National Newswatch

Firearms group to face censure as it ramps up anti-Liberal ad campaign

Feb 21 2021 — David Akin — A House of Commons committee will be asked Monday to censure the National Firearms Association (NFA) over comments the association’s president made in a recent conference call, Global News has learned. In the meantime, the NFA has been preparing since July to run “custom attack ads” against Liberal members of Parliament it hopes to help […]

Prime Minister Trudeau rejects plea from premiers to release details of vaccine contracts

Feb 4 2021 — David Akin — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected appeals from the country’s provincial and territorial premiers Thursday to release details of the contracts the federal government has signed with various vaccine manufacturers. Trudeau and the premiers held a First Ministers Meeting (FMM) by teleconference late Thursday afternoon, the 26th such call since the pandemic began.

Vaccine distribution, Washington riots are top topics during Trudeau call with premiers

Jan 8 2021 — David Akin — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s provincial and territorial premiers met via teleconference Thursday afternoon for about an hour — and improving vaccine distribution was the top topic. But they also turned their attention to the recent events in Washington, D.C. “(The prime minister) emphasized the need to work together to keep our democracy […]

Coronavirus: New records detail Ottawa’s ‘bold aggressive’ strategy to buy vaccines and PPE

Dec 1 2020 — David Akin — A controversial decision to give the federal government’s procurement department the power to sole-source contracts worth up to $500 million was — and remains — a core element of the “bold, aggressive action” that procurement minister Anita Anand was encouraged to take earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, even as she was […]

Information commissioner slams RCMP for access-to-information failures, calls for ‘urgent’ action

Nov 17 2020 — David Akin — Parliament’s information commissioner said Canada’s federal police force needs an “urgent … change of course” when it comes to handling requests made to it under the federal Access to Information Act. Commissioner Caroline Maynard had launched a special investigation of the RCMP for repeated and systemic violations of the Access to Information Act.