National Newswatch

Beset by bad polls, Wynne calls in a ‘fixer’ from Ottawa

May 10 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — Trailing badly in the polls, Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is calling on some campaign help from the federal side. Zita Astravas is known in Liberal circles as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “fixer.” She is taking an unpaid leave of absence as chief of staff to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to work in Wynne’s war […]

How the Ontario election is a warm-up act for the 2019 federal campaign

May 9 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — When they’re not scrapping over the nation’s business on Parliament Hill, political operatives on both sides of the aisle in Ottawa have their eyes glued to the high-stakes Ontario provincial election — for one excellent reason. The issues in the Ontario race are regional. But the race itself — the tactics and policies pursued by […]

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 […]