National Newswatch

Ottawa faces decision on ruling to compensate Indigenous children

Oct 25 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — Ottawa must decide this week whether to appeal a ruling upholding two human-rights-tribunal orders that would result in billions of dollars in compensation for Indigenous children, a choice that will be closely watched for the Liberal government’s commitment to reconciliation. The decision needs to be made by Friday, which marks one month since Federal Court […]

Canadians most often said Bernier, Trudeau should leave roles following election, according to Nanos Research poll

Oct 12 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — Maxime Bernier and Justin Trudeau were the two most common answers in a poll that asked respondents which of Canada’s federal party leaders they would like to see resign as a result of the outcome of this year’s election. Thirty-seven per cent of respondents told Nanos Research that Mr. Bernier, the leader of the far-right […]

Trudeau says travelling on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was a ‘mistake’ and that he regrets it

Oct 6 2021 — Kristy Kirkup, — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that travelling to Tofino on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was a mistake and that he regrets it. While speaking to reporters in Ottawa for the first time since his trip to the popular B.C. tourist destination, Mr. Trudeau said that the first National day for Truth […]

Trudeau points to ‘wrong’ choices by Alberta, Saskatchewan during the pandemic, warns against Conservatives leading the country

Sep 19 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Sunday the country is seeing what “wrong” choices have led to in Alberta and Saskatchewan during the pandemic, as he warned against the impacts of a federal Conservative government leading the country. While speaking to reporters following an event in Montreal on the final day of the campaign, Mr. Trudeau […]

RCMP Commissioner urged to issue directive on use of knee to neck

Feb 10 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — The RCMP is facing scrutiny over allegations that officers have used a knee to the neck to restrain Indigenous people during arrest. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki must issue a clear directive to officers that this measure is prohibited and unjustified, a defence lawyer and a New Democrat MP say. Last year, worldwide protests followed the […]

Opposition parties want Pfizer, ministers to appear before Commons committee over drug regulation delay

Jan 16 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — Opposition parties are calling on vaccine maker Pfizer and federal ministers to appear before the House of Commons health committee to explain a decision by Ottawa to delay the coming into force of drug-pricing regulations by half a year. Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner and NDP health critic Don Davies agreed Friday that MPs […]

Murray Sinclair to retire from Senate in January

Nov 27 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — Senator Murray Sinclair, who chaired the landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the legacy of residential schools, is resigning from the Red Chamber effective at the end of January, shortly after his 70th birthday. In an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail on Friday, Mr. Sinclair said a letter was sent to the Governor-General […]

Canadians split on whether to trust RCMP’s handling of East Coast fishing-rights dispute: Nanos poll

Nov 14 2020 — Kristy Kirkup — Canadians are split on whether they trust the RCMP to handle the situation on the East Coast over fishing rights, says a new poll from Nanos Research. Late last month, the RCMP in Nova Scotia were criticized for their response to acts of violence against Mi’kmaq fishermen. Indigenous leaders, including Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike […]