National Newswatch

NAFTA to come up during Trudeau, Trump meeting at NATO

Dec 3 2019 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be seeking an update on the status of NAFTA talks in the U.S. when he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the NATO summit. The leaders will sit down together at the official U.S. residence in London, known as Winfield House, at 3:30 p.m. local time, […]

Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM

Nov 15 2019 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister. The idea has been discussed behind closed doors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. However, sources close to Freeland say she enjoys […]

Inside 48 hours and a momentum shift on the Conservative campaign

Oct 20 2019 — Katie Simpson — It was the final Thursday of the election campaign, and inside a small community hall in Little Harbour, N.S., Jill Scheer stood near the back of the room with a big smile on her face. As the energetic rally with a few hundred people started to wind down, she picked up the two-month-old daughter of […]

Quebec Liberal volunteer caught disposing of Conservative campaign literature

Sep 29 2019 — Katie Simpson — A volunteer helping out with the re-election campaign of Quebec Liberal Anthony Housefather was caught disposing of Conservative literature out on the campaign trail. The incident was witnessed by a Conservative volunteer who happened to be canvassing the same apartment building in Côte Saint-Luc, Que., on Sept. 25. Documents shared with CBC News show that […]

Conservatives say they’re not bothered by modest crowd sizes

Sep 18 2019 — Katie Simpson — Andrew Scheer’s people say they’re not troubled by the modest turnout of supporters at some of the Conservative leader’s public campaign events. In fact, they say it’s all part of the strategy. While that might sound counterintuitive, a senior Conservative source said the campaign would rather see its volunteers out knocking on doors and handing […]

Dominic Barton named Canada’s next ambassador to China

Sep 4 2019 — Katie Simpson — The Trudeau government has picked a trusted economic adviser as its new ambassador to China. Sources tell CBC News that Dominic Barton will be heading to Beijing to take on the role after the Chinese government formally accepted his appointment. Barton serves as the chair of the finance minister’s advisory council on economic growth and […]

Mayor of latest Canadian town to be hit for online ‘ransom’ calls for national strategy

Jun 11 2019 — Katie Simpson — Canadian municipalities are “sitting ducks” for “cyber terrorists,” says the mayor of Stratford, Ont. — the latest Canadian community to find itself targeted by an online ransom attack. Dan Mathieson said that if his fellow mayors across the country don’t start working together on the problem, more communities may be hit by online extortionists holding […]