National Newswatch

New RCMP union hopes to start salary bargaining by mid-March

Jan 7 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The head of the new union for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says he hopes to be at the bargaining table in just a few weeks, kicking off a process that could see policing costs rise in much of the country. National Police Federation President Brian Sauvé said RCMP members repeatedly have told the union […]

Parent and grandparent reunification program reopening postponed as Liberals look at new system

Dec 30 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Liberal government is postponing the next round of its widely criticized family reunification program while it looks into developing a new intake process, according to a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to apply to bring grandparents and parents to Canada. Critics have called the […]

Canada signs revised North American trade deal, clearing way for ratification

Dec 10 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Canada has signed a new agreement updating the North American free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States, clearing the way for the contentious pact’s long-awaited ratification. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Mexico City for the signing ceremony today following a last-minute flurry of conversations between the three countries to address lingering […]

Conservatives push Liberals to make a decision on Huawei

Dec 9 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Conservatives are urging the Liberal government to make a decision soon on whether Chinese tech giant Huawei will be allowed to join Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless network. The government has been reviewing the security implications of emerging 5G cellular network technology, which promises to be 10 to 20 times faster than existing wireless connections, […]

Canada’s cyber intelligence agency is helping the U.K. protect its election

Dec 7 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s foreign signals intelligence agency is on the lookout for threats to Britain’s election as the country heads into the final week of campaigning. Communications Security Establishment spokesperson Evan Koronewski said the agency regularly shares information with its international allies “that has a significant impact on protecting our respective countries’ safety and security.” “Regarding assistance […]

New public safety minister says Huawei 5G review ‘a priority’ but offers no timeline

Nov 21 2019 — Catharine Tunney — There’s still no timetable indicating when Canada will decide whether Chinese tech giant Huawei will be allowed to join Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless network, newly sworn-in Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Thursday. “I think there are some complex economic and security issues that need to be addressed,” Blair said outside of Rideau Hall last […]

Jagmeet Singh says NDP open to voting against throne speech

Nov 13 2019 — Catharine Tunney — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party could vote against the upcoming throne speech if it doesn’t offer commitments to parts of the party’s platform, including a universal pharmacare plan. “We are absolutely open to voting against the throne speech if it doesn’t include some of the priorities we know Canadians need,” he told reporters […]