National Newswatch

Canadian Museum of History’s CEO resigns amid probe into allegations of workplace harassment

Apr 8 2021 — Daniel Leblanc — The CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, who was at the centre of a workplace harassment investigation, has resigned just two months before his official retirement date. Mark O’Neill was the subject of a complaint last summer that prompted the investigation. Sources have told Radio-Canada that the complaint was related to O’Neill’s management style […]

Ottawa eyeing second-hand market to replace VIP and cargo fleet

Dec 22 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — The federal government is exploring the possibility of replacing its aging fleet of transportation planes as part of a planned bailout of the country’s battered airline industry, federal sources said. While plans to replace the Canadian Armed Forces’ five CC-150 Polaris aircraft have been in the works for years, government officials said they have started […]

One of Justice Minister David Lametti’s donors gets a judicial appointment

Nov 19 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — A lawyer who contributed $2,900 to Justice Minister David Lametti’s Liberal nomination bid and riding association has received a judicial appointment, sources tell Radio-Canada. Montreal lawyer Philippe Bélanger was appointed to the bench through a lengthy process that caused tensions between the Prime Minister’s Office and Lametti’s office, sources said. One person involved in the […]

‘Political vetting’ of appointments threatens public faith in judiciary, says bar association

Nov 9 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — One of the country’s most prominent legal advocacy groups is criticizing the Trudeau government’s judicial appointment process, saying the “political vetting of candidates” could undermine Canadians’ trust in the judiciary. In an open letter dated Nov. 6, the Canadian Bar Association said the federal process is “open to speculation about political interference” — echoing opposition […]

Commons planning new security measures as MPs report threats of violence

Nov 6 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — The House of Commons is getting ready to boost security measures for MPs outside of the parliamentary precinct in response to growing concerns about the risk of political violence, sources tell Radio-Canada. The move comes after a series of incidents raised red flags with federal elected officials — including an attempt at a sidewalk “citizen’s […]

Ottawa adding new census questions on gender, Indigenous people, linguistic and ethnic minorities

Jul 16 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — The 2021 census will for the first time count transgender Canadians and include new questions designed to get better data on Indigenous communities, linguistic minorities and ethnic groups. According to federal officials, the new census questionnaires will address long-standing requests from groups who said the previous census questionnaire did not count everyone in their communities […]

Manitoba judge criticized for advising Liberal government on judicial appointments

May 5 2020 — Daniel Leblanc — Justice Colleen Suche of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has been rebuked by her superiors and the Canadian Judicial Council for inappropriately giving advice on judicial appointments to the federal government and her husband, Liberal MP Jim Carr. The CJC investigated Justice Suche’s role in federal appointments after The Globe and Mail revealed in […]