National Newswatch

Scheer camp attempts to calm criticism of Conservative Leader

Dec 1 2019 — Kristy Kirkup — Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters is speaking out in defence of her long-time friend, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as he attempts to quash calls for his resignation. Mr. Scheer’s team shared a video of Ms. Batters on social media on the weekend in which the senator urged the Conservative movement to back the leader, who has […]

Barack Obama’s Twitter endorsement for Justin Trudeau was “inappropriate,” Peter MacKay says

Oct 18 2019 — Kristy Kirkup — Former U.S. president Barack Obama’s decision to endorse Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “inappropriate,” says former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay. Mr. MacKay, who spoke to reporters on Thursday evening outside of an event for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in Little Harbour, N.S., said he has always been of the view that one does not […]

TRC makes 94 broad recommendations for residential-school healing

Jun 2 2015 — Kristy Kirkup — OTTAWA - A moment of shared emotional catharsis bound survivors of Canada's residential schools Tuesday as their collective ordeal was officially branded a "cultural genocide" that tore apart their families and left them to contend with lifelong scars of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.The massive report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes 94 broad […]

Mike Duffy trial: $65K contract could be focus in Week 2

Apr 13 2015 — Kristy Kirkup — After the first week of one of the most anticipated Canadian political trials in recent history, some of suspended Senator Mike Duffy’s controversial expenses, including a $65,000 contract with his friend, could come to light during testimony this week in Ottawa. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to all 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach […]

Mike Duffy Senate expenses trial could border on ‘circus’

Apr 7 2015 — Kristy Kirkup — The criminal trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy will attract hordes of national media, bringing in additional security and more cleaners as the Ottawa courthouse prepares for a 41-day trial. Longtime Ottawa defence lawyer Rob Guertin says Duffy’s trial will be nothing short of a “circus.”

Amanda Lang review continues, CBC exec tells senators

Feb 17 2015 — Kristy Kirkup — CBC executives who appeared before a Senate committee to discuss the future of the public broadcaster also faced questions about internal investigations underway at the corporation. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and executive vice-presidents Heather Conway and Louis Lalande faced questions about current business correspondent and TV host Amanda Lang and former […]

Suzanne Legault warns MPs against raising access-to-information user fees

Dec 5 2014 — Kristy Kirkup — Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says she doesn’t support increasing user fees for access to information requests, a proposal made by Conservative MPs at a Commons committee this week. Canada’s Access to Information Act allows members of the public to request government information from various departments. There is currently a $5 fee to make a request. […]

Dying ALS patient lobbies Ottawa for financial aid

Aug 11 2014 — Kristy Kirkup — An Ottawa man dying from ALS is on a mission to help ease the economic burden faced by patients and families with the help of a woman whose family has been plagued by the disease. Brian Parsons, 48, is losing the ability to breathe and his speech is waning. He was diagnosed with ALS, or […]