National Newswatch

Pressure mounts on opposition parties to back speedy ratification of new NAFTA

Jan 27 2020 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The pressure was on opposition MPs to quickly ratify the new North American free-trade agreement as Parliament got back to work Monday for its first extended sitting since the Oct. 21 election reduced the Liberals to a minority government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland urged opposition parties not to unduly […]

Independent senators want rule changes to prevent partisan stalling on bills

Nov 28 2019 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The largest group of independents in the Senate wants some rule changes to reflect the new reality of a less partisan chamber of sober second thought — and to rein in obstruction tactics by Conservative senators, who make up the last remaining unabashedly partisan caucus in the upper house. But the Independent Senators Group will first have to […]

Independent senators want rule changes to prevent partisan stalling on bills

Nov 28 2019 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The largest group of independents in the Senate wants some rule changes to reflect the new reality of a less partisan chamber of sober second thought — and to rein in obstruction tactics by Conservative senators, who make up the last remaining unabashedly partisan caucus in the upper house. But the Independent Senators Group will first have to […]

New Senate group forms to push regional interests in a fractured Parliament

Nov 4 2019 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's Senate took another step Monday in its evolution toward a less partisan chamber of sober second thought as 11 senators banded together to form a new independent caucus aimed at ensuring regional issues get their due in the upper chamber. The newly christened Canadian Senators Group is the brainchild of Alberta Sen. Scott Tannas, who founded the caucus to make sure the will of the […]

New Senate group forms to push regional interests in a fractured Parliament

Nov 4 2019 — Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's Senate took another step Monday in its evolution toward a less partisan chamber of sober second thought as 11 senators banded together to form a new independent caucus aimed at ensuring regional issues get their due in the upper chamber. The newly christened Canadian Senators Group is the brainchild of Alberta Sen. Scott Tannas, who founded the caucus to make sure the will of the […]