National Newswatch

Canada’s NAFTA fears began before Trump became president

Feb 18 2019 — Elise von Scheel — No matter who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Canada was bracing for NAFTA to go down in flames. Internal documents, obtained by CBC News under access-to-information law, show the government started plotting out various “Plan B” options as early as August 2016 — months before Donald Trump was elected president.

Conservatives take flak over Heritage Minutes parody ad video

Feb 3 2019 — Elise von Scheel — The federal Conservative party temporarily deleted a political attack ad parodying the Heritage Minutes, after receiving a request from the organization that produces the historical TV segments, before re-posting the video with a disclaimer. The video, entitled Liberal Scandals: Part of Our Heritage, was posted to leader Andrew Scheer’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Saturday night.

Jane Philpott tapped to fill Treasury Board cabinet vacancy

Jan 13 2019 — Elise von Scheel — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has been chosen to fill the cabinet vacancy as president of the Treasury Board, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shake up his cabinet Monday morning, likely the last change before Canadians head to polls later this year. The shift was prompted by a resignation from the […]

Canada’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa to discuss trade, competitiveness

Dec 9 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Finance ministers from Canada’s provinces and territories are meeting with their federal counterpart in Ottawa to discuss the country’s economy, competitiveness and trade. Topics will also include the global economy, the Canada Pension Plan, a review of the efficacy of the cannabis tax, and countering tax evasion. The meetings began Sunday night, and will carry […]

Government to pledge $400 million for transport projects in Canada’s North

Nov 19 2018 — Elise von Scheel — The federal government is set to announce funding to help improve the remote roads, airports and bridges of Canada’s North. On Monday, Transport Canada will begin a call for proposals for funding to tackle transportation challenges in the territories The National Trade Corridors Fund will dedicate $2 billion over 11 years to beef up Canadian […]

Scheer urges Liberals to set date for balanced budget

Nov 18 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of breaking promises and robbing future generations, the Conservatives stepped up pressure on the government to release a date for a balanced budget at a news conference on Sunday. Next year isn’t just the federal election; it’s also the year that Trudeau initially promised he’d bring the federal books out […]

Trudeau ‘deeply disappointed’ by cuts to Ontario French services

Nov 18 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s disconcerted by Ontario’s decision to slash French services in the province. “I was deeply disappointed by the decision of the Ontario government to cut services and protections for the francophone minorities in Ontario,” he said at a press conference at the tail end of his trip to Papua New […]

Carbon tax could be coming to the U.S., congressman says

Nov 3 2018 — Elise von Scheel — A price on carbon could be on the to-do list for the incoming U.S. Congress. Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that climate change is a “hoax” (a claim he later retracted) and his assurances that the planet “will change back again,” one congressman tells CBC News there’s a consensus growing in the House of Representatives […]

‘They’re wrong’: Freeland rejects claim USMCA ties Canada’s hands on trade

Oct 20 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that anyone who thinks the new trilateral North American trade agreement limits Canada’s trade sovereignty is misguided. Freeland told Chris Hall, host of CBC Radio’s The House, that the section of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that lays out the rules for making pacts with “non-market” countries won’t limit Canada’s […]

Kentucky governor accuses Canada of using tariffs as a ‘money grab’

Oct 13 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Ask Canadian officials and they’ll say the counter-tariffs Ottawa imposed on American products were a dollar-for-dollar response to U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum. Kentucky’s Republican governor has his own theory: Canada did it to make money. “People can say it was for tit-for-tat, and maybe arguably so, but it’s a straight up […]