National Newswatch

Conservatives ask lobbying commissioner to investigate contacts by former Liberal minister Sheila Copps

Apr 1 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The Conservatives are asking the commissioner of lobbying to investigate if former Liberal Minister Sheila Copps broke the law last spring when she reached out to the government regarding a COVID-19 “procurement opportunity”. But Copps told the National Post that she ran any personal protection equipment (PPE) purchasing discussions she had with government by the […]

‘Shocked, astonished, horrified’: WE’s dubious fundraising methods could have negative impact on other charities

Mar 1 2021 — Christopher Nardi — Canadians experienced “extraordinary changes in their economic well-being” during the pandemic as they gained thousands of dollars more from COVID-19 support payments than they lost in wages, according to new data from Statistics Canada. During one three month period last year, young and middle-aged households generally gained around $3,000 more through support measures, particularly the […]

Cannabis CEO sues federal government over decision to ‘incarcerate’ travellers in quarantine hotels

Feb 12 2021 — Christopher Nardi — From a house on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, the CEO of a Canadian cannabis company is asking the federal court to quash the Trudeau government’s “arbitrary and capricious” decision to “incarcerate” travellers returning to the country in quarantine hotels. “I personally woke up the morning that that was announced, and said ‘Holy s—, […]

Longtime friend had role in Julie Payette’s downfall by backing ‘toxic workplace’ findings

Feb 11 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The former top bureaucrat at Rideau Hall corroborated the findings of the damning workplace review that led to Julie Payette’s resignation, effectively tipping the scales against the former governor general, National Post has learned. Assunta di Lorenzo was a long-time friend of Payette’s when the governor general hired her as head of the Office of […]

Head of Radio-Canada apologizes for spending month of December in Miami, but won’t face disciplinary action

Jan 14 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The head of Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcaster, apologized but will not face disciplinary action for spending the month of December in Miami despite public health advice strongly discouraging travel. “As Canadians were strongly advised to avoid staying abroad, I understand the reaction to my trip. I am sincerely sorry and I […]

Head of Radio-Canada spent month of December in his Miami condo despite public health warnings

Jan 14 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The head of Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcaster, spent nearly the entire month of December working and vacationing in Miami, despite public health advice strongly discouraging travel, the National Post has learned. Michel Bissonnette, CBC/Radio-Canada’s executive vice-president of French Services and the public broadcaster’s second-in-command, went to his condo — located right […]

Airline association says its ‘frustrated’ by federal government’s new ‘rushed’ COVID testing rules

Jan 2 2021 — Christopher Nardi — Canada’s largest airline association says it is “frustrated” and fears the “uncertainty” created by the federal government’s “rushed approach” to impose an obligatory negative COVID-19 test to all travellers flying into Canada starting next week. “We’ve been calling on the government now for over the past six months to work with industry to implement the […]

Lobbying watchdog says three cases have been sent to RCMP for criminal investigation since start of pandemic

Nov 28 2020 — Christopher Nardi — The federal lobbying watchdog says she has referred three files to the RCMP for criminal investigation since the beginning of the pandemic in a year that has seen a significant uptick in lobbying. “Since April 2020, I have opened 16 preliminary assessments, and currently have five ongoing investigations. Also since April, I have referred three […]

RCMP cancel nearly $20,000 contract after watchdog warns it was awarded to employee with insider information

Nov 5 2020 — Christopher Nardi — The RCMP cancelled a nearly $20,000 contract after the federal procurement ombudsman warned that it had been awarded to one of the force’s own employees who likely had insider information. On October 23, 2019, Canada’s federal police force signed an $18,600 (plus GST) contract with Meaghan Potter for janitorial services at its detachment in Deloraine, […]

Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery are ‘shockingly low,’ new report says

Oct 15 2020 — Christopher Nardi — Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery are “shockingly low,” particularly when compared to key allies such as the U.S., United Kingdom and France, a new report says. “There’s unfortunately a persistent belief that corruption is not something Canadian companies need to think about, either because some companies just don’t understand the risk, or worse, some […]

Procurement ombudsman opens investigation into six sole-source contracts awarded to WE by Trudeau government

Aug 21 2020 — Christopher Nardi — The federal procurement watchdog has launched an investigation into a series of sole-source government contracts awarded to the WE organization since 2017. In an email to National Post, Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) Alexander Jeglic’s office confirmed that it had launched an in-depth review of at least six non-competitive contracts that were awarded to WE.