National Newswatch

RCMP still missing deadlines for responding to watchdog complaints

May 8 2021 — Catharine Tunney — More than a year ago, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki signed a deal promising to respond to public complaints lodged with an independent oversight agency within six months. So far, she hasn’t responded to a single recommendation within that time frame, according to figures obtained by CBC News. The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the […]

Budget puts abortion access on the table in future health funding talks with provinces

Apr 20 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government says any future negotiations about boosting health funding to provinces will be tied to talks on sexual and reproductive health services — including abortion. That commitment was written into the Liberal government’s new budget, which Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled in the House of Commons Monday. “The government is committed to collaboration […]

Government House Leader calls for investigation into leaked photo of naked Liberal MP

Apr 15 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The government’s House leader is calling for an investigation to find out which MP shared a photo of a Quebec Liberal MP who appeared naked during a hybrid parliamentary session yesterday, calling the act potentially “criminal.” William Amos, who represents the western Quebec riding of Pontiac, appeared on screen without clothes moving around his office. […]

Threat of election interference likely higher now than in 2019: LeBlanc

Apr 14 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canadians should “assume” the threat of foreign interference likely will be higher in the next general election than it was in 2019, said President of the Queen’s Privy Council Dominic LeBlanc. “In the next general election in Canada, I think we should just assume that the threat environment and the threat context has increased since […]

State actors are looking to join political parties to ‘exert influence,’ chair of security committee warns

Apr 13 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Foreign governments are looking to meddle in Canada’s democratic institutions and the government’s foreign interference warning system should alert Canadians to state actors’ “traditional” election tricks, says the chair of one of Canada’s national security committees. Liberal MP David McGuinty, who has headed the secretive National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians since its inception, […]

Pandemic is fuelling foreign espionage in Canada, says security committee

Apr 12 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The pandemic is driving some foreign states to ramp up their espionage efforts against Canadian targets — including companies engaged in vaccine development — says a new report from one of Canada’s key national security oversight committees. The warning is found in the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians’s (NSICOP) annual report, which was […]

Federal government adding more hotels to its quarantine list

Mar 14 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government says it’s adding more quarantine hotels to its approved list to make sure enough rooms are available for returning travellers. It’s also warning travellers that if they can’t secure a room before they’re due to arrive in Canada, they should change their planned arrival dates if they don’t want to risk being […]

Federal government mistakenly sent ‘sensitive’ information to lawyer — and now wants it back in the box

Mar 12 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government failed to properly black out sensitive information during a recent Federal Court case — and now it wants that information back under cover. The incident is raising questions about how well equipped the federal border and immigration departments are to deal with national security cases during the pandemic. According to a recently […]

Canada’s spy agency wants more power. How would that work?

Feb 28 2021 — Catharine Tunney — The agency he runs fell afoul of the Federal Court — and now the country’s chief spy is intensifying his campaign for new powers and sounding the alarm about the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s ability to keep tabs on hostile foreign states. But civil liberties advocates are urging Parliament to be skeptical if it agrees […]