National Newswatch

Ex-Harper aide Ian Brodie joins Andrew Scheer’s office

Jan 23 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Former prime minister Stephen Harper’s former right-hand man is coming back to help Andrew Scheer for the next six months. Ian Brodie, Harper’s ex-chief of staff, will take on the role of adviser to the outgoing Conservative Party leader. Many in the party say they hope Brodie can rein in what’s being described by some […]

Rona Ambrose says she won’t run for the Conservative leadership

Jan 22 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Rona Ambrose says she won’t run to succeed Andrew Scheer as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In a Facebook post this afternoon, the former interim Conservative leader said she “struggled” with the decision to stay out. “It is humbling to be considered at all — because I love our party, I love […]

Businessman Bryan Brulotte won’t seek Conservative leadership

Jan 14 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — Businessman Bryan Brulotte will not run in the Conservative leadership race and is advocating for former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay to run instead, CBC News has learned. “Although my desire was to serve and continues to be a motivating factor, after careful consideration and review of the recently published regulations, I have decided to […]

A Charest candidacy would not push MacKay out of the Conservative leadership race, says campaign source

Jan 8 2020 — Hannah Thibedeau — A source close to what could be Peter MacKay’s Conservative leadership campaign says the former Harper cabinet minister’s decision on whether to run won’t depend on what ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest does next. While many Conservative insiders say they believe Charest will end up running for the federal Conservative leadership, a source close to Charest […]

Ottawa looking at Criminal Code reforms to deter ‘shameful’ conversion therapy

Jul 9 2019 — Hannah Thibedeau — The federal government is calling on all provincial governments to stop conversion therapy while it reviews Canada’s Criminal Code reforms. “The federal government is committed to doing everything within its jurisdiction to combat conversion therapy,” reads a letter from two Liberal cabinet members and an MP to Alberta’s Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. “The provincial, territorial, […]

Ex-ambassador McCallum says Trump could fix Canada-China impasse by dropping Meng’s extradition

Jun 25 2019 — Hannah Thibedeau — The “best thing” U.S. President Donald Trump could do to secure the release of Canadians detained in China is to abandon Washington’s push to extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canada’s former ambassador to China said today. John McCallum — who was fired from the high-profile diplomatic post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in January after […]

Cannabis edibles available for sale legally in mid-December

Jun 14 2019 — Hannah Thibedeau — New cannabis products — like edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts — will be for sale legally in Canada in mid-December. Regulations will come into effect on Oct. 17, and the products will be available two months later, Radio-Canada has learned. Details on the final regulations and timeline will be released Friday by Health Canada. It’s […]