National Newswatch

WE Charity now registered to lobby, executive tells Commons committee

Aug 13 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Executives from WE Charity say the organization — under scrutiny for a now-cancelled deal to deliver a student volunteer grant program — is now registered to lobby the federal government. The charity had been criticized, particularly by opposition MPs, for not being registered to lobby despite its communications with the government over delivering the multi-million-dollar […]

Trump’s aluminum tariffs ‘absurd,’ Canada to hit back with measures worth $3.6B: Freeland

Aug 7 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United States’ decision to reimpose a 10 per cent tariff on some Canadian aluminum products is “absurd” and vows that Canada will “respond swiftly and strongly” with retaliatory tariffs valued at C$3.6 billion. “Let me be clear. Canadian aluminum is in no way a threat to U.S. national […]

‘No link’ between two Michaels, Canada’s delayed 5G decision on Huawei: Champagne

Jul 19 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Canada’s foreign affairs minister denies any link between the federal government’s ongoing efforts to free two Canadians detained in China and Ottawa’s delay in releasing a decision stemming from its national security review of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The minister’s comments come after the United Kingdom this week banned Huawei from its 5G telecom network, […]

Champagne says he wasn’t aware of ‘particular circumstances’ with Trudeaus’ ties to WE

Jul 17 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he wasn’t aware of “the particular circumstances” surrounding the connections between some of the prime minister’s immediate relatives and the WE organization. Champagne was one of several cabinet ministers who faced questions this week about who knew that several Trudeau family members were paid to speak at WE Charity […]

Tories call for answers on WE contract after reports Trudeau’s family was paid speaking fees

Jul 9 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — The Conservative Party is calling for Parliament to be “immediately” recalled and for all documents related to a now-cancelled federal contact with the charity be made public, following news that two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relatives have collectively received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from the WE organization.

Trudeau slams Bloc leader for suggesting he’s ruling country like a ‘king’

Jun 17 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday pushed back against a suggestion from the Bloc Québécois leader that he is acting like a king and lacks respect for Parliament amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier on Wednesday morning, BQ Leader Yves-François Blanchet argued reduced House of Commons sittings aren’t required any longer as more restrictions to curb […]

Many Canadians will max out on CERB in July. What happens next?

Jun 9 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Questions are mounting about how the federal government will continue to support Canadian workers who remain unemployed as emergency benefits offered during the coronavirus pandemic run out. On April 6, applications opened for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides eligible applicants with $2,000 every four weeks. The program applied retroactively to March 15 […]

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 […]