National Newswatch

Federal NDP’s proposed ‘super-wealth tax’ could raise $70B over 10 years, budget watchdog finds

Sep 10 2019 — Maura Forrest — The NDP’s proposed wealth tax, a centrepiece of the party’s election platform, could raise nearly $70 billion over the next 10 years, Canada’s budget watchdog has found. The “super-wealth tax,” as the NDP is calling it, is similar to an idea promoted by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, and is part of the NDP’s […]

Ethics watchdog says he was denied access to evidence in SNC-Lavalin affair

Aug 14 2019 — Maura Forrest — Canada’s ethics watchdog says he was hampered in his investigation of the SNC-Lavalin affair by a decision of senior government officials to withhold information relevant to the case. In a scathing rebuke near the beginning of his 63-page report, released Wednesday morning, ethics commissioner Mario Dion detailed how he fought to access confidential information related […]

‘Unprincipled intrusion’: Alberta files legal arguments against federal carbon tax

Aug 3 2019 — Maura Forrest — The Alberta government has filed legal arguments in its constitutional challenge of the federal carbon tax, arguing Ottawa should not be granted new power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions in the provinces. Alberta’s factum, filed in the provincial Court of Appeal on Friday, responds directly to recent decisions from appellate courts in Saskatchewan and Ontario upholding […]

There’s a debate over Canada’s new definition of anti-Semitism, and it might sound strangely familiar

Jun 28 2019 — Maura Forrest — You could be forgiven for having missed the fact that Canada has adopted a formal definition of anti-Semitism. It was included as part of the government’s new anti-racism strategy, announced by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez earlier this week, in a list of terminology toward the end. “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may […]

Well-known former imam wins Liberal nomination in Montreal riding, becoming its first non-Italian nominee

May 28 2019 — Maura Forrest — A former imam who gained international attention for speaking at a funeral for victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting has won the Liberal nomination in the Montreal riding of Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, the first time the party has nominated a non-Italian in the Liberal stronghold. Hassan Guillet said the Liberals were reluctant to have him run […]

One week after losing Vancouver Island seat to Green Party, NDP’s Singh changes tune, says he opposes fracking

May 13 2019 — Maura Forrest — In an about-face coming a week after his party lost a Vancouver Island seat to the Green Party, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he doesn’t support fracking and has concerns about a major liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia. Singh, who has previously voiced support for LNG Canada’s $40-billion natural gas export facility […]

Tory immigration critic Michelle Rempel aims for middle ground between Liberals and Bernier

May 2 2019 — Maura Forrest — Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel told reporters on Thursday that she wants Canada’s immigration system to run “seamlessly, quietly and efficiently,” as she tried to build a narrative that the Tories will deliver a common-sense approach to immigration in the face of polarizing rhetoric from the left and the far right. It was the latest […]

Could the Liberal caucus turf Justin Trudeau, if they wanted to? Maybe, but not easily

Mar 5 2019 — Maura Forrest — Since Jane Philpott’s resignation from cabinet on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remaining ministers have rallied around him, declaring he still has their support. Many backbench MPs have also said they still have faith in the prime minister, despite the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Still, there are some rumblings of uncertainty. On Tuesday morning, […]

Trudeau goes on the attack after former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s shock resignation

Feb 12 2019 — Maura Forrest — Trudeau said if anyone in the cabinet thought anything improper had happened, they had a duty to raise it with him at the time, and Wilson-Raybould never did. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on the offensive Tuesday evening after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden resignation from cabinet. In his strongest statement to date, Trudeau […]

‘He knows the rules’: NDP MP cries foul over Trudeau fundraising video shot in PM’s parliamentary office

Jan 5 2019 — Maura Forrest — NDP MP Charlie Angus is criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for shooting an end-of-year fundraising video in his office on Parliament Hill, in violation of rules that prevent MPs from using parliamentary resources to raise money. The video, posted to Trudeau’s Facebook page on Dec. 28, shows the prime minister in his Centre Block office, […]