National Newswatch

Trudeau, Macron a meeting of like minds, former ambassador says

Apr 16 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Paris is a serious visit with a “steadfast ally,” the former Canadian ambassador to France Lawrence Cannon says. Much of the prime minister’s two-day visit to France is expected to focus on trade as Canada looks to ease its reliance on the U.S. market. Cannon says he doesn’t expect […]

Victoria Cross awarded to Canadian on the auction block

Dec 5 2017 — Hannah Thibedeau — A rare medal for bravery awarded to a Canadian First World War hero is going up for auction in England today, and is expected to fetch at least $250,000. Cpl. Colin Barron earned the Victoria Cross medal at the Battle of Passchendaele on Nov. 6, 1917, one of only nine Canadians to be awarded for […]

Yukon Senator Daniel Lang retiring from the upper chamber

Jun 22 2017 — Hannah Thibedeau — Conservative Senator Daniel Lang is retiring from the red chamber six years early. Lang made the announcement in the Senate chamber Thursday as senators prepared to rise for the summer. Lang told his colleagues that he wants to spend more time with his family in Yukon. “After 27 years in public life, it has come […]

Sharon Carstairs asks Senate to reimburse legal fees after expenses scandal

Mar 2 2017 — Hannah Thibedeau — Retired Manitoba Liberal Senator Sharon Carstairs is asking the Senate’s internal economy committee to reimburse over $80,000 in legal fees she incurred after being caught up in the Senate expense scandal. Carstairs made her appeal to committee members at a meeting Thursday morning. “My legal fees are 11 times the amount I supposedly owed. There […]

Senators rejected Mike Duffy’s request to cover some legal fees

Feb 23 2017 — Hannah Thibedeau — Senator Mike Duffy made attempts last year to be reimbursed for some of the legal costs related to his three-year expenses saga and 63-day trial but was rebuffed by members of a key Senate committee. Duffy’s trial ended last April, when he was found not guilty on all 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust […]

Don Meredith’s presence in Senate discomfits some colleagues

Dec 11 2015 — Hannah Thibedeau — Some of Senator Don Meredith’s colleagues in the upper chamber are unhappy that he continues to sit in the Senate with the cloud of two investigations hanging over his head. Meredith faces a police investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teenaged girl. And the Senate ethics officer continues to look into allegations of […]

Senators have little interest in suspending Pamela Wallin a 2nd time

Dec 10 2015 — Hannah Thibedeau — After two years with no pay or privileges, Senator Pamela Wallin is back to work in the Senate — and those who led the charge to suspend her have little interest in expelling her again. The former broadcast journalist and diplomat was ejected two years ago over questions about her travel expenses, but that suspension […]

How the Liberals hit a home run with their Blue Jays election ad buy

Nov 12 2015 — Hannah Thibedeau — As millions of Canadians sat down night after night to watch the Toronto Blue Jays in their march to the post season, they saw stars like Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson — and they also repeatedly saw the face of Justin Trudeau in his party’s election ads. The confluence of the Jays’ inspired late-season play […]