National Newswatch

MPs unanimously declare Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya a ‘genocide’

Sep 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — MPs from all parties have unanimously adopted a motion condemning the acts of the Myanmar military against Rohingya Muslims as an act of genocide. Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, stood in the House of Commons today to table the motion that officially endorses the findings of a UN […]

Military to reopen 23 ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases

Sep 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s military is reopening investigations into nearly two dozen cases of sexual assault after reviewing 179 old cases that had been closed as “unfounded.” In each of those 23 files, investigators will conduct additional interviews, seek better documentation or use other investigative tools to review the cases. Senior military commanders decided to comb through the […]

Scheer: Defector Alleslev is a symbol of ‘misplaced trust’ in Liberals

Sep 19 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says defector Leona Alleslev is a symbol of the “misplaced trust” Canadians have in the Liberal government. In an address to his caucus on Parliament Hill, Scheer officially welcomed Alleslev to the party by presenting her with a Conservative Party membership card. He said her decision to abandon the Liberals reflects […]

Bryan Adams to MPs: Give artists more control over their work

Sep 18 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams wants the federal government to amend the Copyright Act to give artists more ability to regain control of their scripts and songs after they’ve been sold to a company. Appearing at the House of Commons heritage committee this morning, the veteran rocker pitched a proposal that he said would require a […]

‘Game-changer’: Labour groups claim clout in NAFTA talks

Sep 3 2018 — Kathleen Harris — This Labour Day, union groups are marking what they see as a milestone in their movement — new clout in the NAFTA talks that have unfolded over the last year. While much has been said about the declining power of unions, labour groups say they’re playing a crucial, unprecedented role in the negotiations. The Liberal […]

Liberals to look at ‘full ban’ on handguns, assault weapons

Aug 28 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government plans to study a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada. A mandate letter to Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sets the minister to the task of working on policy, regulations or legislation on gun control. “You should lead an examination […]

Liberals move to give survivors of domestic violence paid leave

Aug 12 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is moving soon on its plan to give federally-regulated workers paid time off to deal with the trauma and turmoil of domestic violence. Consultations with stakeholders, employers and unions will begin this fall on the proposed benefit, which will allow survivors 10 days off — five of them paid. It’s meant to […]

Trudeau says he’s looking abroad for ideas on curbing gun violence

Jul 30 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today his government will look at best practices in other parts of the world for ideas on how to tackle gun violence in Canada. Speaking in Toronto after the funeral service for 18-year-old Reese Fallon — who was killed in a July 22 mass shooting in the city’s Greektown — […]

Border agency to announce new alternatives to immigration detention

Jul 19 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s border agency is set to announce changes aimed at releasing more refugee claimants and other foreign nationals safely into the community while their immigration status is being resolved. An expanded framework for alternatives to detention will provide “risk-based, nationally consistent programming” for individuals deemed suitable for release, according to the Canada Border Services Agency […]