National Newswatch

Tories file motion to stop asylum seekers at illegal entry points

Apr 24 2018 — Janice Dickson — Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel introduced a motion Tuesday that’s being debated in the House and calls on the government to act on the influx of asylum seekers at the U.S.–Canada border. In addition to asking that the government ensure border service agencies are properly equipped, Rempel’s motion calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to […]

Khalid pushes back against criticism over event with Assad supporter

Apr 17 2018 — Janice Dickson — Liberal MP Iqra Khalid is pushing back against criticism over her decision to introduce a religious leader at an event who reportedly supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Like any MP, I engage with a diverse array of individuals, stakeholders and groups in my community-many of them I don’t agree with. I recently attended a community […]

Scheer accepts offer for national security briefing on Atwal affair

Apr 3 2018 — Janice Dickson — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he’s accepting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s offer to be briefed on a national security matter that involved a convicted attempted murderer’s invitation to events with Trudeau in India. However, Scheer wrote in a release this morning, he’s inviting members of the Conservative caucus and the media to the portion of […]

Trudeau to deliver commencement speech at NYU, collect honorary degree

Apr 2 2018 — Janice Dickson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver a commencement speech at New York University in May, where he will also be granted an honorary degree. “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive a doctor of laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony and address the graduates and guests on behalf of all the degree recipients,” the […]

Harper elected chairman of the International Democrat Union

Feb 21 2018 — Janice Dickson — Stephen Harper has been elected chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU). The former prime minister was elected chairman at the centre-right group’s party leaders’ meeting in Madrid, Spain, according to a statement posted on the International Democrat Union’s website. The group was founded in 1983 by conservative leaders. Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, […]

The Aga Khan explained

Jan 13 2018 — Janice Dickson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found himself at the centre of an intensifying controversy in December when the departing ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau broke a number of federal ethics rules when he went on a family vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas over the holidays in 2016.

Rempel calls on Trudeau again to close Safe Third Country ‘loophole’

Jan 9 2018 — Janice Dickson — The Conservative opposition is repeating its demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau close a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered 200,000 Salvadorans to leave the country by September. On Monday, Trump announced that his administration is ending a humanitarian program called Temporary Protected Status [TPS] for Salvadorans who […]

Rempel triggers tiny tweetstorm over CPC internship program

Jan 3 2018 — Janice Dickson — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was shooting down accusations of backhanded sexism on Twitter yesterday after she publicly encouraged women to apply to the Conservative party’s internship program. “I work with strong, competent, fearless women to drive a smart public policy platform that benefits all Canadians. Want to join us in Ottawa? Please share this internship […]

Tory MP Tom Kmiec coins riddle about Morneau’s private holdings

Nov 24 2017 — Janice Dickson — Conservative MP Tom Kmiec got creative in the Commons Friday, debuting a poem he wrote about Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s numbered companies. “Uncovering what assets the finance minister holds has been an ethics riddle that we haven’t been able to figure out,” said Kmiec in question period. After CBC News revealed that Morneau waited two […]

Scheer ad an attempt to cast him as an anti-Vogue everyman: strategists

Nov 16 2017 — Janice Dickson — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer introduced himself to Canadians this week in a glamour-free video depicting the 38-year-old as a very average guy. According to Conservative strategists, dorky and likeable is just what the party needs. “Andrew Scheer is aware Vogue magazine is never going to pay money to photograph him. Andrew is a slightly dorky […]

Senators report ‘great anxiety’ in Western Canada over tax changes

Nov 14 2017 — Janice Dickson — Members on the Senate finance committee took their study of the Liberal government’s controversial tax reforms on the road to Western Canada last week where they say there is ‘anxiety’ mounting over the changes. “Canadians have concerns about taxation,” said independent Sen. Anne Cools in a release sent to reporters Tuesday. Cools is the deputy […]