National Newswatch

Liberals to block opposition attempt to probe SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 9 2019 — Alex Boutilier and Bruce Campion-Smith — Wilson-Raybould has remained silent since the Globe and Mail reported Thursday that senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office pressed her to seek mediation instead of pursuing criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin. The former justice minister — who was moved from her post in January — has refused to confirm or deny the allegations, saying she […]

Trudeau skips meeting Belgian royalty, business delegation

Mar 12 2018 — Alex Boutilier and Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising diplomatic eyebrows for not meeting with Belgian royalty and business leaders during their week-long visit to Canada. Trudeau has no plans to meet with the Belgian royal couple, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, or their delegation of 150 business leaders, academics and political leaders, who arrived Sunday. While senior […]

Stephen Harper’s spat with Kathleen Wynne hurting Ontario’s economy, MPs say

Dec 5 2014 — Alex Boutilier and Bruce Campion-Smith — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “partisan” refusal to meet with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is undermining relations with the country’s biggest province and hindering efforts to kickstart its economy, opposition MPs say. “It’s a freeze out,” NDP MP Peggy Nash said Friday. “There’s a petulance to it that frankly I don’t understand.” It’s been a year […]

Defence ministry mum on review of moving expenses for retired Forces personnel

Feb 19 2014 — Alex Boutilier and Bruce Campion-Smith — Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s office was mum Tuesday on the details of a review into relocation benefits for retired Canadian Armed Forces members. Nicholson launched the review of the Integrated Relocation Program on Monday, shortly after details surfaced about the $72,000 bill for retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie’s Ottawa move.