National Newswatch

Probe report on Hassan Diab’s extradition to France to be released this week

Jul 23 2019 — David Cochrane — The Department of Justice will this week release the findings of an external probe into Hassan Diab’s extradition to France following allegations of involvement in a 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue, sources familiar with the department’s plans tell CBC News. A department spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the information, but multiple sources briefed on the department’s […]

Pharmacare plan presents fiscal problems that go beyond the price tag

Jun 14 2019 — David Cochrane — The federal Liberals will face some difficult financial choices if they plan to implement Dr. Eric Hoskins’ pharmacare plan as it’s written: they can either convince some provinces to take smaller transfers than others, or double the cost of the program by treating all provinces the same. Hoskins estimates the annual price tag for a […]

Scheer strips Tory MP of committee role after confrontation with Muslim witness

Jun 1 2019 — David Cochrane — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has stripped MP Michael Cooper of his spot on the House of Commons justice committee as punishment for Cooper’s angry confrontation with a Muslim witness in hearings dedicated to online hate. Earlier this week, Cooper told Fasial Khan Suri he should be “ashamed” after he drew a link between “conservative commentators” […]

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.