National Newswatch

Let the bargaining begin: Trudeau knows our priorities, Singh says

Sep 21 2021 — Catharine Tunney — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well aware of the NDP’s priorities if he’s looking for a dance partner during the upcoming Parliament. While some ridings are still too close to call, the Liberals will once again form a minority government, meaning that, despite making just incremental gains, the NDP has […]

Between violence and vandalism, the parties are experiencing a very ugly campaign

Sep 17 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canadian Anti-Hate Network says it’s the worst campaign in recent memory for far-right activity. The three main parties say they’ve experienced ugly incidents on the campaign trail, ranging from vandalism to assault. Some party operatives say it’s the nastiest campaign they’ve ever experienced. One high-profile incident happened earlier this month when someone threw gravel at […]

Trudeau says he’s ‘pretty frustrated’ by the Raj Saini scandal

Sep 5 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Sunday he will be reflecting on what should have been done differently in the case of former Liberal candidate Raj Saini, who ended his bid for re-election after a series of allegations of unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate comments were made public last week. “I’m pretty frustrated about the whole […]

Municipalities ask Ottawa for billions of dollars to protect themselves from climate change

Aug 27 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The group representing more than 2,000 municipalities is asking for billions of dollars from the federal government to help cities and towns protect themselves from climate-related events as wildfires, floods, heat waves and droughts increase in intensity. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities told CBC News the large sum would help communities become more resilient, reducing […]

Here’s what the main federal parties are promising seniors

Aug 22 2021 — Catharine Tunney — When Albert Smith, 68, goes to the grocery store for vegetables, it’s straight to the frozen food aisle. “We cannot have fresh produce, it’s too expensive,” he said. The Saskatchewan man said his rent and bills are paid every month with help from the Old Age Security, but there’s little left afterwards. “You stay at […]

Border workers vote to strike, putting Canada’s reopening plans at risk

Jul 27 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s reopening plans could be hindered as thousands of border officers gird themselves for possible strike action. The two unions representing more than 8,500 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees announced this morning that the majority of their members have given them a strike mandate. That means they could begin strike action as soon as […]

Thousands of Afghan contractors, family members could be eligible to resettle in Canada, says minister

Jul 23 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government is promising to resettle more Afghan interpreters and other workers who helped the Canadian Armed Forces during the war — people now in danger of being killed by a resurgent Taliban. Today, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino and his cabinet colleagues announced the launch of a new resettlement program for interpreters who worked […]

State actors could use blackmail, threats to influence voters, politicians in the next election, CSIS warns

Jul 22 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s spy agency says state actors may attempt to blackmail voters and pressure politicians in order to influence the outcome of the next election. The warning is contained in a special report on foreign interference threats, which charts some of the tactics the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has observed over the years. Its publication comes […]