National Newswatch

‘Our party took a $20-million hit,’ Conservatives to claw back money from candidates post-election

Aug 13 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Conservative Party will begin clawing back money from its electoral district associations after the next election, to make up for money lost when the former Conservative government eliminated the per-vote subsidy. The Conservative Party will ask the EDAs to hand over half of the money they receive when Elections Canada reimburses candidates for 60 […]

‘We’re in the middle of shifting our system to deal with a lot more irregular migrants,’ says Trudeau

Jul 2 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — Canada is changing its asylum system in response to the thousands of would-be refugees pouring across the Quebec-New York border, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (York South-Weston, Ont.) says the feds’ efforts to deter economic migrants from using the asylum system are now starting to pay off. […]

Republicans pressure Trump to drop tariffs after Trudeau retaliation, but it might not matter, say U.S. trade watchers

Jun 11 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — Republican lawmakers are pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., likely making the case that the move could pave the road to his impeachment, say a former trade adviser to U.S. politicians and a Canadian lobbyist tracking the trade battle. “The only hope there is the Republican leadership […]

Liberal MPs suggest more than 100 amendments to government’s environmental impact assessment bill

May 14 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — But opposition MPs are up in arms over the tight timeline set by the Liberals on the House Environment Committee for reviewing hundreds of proposed changes to the bill. Liberal MPs have proposed more than 100 changes to the government’s wide-ranging Impact Assessment Bill, including to the role of energy regulators in the new environmental […]

Liberals’ major new elections bill to undercut Conservatives’ spending advantage during campaigns

May 7 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The government’s major new elections bill will scrap the rising cap on spending by political parties during long election campaigns, a move that could limit how the opposition Conservatives can capitalize on their long-held fundraising advantage in the 2019 election. Bill C-76, the Elections Modernization Act, will also establish a spending limit for at least […]

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee won’t have time to fully examine how sweeping cannabis bill will affect international treaties, says Andreychuk

Apr 9 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee won’t be able to examine all the ways the government’s cannabis legalization bill will affect Canada’s international treaties before reporting back to the Senate by May 1, says Saskatchewan Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk, who chairs the committee. “It is going to be very difficult to accomplish what […]

Facebook makes it easy to run illegal and ‘Astroturf’ ads, say Canadian digital political strategists

Apr 2 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — Anonymous and illegal political ad campaigns are probably already running in Canada, thanks in part to Facebook and other online advertising platforms that make it easy to skirt laws around political advertising, say political digital marketing specialists. “If you want to influence around the rules, it’s pretty straightforward to do so,” said Stephen Carter, a […]

Senators expected to lobby peers over controversial pot bill amendments, Social Affairs calling the shots

Apr 2 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The Senate is breaking new ground with a sweeping study of the marijuana legalization Bill C-45, with five committees tackling the legislation that would fulfill a key Liberal campain promise, and Senators are expected to lobby peers on the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee who will decide which amendments to include or leave out of a […]

AFN chief says Sen. Beyak’s letters ‘discredit’ the Senate, calls for sanctions

Mar 20 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling on Senators to consider sanctioning unaffiliated Senator Lynn Beyak over racist letters posted on her website. Perry Bellegarde made the request in a March 16 letter addressed to Senate Speaker George Furey (Newfoundland and Labrador), Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk (Saskatchewan), who chairs the Senate […]

CPTPP is in the bag, but Liberals failing to execute on trade with Asia, say top Senator, trade analyst

Mar 12 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — The federal Liberal government hasn’t done enough to expand trade ties in Asia, say a top Trudeau-appointed Senator and a prominent Ottawa trade analyst, despite signing the CPTPP, an 11-country trade agreement for the Asia-Pacific region, last week. “They get high marks for ambition, but low marks for execution,” said Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo […]

Boushie’s uncle slams Saskatchewan MPs who won’t speak up: ‘They figure this is just going to go away’

Mar 5 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — MPs from Saskatchewan aren’t speaking out enough about racial tension and problems with the justice system in the wake of the Gerald Stanley trial, says Alvin Baptiste, the uncle of Colten Boushie, the young Indigenous man shot to death in Saskatchewan in 2016 by farmer Gerald Stanley. “These MPs in Saskatchewan here, I think they’re […]