National Newswatch

Trans Mountain decision won’t affect NAFTA negotiations: Freeland

Aug 30 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Trans Mountain pipeline’s uncertain future in Canada will not impact intensified North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said as her team continues to hammer out a revised deal in Washington. “Absolutely not,” said Freeland when asked if a Federal Court of Appeal decision adds pressure to her work at […]

Liberals scrap controversial family reunification lottery, accepting more applications

Aug 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is dropping its controversial lottery system for reuniting immigrant families and reverting back to a first-come, first-served system following backlash from frustrated sponsors. On Monday, the federal government announced it will admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents under its reunification program in 2019, and 21,000 in 2020. To reach those […]

Man arrested following knife incident on Parliament Hill

Jul 23 2018 — Catharine Tunney — A 24-year-old man is in custody following what’s being described as an incident involving “a man with a knife” on Parliament Hill during the Changing of the Guard ceremony this morning. “An incident took place this morning at 10:15 on the lawns of Parliament Hill, during the Changing of the Guard parade,” said a statement […]

Construction could push Canada Day festivities off Parliament Hill for years

Jul 8 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The upcoming construction on the Parliament buildings could put a crimp in party planning for Canada Day over the next few years. Officials with Canadian Heritage have warned Minister Mélanie Joly that the planned renovations to Parliament Hill’s Centre Block and East Block buildings will eat into the available space to host the annual celebration, […]

RCMP watchdog agency hit with harassment allegations

Jul 5 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The watchdog body set up to monitor the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for wrongdoing has been rocked by its own allegations of workplace harassment. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, which investigates the public’s complaints against the RCMP, launched an investigation after hearing allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour from within its own ranks, CBC News […]

Trudeau calls Trump 2 days before Canadian tariffs take effect to say Canada ‘had no choice’ but to act

Jun 29 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Two days before Canada’s retaliatory tariffs against U.S. steel, aluminum and some consumer goods are set to take effect, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by phone explaining Canada had no choice but to act. According to a readout of the call provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau began the […]

Number of police officers per Canadian hits 13-year low, Goodale told

Jun 27 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The number of police officers per capita is at a 13-year low in Canada, putting us behind our international allies, according to a memo drafted for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “Canada has one of the lowest rates of police per capita among industrialized countries,” reads the briefing note prepared by Public Safety staff and […]

Marijuana bill inches closer to passage with House vote

Jun 18 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Liberal government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana has cleared another vote in the House of Commons — but it still has to get a final stamp of approval from an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act but the Liberal government rejected several major […]

After delivering veiled takedown of U.S. protectionism, Freeland says NAFTA talks to continue through summer

Jun 14 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Even with tensions simmering between the U.S. and Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said today the two countries will continue to negotiate NAFTA through the summer. Freeland capped off a brief trip to Washington with a meeting with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this morning. She said the two agreed to continue NAFTA […]