National Newswatch

Don’t self-censor to please China in trading relationship, exiled Tibetan leader tells Canada

Jun 18 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — During a visit to Ottawa this week, Tibet’s exiled political leader was warning Canada not to fall into a trap as its trade relationship with China deepens. Especially amid recent uncertainty with Canada’s biggest trade partner, the United States, it makes economic sense to engage with China, said Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan […]

‘Protectionism, pure and simple’: In Washington speech, Freeland delivers Canada’s strongest-yet rebuke of Trump tariffs

Jun 13 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — As she accepted an award from magazine Foreign Policy for being “diplomat of the year” in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland was set to deliver a striking rebuke of United States policies under President Donald Trump, and a clear warning that democracy in the world is under threat. The text of the […]

Conservatives defend accusing Trudeau of ‘failure’ on U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

Jun 1 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — From Jason Kenney to Brad Wall, Scott Moe to James Moore, many of Canada’s most prominent conservative politicians and ex-politicians voiced public support of Justin Trudeau Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped Canada, Mexico and the European Union with new steel and aluminum tariffs. There was some consensus, it seemed, that this was a […]

‘What a mess’: Open rebellion from Conservatives, NDP over $7 billion spending approval

May 25 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — It was open rebellion from the opposition as the House of Commons erupted in yelling and desk-slamming Friday morning with MPs protesting the speaker’s decision to cut off a point of order about the Liberal government’s alleged “slush” fund. The extremely loud and unusual ruckus began as opposition MPs rose in solidarity with NDP MP […]

Ethics watchdog launches inquiry into Liberal MP Raj Grewal after conflict-of-interest worries

May 17 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The federal ethics watchdog is opening a formal investigation into Liberal MP Raj Grewal after he invited an employer to attend receptions in India during the prime minister’s trip in February. “I have determined that an inquiry under the (Conflict of Interest) Code is warranted,” Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said in a “confidential” letter to […]

Transport bill gets delayed again as Liberal government pushes back against Senate

May 11 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Liberal government is pushing back against the Senate after its near-unprecedented move to insist on amendments to an omnibus transport bill, adding to delays for the legislation. Last week, MPs had accepted some but rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments to a bill making big changes to Canada’s transportation laws. On Thursday afternoon, […]

Opposition parties skeptical of federal government’s new $7-billion ‘slush’ fund

Apr 17 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Federal opposition parties are raising alarm bells about a new $7-billion envelope — which they call a “slush” fund — in the main budgetary estimates that Liberals introduced to Parliament on Monday. Worried that Liberals are giving themselves billions of dollars worth of wiggle room right before an election year, Conservatives are asking for assurances […]

First it was poppies, now it’s ‘Possum Magic’: Canadian Mint ups ante in court battle with Australia over coins

Apr 17 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — A legal battle between the Royal Canadian Mint and its counterpart in Australia is heating up as Canada cries foul over “Possum Magic” coins. The Canadian Crown corporation is alleging the Royal Australian Mint stole its method for printing colour onto metal, and has expanded a December lawsuit over red poppies on a run of […]

Cash in a filing cabinet and 20 TVs in storage: audit finds serious mismanagement at Canada’s embassy in Egypt

Apr 12 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — An audit of Canada’s embassy in Egypt has found serious examples of mismanagement, including the loss of $81,000 in unrecoverable taxes and a decision to buy 20 high-quality televisions, then abandon them for months in a warehouse. The details are revealed in a newly-released report, part of a multi-year review of which Canadian embassies are […]

O’Regan may face inquiry for failure to disclose Aga Khan vacation with PM to ethics commissioner

Apr 11 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The federal ethics commissioner may investigate Liberal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan for failing to disclose a vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island. In December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was found to have violated federal conflict-of-interest and ethics rules by accepting an all-expenses-paid vacation to a Bell Cay, a private island in the Bahamas owned […]