National Newswatch

Liberals won’t commit to boosting old age security in July despite campaign pledge

May 17 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Days after announcing additional financial relief for seniors struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal minister responsible for seniors wouldn’t confirm Ottawa will move ahead with a planned increase to the Old Age Security (OAS) pension in July — a promise made by the governing Liberals during their campaign for re-election. In an interview with […]

Air Canada suspending flights to U.S. for 4 weeks after April 26

Apr 21 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Air Canada says it’s suspending all scheduled flights to the United States for about four weeks after April 26, following a decision by the Canadian and U.S. governments to continue banning non-essential travel for another 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic. Barring any further extension to those travel restrictions, the airline will resume its service […]

Liberals post video of Scheer sitting during ‘O Canada’; Tory leader says they politicized anthem

Oct 16 2019 — Beatrice Britneff — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said on Wednesday that he stayed seated while members of Parliament sang O Canada after voting to change the lyrics three years ago because the Liberal government was using Canada’s national anthem for “a political statement.” Scheer’s comments came a few hours after Marc Garneau ⁠— a longtime MP and minister […]

Trudeau extends information watchdog’s term — again

Dec 19 2017 — Beatrice Britneff — The federal government has extended the term of the Access to Information watchdog for a second time after a months-long search failed to turn up a suitable replacement. An order-in-council dated Dec. 14, 2017 shows the government reappointed Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault to the position on an interim basis for two months, effective December 29. […]

Feds give lobbying watchdog $400K to cover legal fees for lawsuit

Nov 8 2017 — Beatrice Britneff — The federal government has given the lobbying watchdog an extra $400,000 to cover “legal costs resulting from a court challenge.” Apotex Inc., Canada’s largest drug manufacturer, took Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd to court earlier this year over an investigation she launched into a Liberal party fundraiser the firm’s chairman, Barry Sherman, hosted in August 2015. […]