National Newswatch

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s pretrial judge questions independence of public prosecution service

Feb 12 2019 — Janice Dickson — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence lawyer alleged in an Ottawa court that Crown prosecutors have been discussing trial strategy with the Privy Council Office, calling the Crown’s actions more concerning than political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The allegation of Privy Council Office intervention prompted the Ontario Court of Justice judge presiding over the […]

Anti-abortion activists say they will not be flocking to Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party

Jan 14 2019 — Janice Dickson — Anti-abortion activists preparing to support their preferred candidates in the fall federal election won’t be spending their time or money on Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party – even if they think he’s marginally more open to discuss social issues than Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer. Jack Fonseca, a spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, said his […]

Approval for Trudeau’s performance about the same as it was for Harper’s in 2014, survey shows

Jan 3 2019 — Janice Dickson — A new survey suggests that Canadians are feeling as positively about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s current performance in office as they felt about Stephen Harper’s in his final year of majority government. According to a survey conducted jointly by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy, 35 per cent of respondents rated […]

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, […]