National Newswatch

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, […]

Federal government has spent $2.3M to house asylum seekers in Toronto hotels, some rooms still booked until January

Nov 22 2018 — Maura Forrest — The federal government has paid nearly $2.3 million to house asylum seekers in Toronto hotels from August to the end of October, after the city complained earlier this year that its shelter system was overflowing from the influx of refugee claimants. Ottawa will continue to rent some hotel rooms until Jan. 4 for asylum seekers […]

‘I think she’s better than that’: Jagmeet Singh takes back Saudi oil comments, takes aim at Notley

Aug 13 2018 — Maura Forrest — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hitting back at Rachel Notley after coming under scathing criticism from the Alberta premier last week for comments he made about oil imports from Saudi Arabia. “I know that Premier Notley’s in a tough political fight. But I’ve always felt and I believe that personal attacks are beneath her,” […]

Canadians, not Mexicans, represent largest number of visa overstays in the U.S., according to Department of Homeland Security

Aug 9 2018 — Maura Forrest — U.S. President Donald Trump may want to build a wall along the Mexican border, but, in recent years, studies suggest the majority of unauthorized immigrants settling in the U.S. have arrived legally — not by crossing the border unlawfully. And according to a new U.S. government report, the largest group of people who enter the […]

Changes would be ‘disastrous’ for ‘have-nots’: N.B. premier criticizes calls for equalization reform

Jun 27 2018 — Maura Forrest — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is pushing back against calls from Alberta and Saskatchewan to reform Canada’s equalization program, saying changes to the formula would be “disastrous” for his province and others. “Every province has benefited at one point from equalization… which means that it is a program that has helped all provinces and all […]