National Newswatch

Students launch online campaign to scrap student loan interest charges

May 21 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — A group representing hundreds of thousands of students across Canada has launched an online campaign calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to make billions of dollars in student loans interest-free. In a series of Facebook ads, the Canadian Federation of Students says the federal government shouldn’t be profiting from student loans and should follow […]

MPs to lobby U.S. counterparts on impact of Trump tax in Canada

May 14 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The plight of thousands of Canadian residents facing massive bills as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax reform, will be on the agenda when a committee of MPs and senators heads to Washington this week. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, co-chair of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, said the top priority when Canadian lawmakers […]

Ontario parties already ‘microtargeting’ voters online as official campaign start approaches

May 7 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are pitching at Donald Trump supporters with Facebook ads. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are directing ads at Facebook users based on their ages and where they live. Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, meanwhile, seem to be running few, if any, Facebook ads. The social media battle already underway just below the surface […]

Trudeau government should help those hit by Trump tax: MPs

May 2 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government should be doing more to help thousands of Canadian residents being hit hard by U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax reform, say opposition critics. “This is destroying the retirement plans of many Canadians who have used these corporations, often as part of their tax planning for their retirement,” said New Democrat […]

RCMP knew about Atwal’s invitation earlier than previously revealed

Apr 24 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were aware far earlier than previously revealed that a man once convicted of attempted murder had been invited to a reception in India with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In a document quietly tabled in Parliament Monday, the government said the RCMP first learned on Feb. 20 that Jaspal Atwal had […]

Trudeau government boosts funding for environment, immigration

Apr 17 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Environment, immigration, trains and those who fight gender-based violence will be getting a lot more money in the year to come, according to detailed spending plans tabled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government Monday. A review of the main estimates for the coming year also shows that the government will be spending a lot less […]

Trudeau breaks his silence on exchange of gifts with Aga Khan

Mar 27 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke his silence today on the latest twist in the Aga Khan scandal, saying he received an overnight bag from the Ismaili Muslim leader during his vacation on his private island in the Bahamas. In exchange, Trudeau gave the Aga Khan a sweater, the prime minister said during a raucous exchange […]

Ethics loophole keeps Aga Khan’s gifts to Trudeau family secret

Mar 27 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — An apparent loophole in the federal government’s ethics rules may prevent Canadians from ever knowing what gifts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family received from the Aga Khan during their controversial vacation on his private island in the Bahamas, CBC News has learned. Trudeau’s office says he doesn’t have to tell Canadians about the […]

AG goes after ‘spousal expenses’ in critical report on Crown corporation

Mar 16 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s office has found “significant deficiencies” in the way a federal Crown corporation has been run — citing, among other things, $11,000 in “spousal expenses” charged to the corporation in 2016. In a special examination of the Great Lake Pilotage Authority, Ferguson’s office also found expense account receipts were missing and the […]

Split tax information sharing plan from budget bill, says critic

Mar 2 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — A controversial proposal to give the Canadian government more powers to share confidential tax return information with police in foreign countries should be broken out of the budget and tabled separately in the House of Commons, said Conservative revenue critic Pat Kelly. “We should have an opportunity to debate it separately and at committee hear […]

G7 summit cost tops $200 million in budget estimates

Feb 12 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Hosting top world leaders at the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec’s picturesque Charlevoix region is expected to cost Canadian taxpayers $224.6 million dollars. According to spending estimates tabled in the House of Commons Monday, the price tag for hosting the gathering of world leaders, and the meetings leading up to it, will be steep. Security […]