National Newswatch

Lithium mine takeover by Chinese company did get thorough security review: Champagne

Jan 27 2022 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the pending takeover of a Canadian lithium mining company by a Chinese state-owned company was subjected to a thorough national security review — contrary to what some experts and Conservative politicians have asserted. Champagne told the Commons industry committee Thursday that the critics don't understand the process required […]

Public safety minister calls for removal of Hillier ‘hate’ tweet about Alghabra

Jan 25 2022 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is calling on Twitter to remove a tweet from an Ontario politician who labelled federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra a "terrorist." Mendicino said Tuesday the tweet from Independent MPP Randy Hillier is "Islamophobic" and amounts to "hate speech" that should have no place on Twitter. Mendicino was responding […]

No national security issue in Chinese takeover of Canadian lithium company: Liberals

Jan 20 2022 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The pending takeover of a Canadian lithium mining company by a Chinese state-owned company raises no national security concerns, federal Liberals argued Thursday. Liberal MP Andy Fillmore, parliamentary secretary to Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, told a House of Commons committee that the Industry Department reviewed last fall the proposed takeover of Neo Lithium […]

Feds appear in no rush to conduct overdue parliamentary review of assisted dying law

Jan 19 2022 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government appears to be in no hurry to complete a legally required parliamentary review of Canada's law on medical assistance in dying, which is already 18 months overdue. Repeated delays have led some critics to conclude that the government would rather wait for court rulings to force its hand, rather […]

Tories urged to reconsider compromise on documents about fired scientists

Jan 18 2022 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Government House leader Mark Holland is urging the Conservatives to reconsider their rejection of a compromise proposal that would allow MPs to finally see unredacted documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest-security laboratory. In a letter Tuesday to his Conservative counterpart, Gerard Deltell, Holland reiterates his proposal to allow […]

Tories boycott security committee over refusal to release docs on fired scientists

Dec 21 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Erin O'Toole is refusing to name Conservative members to the national security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians. The Conservative leader pulled his party's MPs from the committee last spring to protest the Liberal government's refusal to hand over unredacted documents related to the firing of two scientists from Canada's highest security laboratory. In […]

Justin Trudeau shares father’s dislike of clause allowing override of charter rights

Dec 17 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shares his late father's disdain for the constitutional "notwithstanding clause" and he's not ruling out asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on Quebec's pre-emptive use of it to trample the rights of religious minorities. In a year-end interview with the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press,   Trudeau said […]

Government open to amending paid sick leave bill it wants passed by week’s end

Dec 13 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan says the government is open to amending legislation that would provide 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers. O'Regan acknowledges that at least two provisions in Bill C-3 could undermine the objective, which is to ensure ill workers don't have to choose between going to work […]

Order to produce docs on fired scientists ended with dissolution of Parliament: Rota

Dec 9 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Conservatives have lost their bid to resurrect a House of Commons order demanding the release of secret documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest security laboratory. Commons Speaker Anthony Rota ruled Thursday that the order expired, along with all other business before the House, when Parliament was dissolved […]

Tories reject proposed compromise to allow MPs to see documents on fired scientists

Dec 8 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Conservatives have rejected a proposed compromise to resolve a long-running dispute over the disclosure of secret documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest security laboratory. Conservative House leader Gerard Deltell said Wednesday the government's proposal is "months late." He pointed out that in the previous parliamentary session the […]