National Newswatch

Budget watchdog to crunch numbers on political campaign promises for 1st time

May 2 2019 — Kathleen Harris — For the first time, Canada’s budget watchdog has a mandate to cost out election campaign promises, but the uptake from political parties isn’t clear. Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Yves Giroux said he has hired a new team of economists and accountants with expertise in various fields, including taxes, defence procurement and student financial assistance.

Trudeau says help for canola farmers coming ‘in a few days’

Apr 29 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says help for canola farmers caught in the middle of a diplomatic dispute between Canada and China is on the way. Calling the issue a “scientific-based disagreement,” Trudeau said his government has been working diligently on the file, reaching out to producers, stakeholders and premiers while also working diplomatic channels. “We […]

Trudeau defends lawsuit threat, says Scheer ‘can’t be lying to Canadians’

Apr 9 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his threat to sue Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, insisting his chief rival in the upcoming election “can’t be lying to Canadians.” Trudeau’s lawyer Julian Porter sent a letter to Scheer on Mar. 31 pointing to what he called “highly defamatory comments” the Official Opposition leader had made in a […]

Facebook bans Faith Goldy and ‘dangerous’ alt-right groups

Apr 8 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Social media giant says platform can’t be used to spread hate. Facebook is banning far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau and various extremist groups, the social media company said Monday. The company said it has longstanding policies on extremist content and organized hate groups and is barring the individuals and organizations under […]

Wilson-Raybould denies trying to hamstring Lametti on SNC-Lavalin file

Apr 5 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she never tried to meddle in the SNC-Lavalin file after she was shuffled out of the attorney general’s job. In an interview with CBC Radio Vancouver’s The Early Edition, Wilson-Raybould denied reports that she demanded that her successor, David Lametti, be directed not to override an independent prosecutor’s decision to make SNC-Lavalin […]

Philpott says clear apology from Trudeau could have quickly contained SNC-Lavalin scandal

Apr 4 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Jane Philpott was “stunned” to be turfed from the Liberal caucus, and says the SNC-Lavalin controversy could have been contained much earlier with an apology from the prime minister for alleged political interference in a criminal trial and a promise that it would not happen again. In an interview with CBC Radio’s The Current Thursday morning, Philpott said she learned as a medical […]

NDP asks privacy watchdog to probe leak of confidential information on SCC candidate

Apr 3 2019 — Kathleen Harris — MP Charlie Angus called leak ‘flagrant disrespect’ for independent judiciary. The NDP is calling on Canada’s privacy watchdog to investigate the leak of confidential information about a candidate for the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter to federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, NDP MP Charlie Angus calls the leak of private information about Manitoba […]

Trudeau defends his feminist credentials after tossing 2 women from Liberal caucus

Apr 3 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his feminist credentials after tossing two strong women from the Liberal caucus. Trudeau announced late Tuesday he had ejected Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus, saying that trust had been broken with the former top cabinet ministers. Facing accusations of hypocrisy about his equality agenda, Trudeau pointed to […]

PM wanted SNC-Lavalin deal ‘one way or another,’ top bureaucrat told Wilson-Raybould in secretly recorded call

Mar 29 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The country’s top bureaucrat gave Jody Wilson-Raybould a blunt warning about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s desire for a special deal for SNC-Lavalin, saying — in a recorded telephone conversation released publicly today — that the PM wanted to “get it done” and grant the engineering firm an agreement to avoid criminal prosecution. The 17-minute call […]

Trudeau condemns leaks to media on judicial appointments, denies PMO was source

Mar 28 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today condemned leaks to the media about a highly confidential Supreme Court appointment process and denied his office was the source of the information. Speaking to reporters in Halifax Thursday, Trudeau commented on media reports this week that said Jody Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau had a “significant disagreement” over the 2017 nomination […]