National Newswatch

Would the Philippines declare war on Canada over a pile of garbage, or is it just a ’symbolic pissing contest’?

Apr 25 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The president of the Philippines was threatening to declare war on Canada this week if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t take care of a big pile of garbage. Following years of calls from environmental groups, anger from local politicians and a Filipino court order, dozens of shipping containers full of Vancouver trash are still sitting […]

As SNC-Lavalin scandal rages on, Metro Vancouver lobbies Liberal ministers on open Competition Bureau probe

Mar 21 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — At a time when the federal Liberals are under attack over alleged political interference in the SNC-Lavalin affair, a B.C. regional district appears to have asked two cabinet ministers to intervene in an Competition Bureau investigation because they share the same goals on climate policy. Metro Vancouver, which provides services to 21 municipalities and a […]

Conservatives worry Liberals’ budget announcements intended to distract public from SNC-Lavalin

Mar 18 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — On the same day that Liberals are set to unveil their last federal budget before the next federal election, the House of Commons justice committee will hold a hotly anticipated, private meeting to discuss where to go next with its investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair. During a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, opposition party MPs are […]

‘How much do I smile?’ Senators get crash course in how to act in front of cameras as televised sittings set to start

Mar 14 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — When the Senate starts broadcasting its proceedings live on Monday evening for the first time, it will be, for senators, an exercise not only in public transparency but also in remembering to take off their lanyards for the cameras. “The first time that somebody gets caught picking their teeth, people are, you know, we fidget, […]

How Quebec is reacting to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s bombshell: ‘Nobody is a friend of Trudeau’

Feb 28 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — After weeks of sympathizing with his plight to save SNC-Lavalin from the potential penalties of criminal prosecution, Quebec’s pundit classes have now concluded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau crossed the line in his dealings with former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. In the hours after Wilson-Raybould’s scathing testimony at a Commons justice committee Wednesday evening, commentary […]

Here’s what Quebec’s francophone pundits are saying about Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin

Feb 13 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — In the ongoing debate over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and what kind of “pressure” was put on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent it, the pundit classes of Quebec and the rest of Canada are singing different songs. Since the Globe and Mail published a report last week alleging the Prime Minister’s Office pushed Wilson-Raybould […]

Maxime Bernier defends right-hand man after accusations of ‘antisemitism, misogyny, and racism’

Feb 6 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Maxime Bernier, leader of the nascent People’s Party of Canada, is defending his right-hand man Martin Masse amid accusations the top party official fomented “antisemitism, misogyny, and racism” in his past writings. Jewish-Canadian group B’nai Brith Canada released findings from their “independent investigation” of Masse on Wednesday, based on a review of his work for […]

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh sows confusion on ‘sensitive’ Venezuela issue, contradicting party line

Feb 6 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — When reporters asked him who the president of the country is, unlike his representative, Singh wouldn’t name one. Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh caused further confusion about his party’s position on Venezuela when he refused to say who he recognizes as the country’s president — putting him out of line with his own foreign affairs […]

Canadian unions helped fund delegation that gave glowing review of Venezuela election widely seen as illegitimate

Feb 5 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Four Canadian unions helped fund a private delegation to observe the Venezuelan presidential election last year, even as Canada, the United States and President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents decried the results as illegitimate. With many of Maduro’s opponents in jail or barred from running for office and the country’s legislative system already weakened under his rule, […]

Majority of Canadians think Trudeau is doing bad job handling tense relations with China: poll

Feb 1 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — A narrow majority of Canadians disapproves of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is navigating a tense downward spiral in Canada-China relations, a new poll has found. The arrest of a Huawei executive in December for possible extradition to the United States is what triggered the current decline, but a similar majority said in late January […]

Liberals accused of undermining democracy with $7-billion budgetary ‘slush fund’

Jan 31 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Federal opposition parties have renewed their accusations that Liberals are weakening the House of Commons and its responsibility for overseeing government spending decisions by having MPs vote on $7-billion worth of budget measures all at once. The Conservatives and NDP warn that the Liberal experiment last year of having MPs vote on the measures en […]