National Newswatch

Monsef calls #MeToo momentum against sexual violence ‘inspiring’

Jan 17 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef says she’s moved by the #MeToo momentum, and is urging women of all ages to bridge the generational divide to bring about “monumental change.” “It’s inspiring to see victims and survivors of gender-based violence come forward, to see them find courage in one another’s stories, and to see the […]

Liberals consider pot pardons when cannabis becomes legal

Jan 12 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is considering ways to deal with Canadian criminal records for possessing pot that were on the books before marijuana becomes legal this summer. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed officials are examining “all the legal implications,” but would not say how the government is likely to proceed.

Canada to stand firm, ‘get respect’ from Trump administration as trade tensions rise, ministers say

Jan 11 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Tough-talking Liberal cabinet ministers are delivering a collective message that Canada will “stay strong” to defend the country’s interests in the face of escalating trade tensions with the United States. The economic fallout from trade disputes is top of mind for ministers holding a two-day winter retreat in London, Ont., after Canadian stocks and the […]

‘We are not being complacent’: Liberals don’t expect sudden surge of Salvadoran asylum-seekers

Jan 9 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government has a contingency plan for a potential flood of Salvadoran asylum seekers, but it is not expecting a sudden surge of people crossing the border from the United States. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the government has been “engaging intensely” with the El Salvador diaspora, among others, and believes they are deeply […]

Liberals relaunch family reunification lottery despite angry backlash around ‘immigration fiasco’

Jan 7 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government has relaunched a lottery system to reunite immigrant families, despite a backlash from frustrated sponsors who called its random selection process “cruel,” “heartless” and a “fiasco.” A one-month period opened this week inviting entries to an online draw that gives people a chance at one of 10,000 spots that allow them to […]

As Australia ousts MPs with dual citizenship, Canada’s Parliament embraces many in its ranks

Dec 10 2017 — Kathleen Harris — As a dual citizenship debacle rocks Australia’s political world, Canada’s Parliament embraces sitting MPs and Senators who were born around the world and hold dual, or even triple, citizenship. There are now at least 56 sitting parliamentarians — 44 MPs and 12 senators — born in countries outside Canada, according to information from the Library […]

Massacre survivors, family members press Liberals for stronger gun laws

Nov 30 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Survivors and family members of victims of shooting massacres in Canada gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today, and accused the federal government of dragging its heels on promised tougher gun control laws. Expressing bitter disappointment, representatives of those affected by the École Polytechnique, Dawson College and Quebec mosque mass shootings called on the Liberals […]

Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants

Nov 22 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada is committed to ditching a policy that rejects immigrants because they’re sick or disabled and could be a drag on the health system, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says. Calling it an “important and sensitive” issue, Hussen said the government will look at all options to revamp the 40-year-old policy, which bars entry to applicants […]