National Newswatch

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 […]