National Newswatch

Public affairs firm, executive sue Freedom Convoy lawyer for $2M over Nazi flag claim

Dec 21 2022 — Christopher Nardi — A Toronto public affairs firm and its senior executive are suing Freedom Convoy lawyer Brendan Miller for $2 million, claiming his “absurd” allegation that Brian Fox paraded around with a Nazi flag during last winter’s protest in Ottawa was “character assassination.” “Mr. Miller’s claims that Mr. Fox and Enterprise Canada were involved in any way […]

Battle brews between CRA and the auditor general over COVID program payments

Dec 8 2022 — Christopher Nardi — “Partially agreed.” With two milquetoast words contained in the response to Auditor General Karen Hogan’s report on COVID-19 benefits published Tuesday, the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada sent a shock wave across the federal government. The organizations broke with the longstanding tradition of agreeing with all the auditor general’s recommendations, saying […]

Auditor general finds a ‘minimum’ of $27.4 billion in suspicious COVID benefit payments

Dec 6 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Canada’s auditor general says a “minimum” of $27.4 billion in suspicious COVID-19 benefit payments need to be investigated because the government did not manage the aid programs efficiently, and will likely fail to recover “significant” amounts in overpayments. That’s in addition to $4.6 billion in confirmed government overpayments throughout the half-dozen COVID-19 aid programs it […]

CRA clawing back $3.2B from 825,000 suspect COVID-19 aid applications, but that’s just the start

Nov 30 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Officials say the agency has already discovered about 25,000 cases of fraudulent payments tied to identity theft, ‘a scale we haven’t seen in the past.’ CRA is clawing back $3.2 billion in COVID-19 financial aid benefit overpayments, a staggering number that’s just the beginning of the agency’s monumental task of recouping billions in excessive or […]

‘Quite troubled’: MPs demand explanation from OPP over ‘wildly different’ statements on Freedom Convoy

Oct 25 2022 — Christopher Nardi — MPs unanimously voted to demand answers from the Ontario Provincial Police on its “wildly different” testimony about the security threat posed by the Freedom Convoy protests. In a rare show of parliamentary unity, members of all parties on the Commons public safety and national security committee approved a motion requiring an “immediate response” from the […]

CSIS worried convoy protests were being used as ‘recruiting ground’ for violent ‘hardened elements’

Oct 18 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Midway through the Freedom Convoy protests, Canada’s spy agency worried that they were being used as a “recruiting ground” for other causes but saw no sign of foreign threat actors supporting the movement. A first glimpse into assessments of the convoy by Canada’s secretive intelligence agencies is contained in a summary of a call between […]

Global Affairs Canada admits some costs on nearly $100k in-flight catering tab for GG trip were ‘problematic’

Sep 23 2022 — Christopher Nardi — The federal government admitted certain items on the nearly $100,000 in-flight catering bill for the governor general’s eight-day trip to Dubai in 2020 were “problematic” and is working to make sure it doesn’t happen again. “The costs were really shocking to all of us. We had eggs! We had omelettes!” deputy secretary to the Office […]

‘Horrified’: Witness testifies in the sexual assault trial of Dany Fortin, military officer in charge of vaccine rollout

Sep 19 2022 — Christopher Nardi — A witness in the sexual assault case against the senior military officer in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout says she was “horrified” and in “shock” to wake up to him allegedly assaulting her as she slept while they were both students at military college. The alleged victim was the first to testify in the […]

Freeland says she is focused on her ‘really big job,’ but does not deny rumour she’s eyeing top NATO role

Sep 7 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Freeland’s name has also swirled as a possible replacement as head of the Liberal Party of Canada when Trudeau eventually steps down. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says she “already” has a “really big job” but did not deny rumours that she could be in the running to become the next secretary general of the […]

Tory leadership committee originally advised not to approve Patrick Brown’s nomination

Jul 7 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Members of the Conservative leadership committee responsible for vetting candidates recommended back in the spring that Patrick Brown’s campaign application not be approved, National Post has learned. Multiple sources familiar with deliberations of the Conservative Party of Canada’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) told National Post that the members of its Leadership Candidate Nomination Committee […]

Quebec’s provincial Conservative Party surges as ‘protest vote’ against province’s heavy-handed government

Jul 6 2022 — Christopher Nardi — The most stringent COVID-19 public health measures may be a thing of the past (for now), but Parti Conservateur du Québec Leader Éric Duhaime still won’t stop harping on “freedom.” In fact on Tuesday, Duhaime released his party’s new slogan, “Libres chez nous” (which he translates to “freedom at home”) as it gears up for […]

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith ‘seriously considering’ Ontario Liberal leadership bid

Jun 9 2022 — Christopher Nardi — Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he is “seriously considering” running for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership as the party embarks on a rebuild after two devastating provincial election loses. “There’s no question I’m interested in helping to rebuild the party, and I’m seriously looking at the leadership,” Erskine-Smith said in an interview Thursday morning. “All […]

Federal ethics commissioner flooded with emails calling for investigation into WEF conspiracy

Jun 1 2022 — Christopher Nardi — The messages accuse Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and other MPs of being under the shadowy influence of the World Economic Forum. The federal ethics commissioner’s office was flooded with over 1,000 emails, calls, letters and even faxes this winter from people asking it to investigate a conspiracy theory claiming some parliamentarians and Finance Minister Chrystia […]