National Newswatch

Liberals continue spending frenzy on eve of election call: $2.8B last week

Aug 26 2019 — David Akin — Federal Liberal ministers and MPs continued their cross-country spending announcement tour last week, making 277 spending commitments on everything from fixing up bus stops in London, Ont., to building new dressing rooms at a hockey rink in western P.E.I., to funding a youth exchange program to be run by Tides Canada. Those 277 spending commitments […]

ANALYSIS: For Trudeau and the Liberals, a tie in the polls is as good as a win

Aug 20 2019 — David Akin — The numbers hardly budged. Polling firm Ipsos jumped into the field last week immediately after Parliament’s ethics commissioner Mario Dion found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had violated the Conflict of Interest Act (again) by trying to influence former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in favour of Montreal construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

Trudeau cannot just order Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou to go free — or can he?

Jun 28 2019 — David Akin — Former prime minister Jean Chretien and one of his former ministers, John McCallum, have been publicly and privately musing that Canada should just start patching things up with China by releasing Meng Wanzhou. “I think it’s shocking,” said University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran. “I think that’s absolutely inappropriate. If they want to make […]

In ‘urgent letter’, six premiers tell Trudeau national unity would be threatened if bills C-48, C-69 become law

Jun 10 2019 — David Akin — Six premiers asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday to change or bury two pieces of federal legislation that critics of both bills say could hurt Canada’s energy and natural resources sectors. The two bills are C-69, legislation that would change the way regulatory authorities evaluate and assess proposed new major resources projects, and C-48, […]