National Newswatch

Liberals introduce bill to combat online hate speech as Commons adjourns for summer

Jun 23 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Liberal government waited until the House of Commons was about to adjourn for three months to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Canadians from online hate speech. The eleventh-hour move Wednesday fuelled speculation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is intent on padding the Liberals' record before calling an election sometime this summer. […]

O’Toole says national security committee being used to cover up scientists’ firing

Jun 17 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Erin O'Toole pulled Conservative MPs from a special national security committee Thursday, accusing the government of using it to cover up an incident that caused two scientists at Canada's highest security laboratory to be fired. The Conservative leader told the House of Commons his party's members are withdrawing "effectively immediately" from the National […]

LeBlanc signals some cautious easing of pandemic travel restrictions coming soon

Jun 15 2021 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is signalling that Canadians can expect an announcement by Monday on easing pandemic travel restrictions. But he warned Tuesday that the relaxed rules won't necessarily go into effect immediately. And he stressed that the restrictions will be phased out slowly and cautiously and only so long as vaccination […]