National Newswatch

Senate delay on sex assault training for judges bill ‘makes my blood boil’: Ambrose

Oct 21 2017 — Catharine Tunney — In the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s meteoric downfall over sexual misconduct allegations and the rise of the #metoo campaign, former interim leader Rona Ambrose said it’s frustrating the Senate still hasn’t passed her bill mandating sexual assault training for judges. “It makes my blood boil, to be honest, because it’s really about creating […]

Morneau asks to meet with ethics watchdog as controversy swirls

Oct 17 2017 — Catharine Tunney — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has asked for a meeting with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to ask for guidance on his personal assets and holdings in wake of an escalating controversy questioning whether his personal wealth is being ethically managed given his cabinet role. CBC News first reported that for two years Morneau […]

Brad Wall pits West against Ottawa as Energy East project killed

Oct 5 2017 — Catharine Tunney — TransCanada is closing the book on its proposed Energy East pipeline, but the political fallout is just beginning to ramp up with Conservatives trying to hammer the Liberals down on their “disastrous” energy policies and Saskatchewan’s premier going so far as to question the West’s role in the federation. On Thursday, the company announced it […]

296 Canadians have asked government for help in wake of Hurricane Irma

Sep 9 2017 — Catharine Tunney — Officials say nearly 300 Canadians have reached out to the Canadian government for help as Hurricane Irma turns its force on Florida after cutting a path of destruction through the Caribbean. “We have people who are stuck in a country or an island who just can’t get out,” said one Global Affairs Canada official. “There […]

Trudeau ‘not working hard enough’ on NAFTA file, says Scheer

Jul 22 2017 — Catharine Tunney — The leader of the Official Opposition is calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “mishandling” the North American Free Trade Agreement file, less than a month before negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico get underway. “I’ve always been worried about Justin Trudeau’s attitude towards trade. We saw during the softwood lumber negotiations that he failed […]

Freeland ‘cautiously optimistic’ after hearing Pence’s ‘win-win-win’ comment

Jul 15 2017 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s top diplomat says she’s cautiously optimistic about U.S. intentions for the North American Free Trade Agreement after hearing Vice-President Mike Pence call modernization a “win-win-win” situation. But just days before the U.S. is expected to release its trading objectives, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland still won’t say whether she thinks President Donald Trump is […]

Bob Rae to Justin Trudeau: ‘Constitutions are never closed’

Jun 3 2017 — Catharine Tunney — Bob Rae, a lead negotiator during the 1992 Charlottetown Accord talks and the man who oversaw the federal Liberal Party before Justin Trudeau took over, has some words for the prime minister: don’t shut the door on constitutional conversations. This week, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced plans to start a cross-country dialogue on Quebec’s role […]