National Newswatch

Online registry requirement applies only to paid political adverts

Apr 24 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — A new law requiring online platforms to publish a digital registry of all political ads posted during the coming federal election campaign will apply only to paid advertisements. And that leaves lots of room for parties and advocacy groups to find other innovative ways to get their messages out to voters, without regulation. As guidelines issued […]

Faith Goldy, five others, banned from Facebook and Instagram over hate

Apr 8 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Six Canadian people and groups involved in "organized hate" have been banned from having any further presence on Facebook and Instagram. Those banned include one-time Toronto mayoral candidate and far-right political commentator Faith Goldy. Also banned are the Canadian Nationalist Front and its chairman Kevin Goudreau, Aryan Strikeforce, Wolves of Odin and Soldiers of Odin (also known as Canadian Infidels). […]

Butts, Wilson-Raybould texts show mounting anger, frustration over shuffle

Apr 2 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Text messages between Jody Wilson-Raybould and one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top advisers suggest she initially tried to prevent her move out of the prestigious Justice portfolio by arguing it would send the wrong message to Indigenous Peoples. But Wilson-Raybould's exchanges with Gerald Butts, Trudeau's former principal secretary, became increasingly angry and […]

Mulroney memoirs tell different story about interference with AG on Milgaard case

Mar 31 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould approvingly points to Brian Mulroney as a prime minister who knew better than to politically interfere with the judgment of his attorney general when it comes to criminal prosecutions. But the former justice minister evidently didn't read Mulroney's memoirs, in which the former Conservative leader proudly recounts how he ordered his attorney general to refer a […]

Wilson-Raybould: I recorded phone call out of fear it would be ‘inappropriate’

Mar 29 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould threw another can of gas on the SNC-Lavalin fire — and prompted calls for her expulsion from the Liberal caucus — with the revelation Friday that she secretly recorded a phone call in which she claims her job as justice minister was threatened if she didn't intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant. An audio […]

Wrongfully convicted man’s case sat on Wilson-Raybould’s desk for months

Mar 28 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Glen Assoun's lawyer says the wrongfully convicted Halifax man suffered "every single day" as he waited to be exonerated for a murder he didn't commit — a wait that was prolonged for months as his case sat on former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's desk. David Lametti issued an order for a new trial […]

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Mar 25 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould recommended in 2017 that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominate a conservative Manitoba judge to be chief justice of the Supreme Court, even though he wasn't a sitting member of the top court and had been a vocal critic of its activism on Charter of Rights issues, The Canadian Press has learned. Well-placed sources say the former […]

Criticism over failure to mention Muslims ‘completely baseless,’ says Scheer

Mar 23 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer says criticism over his initial failure to mention that Muslims were targeted in the recent mass murder in New Zealand is "completely baseless" and driven by "disgusting" Liberal efforts to score political points from the tragedy. But in answering a question Saturday about how he deals with that criticism, the federal Conservative leader once again initially […]

Ford says social media allows politicians to circumvent mainstream journalists

Mar 23 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Premier Doug Ford says mainstream journalists have become irrelevant because social media allows him to speak directly to Ontarians. The Ontario premier told a conference of conservative thinkers, strategists and politicians Saturday that journalists are "losing the battle" to inform people about the news. Speaking at the annual Manning Networking Conference, Ford accused journalists of being […]

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 22 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Liberals are urging former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to use her parliamentary privilege to tell the House of Commons whatever she wants about the SNC-Lavalin affair. But they want her and her former cabinet ally Jane Philpott to tell their stories in full all at once, rather than dragging out the controversy with partial […]

As MPs pull all-nighter, Philpott breathes fresh life into SNC-Lavalin scandal

Mar 22 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Former cabinet minister Jane Philpott fanned the flames of the SNC-Lavalin fire Thursday as Liberals struggled to douse the controversy and focus Canadians' attention on their pre-election budget. Philpott gave an interview to Maclean's magazine in which she said there is "much more to the story" of improper pressure allegedly exerted on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to avert a criminal […]

Conservatives plan filibuster after Liberals shut down Wilson-Raybould motion

Mar 20 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Members of Parliament were bracing Wednesday for an all-night voting marathon as opposition parties protested the Trudeau government's efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured […]

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

Mar 20 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Celina Caesar-Chavannes has informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that she's leaving the federal Liberal caucus and will sit as an Independent MP. The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, two cabinet ministers who resigned over the SNC-Lavalin affair. In an interview with The Globe and Mail last […]

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick to quit before October election

Mar 18 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — The SNC-Lavalin affair claimed its fourth resignation Monday as Michael Wernick announced he will step down as the country's top public servant, having concluded he's lost the trust of opposition parties. Opposition parties have been calling for the clerk of the Privy Council's resignation since he first vehemently rejected allegations that he and others improperly pressured former […]

PM strikes more conciliatory tone after second minister resigns over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 5 2019 — Joan Bryden — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped his insistence that his government has done nothing wrong in the SNC-Lavalin affair after a second cabinet minister in less than a month resigned Monday. Treasury Board president Jane Philpott handed in her resignation Monday afternoon, saying she's lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with criminal […]