National Newswatch

Conservatives launch campaign fighting federally imposed carbon tax in four provinces

Apr 1 2019 — Janice Dickson — Federal and provincial conservatives are waging a campaign attacking the government’s carbon tax that came into effect in four provinces Monday, vowing to fight the initiative they say will make life more expensive. The federal Tories began their campaign last week. They have been using radio ads, sending text messages, using targeted social media ads […]

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier says those who disagree with policy on condemning attacks are ‘not welcome’ in his party

Mar 25 2019 — Janice Dickson — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier says it’s party policy not to comment on tragic events in other countries in the wake of criticism over his response to the deadly massacre at two mosques in New Zealand. Mr. Bernier said at a press conference on Parliament Hill Monday morning that he is not “playing politics” with […]

Tory MP cancels event with anti-Muslim speaker; Scheer criticized by top Harper aide for weak response

Mar 15 2019 — Janice Dickson — Conservative MP Garnett Genuis says after the pair of deadly attacks in New Zealand he will no longer host an event on Parliament Hill featuring a guest speaker who drew sharp criticism from the Muslim community. Muslim advocates said the guest speaker, Baroness Caroline Cox, promotes hate against Muslims, and she has also been accused […]

Gould says Liberals may have to require social-media companies to ‘act’ on hate speech

Feb 27 2019 — Janice Dickson — Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould says that the governing Liberals may have to require social-media giants to act when they fail to remove hate speech from their platforms. She made the remark after Liberal MP Nate Erskine-Smith raised comments that were directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a “Yellow Vest” Facebook page. During […]

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 […]