National Newswatch

Canada rejects Trump’s bid to let Russia back into G7

Jun 8 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada is flatly rejecting Donald Trump’s suggestion to reinstate Russia in the G7, four years after it was expelled from the group of industrialized nations for annexing Ukraine’s Crimea. Before departing for the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., the U.S., Trump called on the G7 leaders to let Russia back in. “It may not be […]

Canadians will weigh in on compensation for bumped flights, lost bags

May 28 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canadian travellers and other stakeholders will have their say on new passenger protection regulations, including rules on compensation for bumped flights and lost bags. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) and Transport Canada kicked off a three-month consultation process today to help the federal government draft regulations for a new passengers’ ‘bill of rights’ in an […]

Liberals propose overhaul of Divorce Act, intending to put children 1st

May 22 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is overhauling Canada’s federal divorce laws to ensure the best interests of the children are the top priority in all decisions. Bill C-78, which was tabled Tuesday in the House of Commons, also takes steps to address family violence and child poverty in the first major revamp in more than 20 years. […]

‘Hell on earth’: May leans on Liberals to denounce Australia’s policy on asylum-seekers

May 17 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says Canada should take diplomatic steps to denounce Australia’s hardline refugee policies, calling the country’s offshore detention practices “appalling.” May is sponsoring a new electronic petition to the House of Commons that presses Australia to admit the asylum seekers it has detained for months — or even years — in […]

Canadians split over abortion attestation for summer jobs program, poll shows

May 15 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canadians are evenly divided on the question of whether it’s fair for the Liberal government to require that summer job grant recipients sign an attestation supporting a woman’s right to an abortion, according to a new poll. The Angus Reid Institute survey found a clear 50-50 split across the nation. Conservative supporters are more likely […]

‘Do something’: Liberals faced angry backlash over Colten Boushie case

May 11 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould faced a flood of correspondence from Canadians imploring the Liberal government to act in the wake of a Saskatchewan farmer’s acquittal in the shooting death of Colten Boushie. Wilson-Raybould received hundreds of letters and emails after the Feb. 9, 2018 verdict finding farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder. The […]

Hundreds of Canadian convicts repatriated from foreign prisons over past 5 years

May 6 2018 — Kathleen Harris — More than 250 Canadians convicted of crimes in other countries were transferred home over the last five years, while just nine foreign nationals incarcerated in Canada were transferred out during that time period. Since 1978, 1,917 Canadians have been repatriated from foreign prisons, compared to just 136 foreign offenders leaving Canada to serve a sentence […]

Liberals fund $10M in projects to tackle income insecurity for women

May 4 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Projects to help women get jobs in the aviation industry and to support immigrant women fleeing domestic violence will receive funding through a new $10 million federal program to promote income equality. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef will make the announcement in Edmonton today. More than 30 projects will receive funding in the first […]

Bruce Carson likely will avoid jail time for influence peddling

May 3 2018 — Kathleen Harris — A former top adviser to Stephen Harper likely will avoid jail time for an influence peddling conviction related to the sale of water treatment systems on First Nations reserves. At a sentencing hearing in Ottawa today, defence and Crown lawyers agreed the circumstances of Bruce Carson’s case do not warrant imprisonment, even though the fraud […]

‘Incredibly decent man’: Conservative MP Gord Brown dies after heart attack in Parliament Hill office

May 2 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Tears and tributes flowed in a solemn House of Commons today as MPs honoured longtime Conservative MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly earlier today after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office. The 57-year-old MP, who had represented the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004, was remembered as […]

‘Fear and division’: Trudeau rips Conservatives in campaign-style speech to supporters

Apr 21 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took sharp aim at his chief electoral opponent today, casting Andrew Scheer as a divisive force in a campaign-style speech to fire up his troops. Addressing about 3,000 delegates at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax, Trudeau seized on the Conservative leader’s characterization as “Stephen Harper with a smile.” “It may […]

From #MeToo to never again: Trudeau, Liberals hold closed-door session on sexual harassment

Apr 21 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Liberal MPs, including one accused of sexual harassment, are taking part in a closed-door workshop on creating safe workplaces at the Liberal convention in Halifax. The session, called “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments,” is closed to the media so delegates can share personal stories. Liberal […]