National Newswatch

There’s no path to net-zero without nuclear power, says O’Regan

Sep 19 2020 — Chris Hall — Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan says Canadians have to be open to the idea of more nuclear power generation if this country is to meet the carbon emissions reduction targets it agreed to five years ago in Paris. O’Regan spoke to CBC’s The House in advance of next week’s speech from the throne, which […]

Trudeau says he doesn’t want an election – but not everyone buys it

Sep 5 2020 — Chris Hall — The prime minister insisted all this week that he doesn’t want an election — but even with two recent public opinion polls suggesting the Liberals’ lead is evaporating, not everyone is convinced. Justin Trudeau did the rounds of news outlets from one end of the country to the other, defending his decision to prorogue Parliament […]

Jagmeet Singh tallies up the price for NDP to support fall throne speech

Aug 22 2020 — Chris Hall — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s not looking to force an election this fall if the Liberal government follows through on commitments to help women and other marginalized groups affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. Topping the list is child care, Singh said in an interview airing Saturday on CBC’s The House. “Right now, the pressing […]

Andrew Scheer warns Conservatives not to take party unity for granted

Aug 15 2020 — Chris Hall — Andrew Scheer says whoever succeeds him as Conservative leader next weekend will have to deal directly with the growing sense of Western alienation that’s spawned the Wexit movement and talk of separation in Alberta. “I do think that there’s a real angst out there, there’s a real sentiment of frustration and people are getting ready […]

Breaking down Canada’s latest Security Council election loss

Jun 20 2020 — Chris Hall — Reactions this week to Canada’s failure to secure a spot on the UN Security Council ran the gamut — depending on who you were asking, or your political stripe. Some (Conservatives, mostly) called it a waste of time and money — a failed vanity project for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Others (Liberals, mostly) argued the […]

Kevin Page isn’t buying the government’s excuse for withholding a fiscal update

Jun 13 2020 — Chris Hall — Canada’s first parliamentary budget officer says the Liberal government has no good reason to withhold a fiscal update — not even the economic uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview airing Saturday, Kevin Page told CBC’s The House that the British government has been providing monthly spending updates since tabling a budget in […]

Why the G7 summit could be a mess — and why Trudeau should go anyway

Jun 11 2020 — Chris Hall — In any ordinary year, the annual G7 summit would be in full swing this week, with leaders from that select group of industrialized nations conferring collegially on the biggest challenges facing the world and what they intend to do about them. This is no ordinary year, of course. And with U.S. President Donald Trump hosting […]

Senator says Canada has its own ‘pandemic of racism’ to deal with

Jun 6 2020 — Chris Hall — A Nova Scotia senator says Canada must confront its own “pandemic of racism” as demonstrators continue to flood city streets around the world to condemn the death of another unarmed black man in police custody in the United States. George Floyd died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pinned him to the ground for […]

This expert is alarmed by Canada’s failure to collect race-based pandemic data

May 30 2020 — Chris Hall — One of this country’s leading experts on the social causes of disease argues Canada’s failure to collect race-based data on COVID-19 infections amounts to discrimination by “neglect”. “Discrimination is is not necessarily about what you do. It’s often about what you don’t do,” Dr. Kwame McKenzie said in an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s […]

Our dismal relationship with China just got a whole lot worse

May 28 2020 — Chris Hall — Meng Wanzhou lost the first round in her bid to avoid extradition to the United States on Wednesday. But it’s clear the B.C. court ruling doesn’t help the Trudeau government much either. Relations between Canada and China are arguably at their lowest point since the prime minister’s father was prime minister and established diplomatic ties […]

Chris Hall: the pandemic recession is placing a new burden on women

May 9 2020 — Chris Hall — The April employment figures released on Friday were every bit as staggering as the experts predicted. More than two million people lost their jobs last month because of COVID-19 — the largest monthly drop ever — after another million jobs were shed in March. But those numbers give only a partial view of the devastation […]