National Newswatch

Canadians should have right to know personal data held by parties after Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, says privacy commissioner

Apr 9 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — Canada’s privacy commissioner, who is conducting an investigation into the Cambridge-Analytica-Facebook scandal and a separate probe into whether Canadian privacy laws were violated by AggregateIQ in order to sway the Brexit vote, says Canada’s federal political parties need to be covered by privacy laws and voters should have the right to find out what personal […]

Conservatives, NDP say they’ve never accessed Facebook profiles to microtarget voters, Liberals point to privacy policy

Mar 26 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — Conservatives and New Democrats say they have never collected private information on Canadians without their permission, or asked to access their Facebook pages to gather information to microtarget voters, while the governing Liberals say they follow a privacy policy and don’t have access to any Facebook accounts beyond their own. The explosive fallout from the […]

Trans Mountain expansion could be ‘major issue’ in next election, says Riis, but most MPs in pipeline’s path cite ‘overwhelming’ support

Mar 12 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — The government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is expected to cost the party electorally in 2019, but most MPs in the pipeline’s proposed path say the majority of their constituents support it. “This could be one of the major issues in the next federal election, particularly in the Lower Mainland […]

NDP elects former Hill staffer Vick as new party president

Feb 18 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — NDP members elected a new party president on the last day of the party’s 2018 policy convention, with former Hill staffer Mathieu Vick being elevated to the role after garnering roughly 83 per cent of the votes cast. “I’m here for the same reasons as all of you. We need urgent action on income inequality, […]

Galvanizing members, regaining momentum key for NDP at convention to be in fighting shape for 2019: strategists

Feb 17 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — With more than 1,800 New Democrats gathered in Ottawa to debate and help shape future party policies, NDP strategist and former national director Karl Bélanger says a top priority this weekend is to “galvanize” members and regain the momentum that’s flagged since the leadership race. “The most important thing is to galvanize the activists and […]

Liberal MP Mendes wants a Hill ‘harassment watch,’ after CP survey finds 58 per cent of female MPs subject to sexual misconduct while in office

Jan 8 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes says MPs should set up an informal, cross-party support system on the Hill to address sexual harassment and sexual misconduct as the #MeToo global movement against misogynistic behaviour hits Parliament Hill. “It’s a bit of perhaps a utopian kind of solution, but [to] kind of start, not a neighbourhood watch, but […]

NDP continues court challenge against BOIE, but current, former MPs repaying money, Cleary says it ‘left a bad taste’

Nov 6 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — The NDP’s court challenge against the powerful House Board of Internal Economy’s 2014 order to repay almost $4-million in expenses continues and in the meantime current and former NDP MPs have paid the money back or are currently doing so by having their expense reimbursements docked. “Every time I ask for reimbursement [for expense claims], […]

Hill security officers’ labour dispute escalates, as union alleges ‘intimidation,’ ‘threats’ by management

Sep 29 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — House security officers have resumed protest actions amid an escalating labour stand between the officers’ union and the Parliamentary Protective Service, with the union last week filing dozens of grievances over what it’s deemed a “cocktail of intimidation, threats and disinformation” from the employer. “The agreement that we signed in order for us to stop […]

INAC split a ‘game-changer,’ Bellegarde calls for an independent national treaty commissioner

Sep 11 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — The splitting up of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is being called a “game-changer” for Indigenous relations in Canada, but former deputy minister Scott Serson says the government should first issue a royal proclamation to define its new relationship with Indigenous peoples. “They’re saying this is a reflection of an RCAP [Royal Commission on Aboriginal […]

Indigenous women’s representatives warn against ‘hard reset’ of MMIW inquiry

Aug 21 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — Despite mounting criticism over the progress and process of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, some Indigenous women’s representatives warn that a “hard reset” could result in lost progress on this issue and perhaps be the death knell for the inquiry. “The many families who participated in the Whitehorse inquiry […]

Trudeau’s atypical media exposure pushed by ‘most image-conscious PMO in Canadian history’

Aug 14 2017 — Laura Ryckewaert — From Rolling Stone magazine to CBS Sports, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a point of engaging beyond the usual media suspects covering Canadian politics, and it’s all part of a media strategy of what is considered the most image-conscious, communications-driven Prime Minister’s Office ever, say strategists. “The Prime Minister’s Office has an innate understanding of […]