National Newswatch

Premier Ford won’t meet with top Trudeau minister Dominic LeBlanc this week

Oct 16 2018 — Laura Stone — As tensions increase between the federal and Ontario governments, Premier Doug Ford’s office says he won’t be meeting this week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s point man on federal-provincial relations due to “scheduling constraints.” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is making his first trip to Queen’s Park since being named to his new role this […]

Dairy lobby’s claim about a deal with Andrew Scheer is false, Conservative leader’s office says

Aug 26 2018 — Laura Stone — Andrew Scheer’s office says Canada’s dairy lobbyists gave false information in their own briefing book when they claimed the Conservative Leader promised to prevent a contentious policy from making it into the party’s election platform, regardless of what the Tory membership wanted. The briefing document from the Dairy Farmers of Canada was discovered by delegates […]

Top Conservative aide seen speaking to Rebel Media, who are banned from party convention

Aug 24 2018 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s national campaign manager was seen speaking with members of Rebel Media outside of the party’s convention in Halifax, even though the far-right website is barred from covering the event for being an “activist” group. Hamish Marshall, who will spearhead the Conservative Party’s federal election efforts, was spotted speaking to members of […]

Scheer fires back at Liberals for ‘pathetic’ attack on Tory MP over NAFTA

Aug 5 2018 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is firing back at the Liberals for linking a Tory MP’s recent trip to Washington with ongoing trade negotiations, accusing the government of using a “cynical political strategy” to distract from stalled trade talks with the United States. In a strongly-worded statement released on Saturday, Mr. Scheer said Transport Minister Marc […]

Liberals slam Conservative MP Kelly McCauley for refusing Canadian embassy aid during talks in Washington

Aug 3 2018 — Laura Stone — The Liberal government is crying foul over a Conservative MP’s decision to decline an offer to bring Canadian embassy officials to recent meetings in Washington, but the Tory backbencher says it wasn’t required. Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who heads the Canada-U.S. cabinet committee, criticized Conservative MP Kelly McCauley for attending meetings this week in the […]

‘Tory whisperer’ Dominic LeBlanc to spearhead Ottawa’s provincial relations in new role

Jul 19 2018 — Laura Stone — He’s known around Parliament Hill as a shrewd political communicator with a jocular side, not to mention the fact that he’s one of Justin Trudeau’s oldest friends. Now, Dominic LeBlanc is taking over one of the Prime Minister’s own posts as the new Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, at a critical time in federal-provincial relations. Experienced, confident […]

Andrew Scheer’s team distances itself from anti-immigration group in Quebec

Jun 19 2018 — Laura Stone — Andrew Scheer’s Quebec team is distancing itself from an online post in an anti-immigration group, made by a local riding president who claimed he was helping campaign for the federal Conservative leader in a provincial by-election on Monday. Catherine Major, the Conservative party’s Quebec press secretary, said she demanded the resignation of Rivière-du-Nord riding president […]