National Newswatch

Senators may have to rein in activism in minority Parliament: new govt rep

Jan 24 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Independent senators may have to curb their enthusiasm for amending government legislation now that they're operating in a minority Parliament, the government's new representative in the Senate suggested Friday. Sen. Marc Gold noted that never before has a minority government had to function alongside a more independent, less partisan Senate. It's not yet clear how that will play out. […]

Senators may have to rein in activism in minority Parliament: new govt rep

Jan 24 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Independent senators may have to curb their enthusiasm for amending government legislation now that they're operating in a minority Parliament, the government's new representative in the Senate suggested Friday. Sen. Marc Gold noted that never before has a minority government had to function alongside a more independent, less partisan Senate. It's not yet clear how that will play out. […]

Liberals aim to find common ground when Parliament resumes next week

Jan 21 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to apply the same spirit of solidarity that saw Canadians pull together during recent disasters to get things done in a minority Parliament. Parliament returns next week for its first extended sitting since the fall federal election reduced the Liberals to a minority, forcing them to rely on support from opposition […]

Manitoba carbon tax a maybe, Pallister says after meeting Trudeau in Winnipeg

Jan 20 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is holding out the possibility of imposing a carbon tax in his province as he tries to fashion a green plan that will meet with the federal government's approval. But he's simultaneously warning that Ottawa will have to show some flexibility if it wants him to continue playing the role of bridge-builder to the other two Prairie provinces, where […]

Trudeau cabinet tries to focus on domestic agenda amid unforeseen emergencies

Jan 19 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers are trying to concentrate on the Liberal government's domestic agenda and how to see it to fruition in a minority Parliament — but unforeseen emergencies continue to demand their urgent attention. The monster storm that buried eastern regions of Newfoundland and Labrador in snow and the trauma over the downing of a Ukrainian […]

Trudeau to be lower profile, more business-like in second mandate

Dec 20 2019 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says he's taking a lower-profile, more businesslike approach to being prime minister, having concluded that the focus on him and his lofty talk of values during his first mandate obscured his government's concrete achievements on bread-and-butter issues. Trudeau's new approach is a big departure for a leader who vaulted the Liberal party from […]

Trudeau to be lower profile, more business-like in second mandate

Dec 20 2019 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says he's taking a lower-profile, more businesslike approach to being prime minister, having concluded that the focus on him and his lofty talk of values during his first mandate obscured his government's concrete achievements on bread-and-butter issues. Trudeau's new approach is a big departure for a leader who vaulted the Liberal party from […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould chosen Canada’s newsmaker of the year

Dec 18 2019 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin affair cost Justin Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his most trusted aide, the top federal public servant and possibly a second majority mandate; and now the woman at the centre of it all — Jody Wilson-Raybould — is the 2019 Newsmaker of the Year.  The former justice minister was the runaway choice of news editors across the country surveyed […]