National Newswatch

Butts’ exit could help government wield more effective defence strategy in SNC-Lavalin affair, politicos say

Feb 20 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Gerald Butts’ resignation as the prime minister’s most trusted adviser could be an attempt for the Trudeau government to mount a more effective defence against allegations that senior officials exerted pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, according to political observers. Mr. Butts’ departure as the prime minister’s principal secretary, […]

Wilson-Raybould’s resignation a ‘time bomb’ for Grits, says ex-Liberal aide, while Justice Committee chair says he’s open to hearings

Feb 13 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet Feb. 12 amid allegations of PMO interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin could be a ticking “time bomb” for the government, says a Liberal pundit, while the chair of the House Justice Committee says the committee could be a venue to air out the affair that has rocked Prime Minister […]

NDP ‘disheartened’ at party’s decline in Quebec, but messaging in line with voters’ priorities, says NDP MP Dubé

Feb 8 2019 — Beatrice Paez — The federal NDP could be facing a big uphill battle in Quebec, with a recent poll suggesting their favourability has plummeted into single-digit territory. A recent Léger survey suggested that the NDP is lagging considerably behind with eight per cent of support in Quebec, while the Liberals lead with 39 per cent. The Conservatives and […]

‘I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair that he button it up,’ Robinson says Mulcair’s swipes at Singh ‘inappropriate’

Jan 25 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Former veteran NDP MP Svend Robinson, who wants to make a federal political comeback, says it is inappropriate for ex-leader Tom Mulcair to take public swipes at NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, especially when the party is taking a political beating. “I have great respect for Tom Mulcair. … I would respectfully suggest to Tom Mulcair […]

Feds closing in on winning bidder for $60-billion warship project

Sep 24 2018 — Beatrice Paez — Ottawa could be close to settling on the winning bid for the $60-billion procurement of multi-purpose vessels that will form the backbone of the Canadian Navy, with rumours swirling that a decision could come in a few weeks’ time, although Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government will announce it by the end of the […]

Liberal government spent $11.9-million on public opinion research within last year, slight drop from previous year, Health Canada posted highest bill

Sep 10 2018 — Beatrice Paez — The Liberal government spent $11.9-million on public opinion research within the last year, a slight drop from the previous year, according to a recent report posted on the Public Services and Procurement Canada’s website. Though the figure has dipped from the previous fiscal year, from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, when it spent […]

Cuts to Toronto city council point to ‘paternalistic’ city-province relationship, says Edmonton mayor

Aug 29 2018 — Beatrice Paez — The mayor of one of Canada’s biggest cities says Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to slash the size of Toronto’s city council shows an imbalanced relationship between provincial and municipal governments, but he isn’t worried that his city is next on the chopping block. “It’s a Toronto-specific issue. But what is coming as a surprise […]

Saudi spat with Canada could be ‘proxy’ for U.S. quarrels with Trudeau government, experts say

Aug 13 2018 — Beatrice Paez — Saudi Arabia’s “extreme” response to Canada’s tweet deploring its human rights record would not have been made without the knowledge of the White House and could be a proxy for the United States’ own frustrations with Ottawa, say political observers. “I think they had to have the green light from the Trump administration,” says Jabeur […]