National Newswatch

Prime minister to testify at Emergencies Act inquiry

Oct 3 2022 — Glen McGregor — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be called to testify at hearings into the government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to end anti-mandate protests earlier this year. The Public Order Emergency Commission, led by former Ontario Superior Court justice Paul Rouleau, is scheduled to begin hearings next week, with the mandate to assess the government’s […]

NDP calls out Poilievre and Conservatives for opposing kids dental benefit while MPs enjoy comprehensive coverage

Sep 28 2022 — Glen McGregor — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says it’s “ridiculous” that Conservative MPs will vote against a proposed dental benefit for children in low-income families when they enjoy far more comprehensive dental care coverage for their own families. “Conservative MPs are planning to vote against giving kids dental care when their leader has had publicly-paid dental care for […]

Poilievre personally holds investment in Bitcoin as he promotes crypto to Canadians

May 17 2022 — Glen McGregor — Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has a personal financial interest in cryptocurrencies that he has promoted during his campaign as a hedge against inflation. The Ottawa-area MP’s assets include units of Purpose Bitcoin, a Canadian-based, exchange-traded fund that holds cryptocurrencies, according to his May 4 disclosure to the federal ethics commissioner. Poilievre’s campaign denied […]

Poilievre defends investments in rental properties while campaigning to address housing affordability

Apr 21 2022 — Glen McGregor — Even as he decries government policies for pushing up the cost of housing, Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is defending investments he and his wife made in rental properties of the kind that some economists say contribute to rising real estate prices. Poilievre co-owns a real estate investment company that owns a rental property in […]

Transport Canada investigating whether Freedom Convoy supporters aboard flight were screened for vaccination

Mar 15 2022 — Glen McGregor — Transport Canada is looking into a chartered flight that brought supporters of the so-called Freedom Convoy from Western Canada to Ottawa last month, to ensure passengers were properly screened for COVID-19 vaccination. According to one of the passengers on the flight, some of those aboard were not vaccinated, an apparent violation of the federal government […]

Conservative senator MacDonald derides Ottawa residents in video

Feb 21 2022 — Glen McGregor — A Conservative senator from Nova Scotia was seen on a video deriding the response of people who live in Ottawa to recent protests, saying he’s sick of their entitlement and “six-figure salaries and 20-hour work weeks.” In the video recorded near Parliament Hill, Sen. Michael MacDonald expressed support for the protesters who occupied Ottawa for […]

Bergen pushed O’Toole to back convoy saying there are ‘good people on both sides’: sources

Feb 4 2022 — Glen McGregor — Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen pushed predecessor Erin O’Toole to show support for the Freedom Convoy protest, arguing last week there are “good people on both sides,” an echo of the phrase made infamous by former U.S. president Donald Trump after a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. Bergen also told O’Toole […]

Donors raise $3.7 million for truckers protesting vaccine mandate

Jan 25 2022 — Glen McGregor — Truck drivers protesting against the vaccine mandate at the border have raised more than $3.7 million from donors around the world but the fundraising platform GoFundMe has temporarily stopped organizers from using the money. The Freedom Convoy 2022 aims to bring truckers from across the country and the U.S. to Ottawa to protest new rules […]

Killer Luka Magnotta seeks transfer from maximum-security prison

Jan 11 2022 — Glen McGregor — Convicted killer Luka Magnotta is taking the federal government to court to compel his transfer out of a maximum-security prison in Quebec to a medium-security facility. Magnotta is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 2012 killing of Chinese student Jun Lin in Montreal. The grisly killing, with acts of necrophilia and cannibalism […]

Prime minister’s mother spoke at event hosted by organization that received federal funding for jobs program

Oct 25 2021 — Glen McGregor — An organization that received $5.8 million from the federal government to help job seekers from under-represented communities is refusing to say if it paid the prime minister’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, to speak at an event it held this month. She appeared in Elevate.ca’s Think2030 series, on October 14, to speak about mental health and the […]

Canadian racing driver and Instagram influencer accused of ‘massive fraudulent’ scheme that defrauded investors of millions

Oct 21 2021 — Glen McGregor — Canadian race car driver Josh Cartu strikes a glamorous posture on social media: surrounded by expensive sports cars, hobnobbing with movie stars and fashion models, and travelling on his private jet to European party hotspots such as Ibiza and Cannes. Cartu, who grew up in St. Catharines, Ont., boasts more than 700,000 followers on an […]