to small-business tax rules are about to become law, but a new petition shows they remain very unpopular with thousands of business owners. Conservative MPs tabled a petition Monday with about 45,000 signatures that calls on Ottawa to “abandon” its package of small-business tax changes. At a news conference, Conservative finance critic Pierre […]

Carbon pricing, small-business tax changes to become law as Senate passes budget bill

Jun 14 2018 — Bill Curry — Senators passed the government’s budget bill without amendment, meaning federal carbon-pricing plans and small-business tax changes will soon become law. Senators approved the 556-page omnibus bill Thursday afternoon without a standing vote or discussion at third reading. Some senators were planning to debate the bill further and the speed of the decision came as a […]

Party control on Parliament Hill worsened in final Harper government, former MPs warn

Jun 12 2018 — Bill Curry — Exit interviews with former members of Parliament reveal a worsening pattern of central control, where even the words politicians utter in committees are written by unelected political staffers. The Samara Centre for Democracy interviewed 54 former MPs from the last Parliament about their experience in Ottawa and found many of them questioning the very purpose […]

Turmoil over Trump’s tariffs prompt talk of ‘G6 plus one’

Jun 1 2018 — Bill Curry — The G7 is being referred to as the “G6 plus one” as isolated U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin takes heat over that country’s controversial new tariffs. With one week to go before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts President Donald Trump and the other G7 leaders in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, advance meetings of G7 finance and […]

Trump’s tariffs heighten tensions ahead of G7 summit

May 31 2018 — Bill Curry — An emerging global trade war is upending the free-trading consensus of the G7 as Canada hosts world leaders amid the escalating tension. News of new U.S. tariffs on Canadian, European and Mexican goods hit just as key leaders from the group of seven most developed nations addressed a panel in Whistler, where G7 finance ministers, […]

Federal Liberals to limit debate on new elections bill

May 22 2018 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government is preparing to limit debate on its new elections bill as it rushes to have the legislation in place for the 2019 campaign. But opposition MPs are decrying the formal notice of reduced debate time for Bill C-76, noting the Liberals have only themselves to blame for waiting so late in the […]

Kenney attacks Liberal carbon pricing plan, says party will join Saskatchewan’s legal challenge

May 7 2018 — Bill Curry — Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney took his carbon-tax concerns to Ottawa Monday, telling MPs his party will join Saskatchewan’s legal challenge of the federal climate plan. The leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta told the House of Commons finance committee that Ottawa’s climate plan represents an unconstitutional intrusion into provincial matters. He also […]

Elections Canada braces for cyberrisks as new voter-registration technology is prepared for 2019 election

Apr 29 2018 — Bill Curry — Elections Canada is working closely with Canadian security officials to address the “real risks” of potential hacking as the agency prepares to roll out new electronic voter-registration technology for the 2019 federal election. Elections Canada has secured commitments from its outside contractor that the Apple iPads deployed at some advance polls will have never been […]

Ottawa posts $2.8-billion surplus in February

Apr 27 2018 — Bill Curry — The federal Liberal government ran a $2.8-billion surplus in February and appears to be on track to close out the 2017-18 fiscal year with a smaller deficit than projected. With just one month left before fiscal year-end, new Finance Department figures released Friday show the 2017-18 deficit stood at $5.6-billion. That compares with an $11.5-billion […]