National Newswatch

AFN losing credibility after controversial suspension of its national chief, say Indigenous advocates

Jun 27 2022 — Chelsea Nash — In the wake of the Assembly of First Nations’ controversial decision to recently suspend its first woman national chief, Indigenous advocates say the controversy could tank the AFN for good. RoseAnne Archibald was suspended on June 17 after she spoke out publicly about what she considers “fictitious attacks” against her by AFN staff. In a […]

Feds won’t say if they will implement chief electoral officer’s call to make spread of election misinformation illegal

Jun 19 2022 — Chelsea Nash — The government won’t say if it plans to take up the Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault’s recent recommendation to make the spread of disinformation about the electoral process illegal. In response to a list of detailed questions asking whether the government had plans to follow through on this recommendation or any of the other […]

Indigenous advocates won’t turn down visit by UN special rapporteur, but are focused on need for criminal prosecution for residential school abuses

Jun 5 2022 — Chelsea Nash — Indigenous leaders want justice for the abuses that took place in residential schools, and say they won’t get it from yet another visit from the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous people to Canada. Nonetheless, at the urging of the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations RoseAnne Archibald, UN special rapporteur […]

Conservative caucus rallies around Scheer; Bernier knew unity would have been tough for him, says Clement

May 31 2017 — Chelsea Nash — Despite his tight victory, Conservative caucus members say they are unified in their support for new party leader Andrew Scheer, something Maxime Bernier was anticipating to be a challenge for him had he won, according to an MP who worked on his campaign. Tony Clement (Parry Sound-Muskoka, Ont.), who initially ran for the leadership himself […]

CPC leadership: Bernier’s to lose? Not quite, say insiders

May 24 2017 — Chelsea Nash — Though Maxime Bernier is the apparent frontrunner in the Conservative leadership race, insiders say the voting system still means a Bernier win is not a foregone conclusion. While Michael Chong’s campaign and Chris Alexander say they see paths to victory for themselves, Deepak Obhrai’s campaign manager says she expects him to be dropped on the […]

Niki Ashton gains support of Manitoba NDP leader, Charlie Angus woos Yukon leader

May 10 2017 — Chelsea Nash — Provincial and territorial NDP leaders are beginning to play a role in the ongoing leadership race, the latest fundraising numbers show. Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, Man.) has earned the support of the interim provincial leader in her home province, Flor Marcelino. Ms. Marcelino made a $200 contribution to Ms. Ashton’s campaign on March 11. “She’s […]

Stéphane Dion says he ‘may have’ been Phoenixed during transition to foreign service

May 3 2017 — Chelsea Nash — It looks like even former foreign ministers aren’t immune to payroll difficulties with the government’s new Phoenix pay system. Ambassador-designate Stéphane Dion said he “may have” encountered pay difficulties as a result of complications with the government pay system Phoenix. Answering questions from reporters Tuesday, Mr. Dion said “I’m now a civil servant. I share […]