National Newswatch

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 […]

Liberal government spends over $555,000 on Canada Post building wrap

Nov 13 2017 — Janice Dickson — The red and blue Canada 150 banner that wraps around the Canada Post building on Sparks St. in Ottawa cost taxpayers $555,272.10, according to an Access to Information and Privacy document obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Aaron Wudrick, the federal director of the CTF, drew attention to the cost of the banner on Twitter […]

Liberals won’t say whether CRA is investigating Bronfman

Nov 8 2017 — Janice Dickson — The Liberal government will not say whether the Canada Revenue Agency is investigating top Liberal fundraiser Stephen Bronfman, despite the fact that the government has vowed to take a closer look at Canadians connected to the so-called ‘Paradise Papers’. According to the papers — documents about offshore investments obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star […]

Trudeau on the defensive over Bronfman’s alleged tax tactics

Nov 6 2017 — Janice Dickson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted today the federal government is still cracking down on tax evasion after a massive leak of documents linked his chief fundraiser to a multi-million dollar offshore tax haven. According to documents known as the Paradise Papers obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star, Trudeau’s long-time friend and top fundraiser Stephen […]