National Newswatch

Behind the push to freeze Moscow’s foreign cash

Feb 27 2022 — Justin Ling — As Russian forces readied to steamroll into Ukraine, Canada’s finance minister began drumming up support for a move that could be devastating for Russia’s economy. Chrystia Freeland, who also serves as the deputy prime minister, spent much of last week “pushing the idea of sanctioning the central bank,” said a senior Canadian official who spoke […]

MPs Told to Hide From Anti-Vaxxer Convoy by Parliament Security Chief

Jan 29 2022 — Justin Ling — The convoy, organized by some people with connections to extreme-right or anti-vax movements, has garnered support from some mainstream Conservatives. Right now, hundreds of vehicles, maybe more, are barrelling towards Ottawa, with a plan to blockade Canada’s capital to protest, among other things, vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers.

Will Canada help save Ukraine?

Dec 9 2021 — Justin Ling — When President Joe Biden got off a video call with his Russian counterpart on Tuesday, he started working the phones: Paris, Berlin, Rome, and London were all on his call sheet. He was building a unified front of countries looking to send a strong signal to Russia that an incursion into Ukraine would come with […]

Canada-wide vaccine passport: TBD

Oct 8 2021 — Justin Ling — Canada will soon require that travelers show proof of a Covid-19 vaccine before departure, but sources who spoke with POLITICO say Ottawa is still far behind on figuring out the technology for this new mandate. This week’s announcement makes good on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to require vaccines for federal public servants as well […]

How close did the Liberals come to losing?

Oct 5 2021 — Justin Ling — The Liberal Party’s pyrrhic victory in last week’s federal election may have been closer to a defeat than the final tally would suggest. According to interviews with Liberal supporters conducted after the Sept. 20 vote, voters were less than enthusiastic about staying with Justin Trudeau’s party—but his oft-touted childcare plan may offer some clues as […]

Federal election leaders debate: There’s a hole in your platform

Sep 9 2021 — Justin Ling — O’Toole found himself on the defensive in Wednesday’s leaders debate, pitching things that were nowhere to be found in his five-year spending document. Here’s a riddle: Justin Trudeau’s got one. Yves-Francois Blanchet doesn’t need one. Jagmeet Singh’s is coming soon. Annamie Paul won’t have one. And Erin O’Toole’s got a big hole in his. Give […]

Erin O’Toole, socialist crusader

Aug 31 2021 — Justin Ling — “It may surprise you to hear a Conservative bemoan the decline of private sector union membership,” Erin O’Toole told captains of industry last year. But that’s exactly what the Conservative leader did, in a speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto no less. He lamented that where there was once a balance between workers and […]

The Conservatives’ murky position on ‘conscience rights’ in health care

Aug 20 2021 — Justin Ling — Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives won’t say whether their plan to extend ‘conscience rights’ to doctors, nurses and health-care providers will permit denying care to LGBTQ people. O’Toole was hammered on the campaign trail on Thursday over a line in his platform which pledges that his hypothetical future government will “protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.” […]

Canada’s vaccine passport won’t come until December, at the earliest

Jul 23 2021 — Justin Ling — Leaked presentations reveal that Canada won’t have a national Covid-19 vaccine passport system until December 2021, at the earliest. A total lack of national infrastructure, however, means that could be delayed even further. The internal PowerPoint presentation, prepared by the Treasury Board of Canada, reveals that even more than a year after the global pandemic […]

Russian Pranksters Duped Canadian Politicians Looking to Hear From Putin Critic

May 4 2021 — Justin Ling — A pair of Russian pranksters, pretending to be imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s right-hand man, duped the Canadian House of Commons foreign affairs committee during a closed-door meeting in late April. On April 22, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development held a meeting to hear about the plight of Navalny—and they called […]

Canada’s public health data meltdown

Apr 7 2021 — Justin Ling — For weeks, Canadians have been casting their envious eyes to Israel, where more than half the country has been inoculated against COVID-19. Israel, less than a quarter the size of Canada, has administered nearly twice as many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Middle Eastern country has some innate advantages: It is small and centralized, […]

Justin Trudeau Says Solitary Confinement Is ‘Unacceptable’ Following Report Saying His Government Uses Solitary Confinement

Mar 3 2021 — Justin Ling — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is “unacceptable” that his government continues to use solitary confinement in federal prisons. Asked by VICE World News on Wednesday about new data showing that the unconstitutional practice of solitary confinement, and outright torture, is commonplace in Canada’s prisons, Trudeau did not say what he would actually do to […]

Canada Introduces New Bill to Reduce Small-Time Drug Prosecutions

Feb 18 2021 — Justin Ling — The Trudeau government has unveiled sweeping new justice legislation, aimed to ramp down prosecutions for drug crimes and address the growing problem of over-incarcerating Black and Indigenous peoples. The new law, if passed, would prioritize treatment for drug users, instead of prosecution and possible incarceration. While not full drug decriminalization, it is a step forward […]