National Newswatch

Steven MacKinnon wants to create ‘space’ for Liberal MPs in new role as chief government whip

Oct 31 2021 — Ryan Maloney — The new chief government whip let loose a laugh when asked about his aggressive-sounding job title. “That has a historic significance,” Steven MacKinnon said. “The role of whip has fundamentally nothing to do with … a device that causes harm.” The term “whip” comes from 18th-century hunting slang, according to the British Parliament. The “whipper-in” […]

New environment minister downplays questions about past activism, says he has no ‘secret agenda’

Oct 27 2021 — Ryan Maloney — Ex-minister Jonathan Wilkinson calls on Premier Kenney to ‘dial down the rhetoric.’ Canada’s new environment minister says his past as an activist should not raise alarms in the energy industry or the office of Alberta’s premier. “I don’t have a secret agenda as environment minister,” Steven Guilbeault said today after the first meeting in Ottawa […]

New faces named to cabinet as PM renovates front bench

Oct 26 2021 — Ryan Maloney — Trudeau named eight rookies to cabinet and brought back a minister dropped in 2019. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has renovated his front bench by naming eight new faces to his cabinet. He’s also brought back a minister he dropped from his inner circle two years ago. In building his new cabinet, Trudeau favoured appointing new […]

‘Technical problems’ with Elections Canada website, long lineups frustrate voters

Sep 20 2021 — Ryan Maloney — Elections Canada has apologized for “technical problems” with an application on its website that tells Canadians where to vote in Monday’s federal election. The site’s voter information service page usually lets Canadians find their polling station by entering their postal code and address. Voters can also search based on electoral district names. But many took […]

O’Toole pressed to release price tag for Conservative campaign promises

Sep 7 2021 — Ryan Maloney — With less than two weeks left in the federal election campaign, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole faced renewed pressure today to release his party’s platform cost. At a campaign event in Ottawa, the Conservative leader was reminded by reporters that while there will be two leaders’ debates this week — a French-language event Wednesday and an […]

Erin O’Toole Sidesteps Questions On Tory MP Derek Sloan Sponsoring Petition Questioning Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Dec 4 2020 — Ryan Maloney — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole wouldn’t say Thursday if he has a problem with MP Derek Sloan’s sponsoring of an electronic petition that falsely casts doubt on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines at a time when the Tory leader is pushing to see vaccinations in Canada. At a press conference in Ottawa, O’Toole faced several questions […]

Chrystia Freeland Accuses Erin O’Toole Of Being ‘Deliberately Dishonest’ About Her Support For Israel

Nov 25 2020 — Ryan Maloney — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has accused Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole of engaging in a “deliberately dishonest” line of attack over her support for Israel. Freeland, who is also Canada’s finance minister, tweeted Tuesday evening that O’Toole should apologize, saying “Canadians deserve better from their political leaders.”