National Newswatch

Ottawa, N.L. reach deal on Atlantic Accord

Apr 1 2019 — David Cochrane — The Newfoundland and Labrador government and Ottawa have reached an agreement on a renewed Atlantic Accord, with the details set to be unveiled at 6 p.m. NT today at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s. The details are set to be jointly announced by Premier Dwight Ball and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, who played […]

Federal budget to target Canada-wide high speed internet by 2030

Mar 18 2019 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will roll out a multi-year plan in the federal budget to give all Canadians access to high-speed internet by 2030, CBC News has learned. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will outline the specifics in the budget on Tuesday. But a government source said the plan will be paid for with new […]

Budget 2019 will create ‘lifelong learning’ accounts: sources

Mar 14 2019 — David Cochrane — The federal government will establish personalized accounts to help Canadians pay for lifelong learning and skills development in next week’s budget, CBC News has learned. The specific details of the program weren’t shared with CBC, but two government sources say the government’s plan is modelled on a similar program in Singapore. The Singapore SkillsFuture program […]

Trudeau considering a statement of contrition over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 5 2019 — David Cochrane — Source said Trudeau had no warning of Philpott’s resignation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scrapped his public agenda and returned to Ottawa today for high-level discussions to plot next steps in the ongoing SNC Lavalin controversy — steps which may include Trudeau making some display of contrition over how officials in his office conducted themselves. A […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Friday

Feb 28 2019 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet on Friday to fill the vacancy created by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s departure over the SNC-Lavalin controversy. A high-level government source tells CBC News that the shuffle will be small involving no more than a handful of ministers. A second government source says some ministers have been called back […]

Under pressure: Inside an explosive week in the SNC-Lavalin controversy

Feb 23 2019 — David Cochrane — Before Jody Wilson-Raybould could state her case to her ex-cabinet colleagues on Tuesday, she first had to make her case directly to the prime minister. And so, on a frosty Ottawa morning, Wilson-Raybould and her former chief of staff Jessica Prince walked into the prime minister’s West Block offices for a private meeting with Justin […]

Inside SNC-Lavalin’s long lobbying campaign to change the sentencing rules

Feb 14 2019 — David Cochrane — Justin Trudeau’s government was just four months old when SNC-Lavalin came knocking on the door, looking for help. The stakes for the global construction and engineering firm were enormous. In 2015, federal prosecutors charged SNC-Lavalin with offering Libyan government officials $48 million in bribes and defrauding Libyan organizations of another $130 million.

Floor-crossing MP praised Trudeau government in weeks before departure

Sep 18 2018 — David Cochrane — Leona Alleslev heaped public and private praise on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior ministers in the weeks before she started a secret process to defect to the opposition Conservatives, according to an email and an audio recording obtained by CBC News. On July 11 — when Alleslev was part of the Canadian delegation […]

Doug Ford tilts the table away from Trudeau’s agenda

Jul 15 2018 — David Cochrane — When Canada’s premiers gather in New Brunswick for their annual summer meetings this week, the main event undoubtedly will be the debut of Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Officials from multiple provinces expect the country’s newest provincial leader to dominate the two days of meetings in scenic St. Andrews. “There’s no doubt people are waiting to […]

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Wednesday, source says

Jul 13 2018 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet next Wednesday as his government readies for the next election amid shifting federal-provincial relations, CBC News has learned. The Canadian Press reported earlier this week that a shuffle was coming within the next week. A source who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity confirmed the […]

Trudeau and Trump discuss speeding up NAFTA talks in meeting at G7

Jun 8 2018 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed accelerating NAFTA talks during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit of Friday. “The prime minister and the president had a very positive, productive meeting and it lasted longer than originally scheduled,”​ a senior government official, speaking on background, told reporters assembled at the G7 […]

Can Morneau keep his G7 gathering from being entirely about Trump?

May 30 2018 — David Cochrane — When Finance Minister Bill Morneau sits down with his G7 counterparts this week, his goal will be to push the principles outlined in his latest budget onto the international stage. But Morneau’s biggest obstacle in going global likely will be continental. The formal agenda for the meeting of G7 finance ministers and central bankers, running […]