National Newswatch

House Democrat Richard Neal talks new NAFTA with Liberals in Ottawa

Nov 6 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — An influential American Democratic lawmaker affirmed his party's commitment to push the ratification of the new North American free trade deal during a visit Wednesday with the newly-re-elected Trudeau Liberals. "We want to see this implemented," said Democrat Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives ways and means committee. The committee he leads oversees […]

Trudeau, Chile’s Pinera speak before APEC and climate summits cancelled

Oct 30 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Chile's cancellation of two upcoming summits is a sign of a weakening world order that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow world leaders need to confront, says the head of a Canadian foreign policy think-tank. Trudeau spoke to President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday, one day before the Chilean leader pulled the plug […]

Democrats can learn from slim Liberal win to beat Trump: ex-Obama envoy Heyman

Oct 29 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Barack Obama's former Canadian envoy says divided Democrats in his party can learn important lessons from Justin Trudeau's slim election victory in their quest to defeat Donald Trump and the Republicans next year. Bruce Heyman says there is a key parallel with Trump's 2016 election victory and the Trudeau Liberal minority government win last […]

Police called after Catherine McKenna’s office vandalized with vulgar slur

Oct 24 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Newly re-elected Liberal MP Catherine McKenna says she has notified police after someone spray-painted a vulgar slur on the front of her Ottawa Centre campaign office. Staff arriving at the office Thursday morning found the four-letter obscenity scrawled in red paint over a photo of the environment minister. A visibly shaken McKenna held a news conference to […]

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Oct 18 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer denied Friday that he was spreading misinformation when he accused his Liberal and NDP opponents of contemplating tax hikes that they have not announced. The Liberal and NDP leaders said the Conservative leader was just making things up. Scheer's claim came in Fredericton where he said — without citing specific evidence — that a potential coalition between the […]

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

Oct 17 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Four days before Canadians go to the polls, the leaders of Canada's three largest federal parties argued Thursday over how the country will be governed if there is no clear winner on election day.    Most polls continue to suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are deadlocked, raising talk about potential minority or coalition governments as support […]

Trudeau, Singh jockey for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

Oct 15 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and New Democrat opponent Jagmeet Singh fought Tuesday for the hearts and minds of "progressive" voters, hope sprung eternal for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer — who predicted he'd win a majority government. Scheer's optimism contrasted with several polls that suggested his party was deadlocked with the Liberals in minority-government […]

Canadian woman held in Iran after husband died now home safe: Freeland

Oct 11 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is confirming that a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen who has been denied permission to leave Iran is now safe at home in Canada. Freeland tweeted that Maryam Mombeini has been reunited with her family in Canada, and the minister lauded her for her bravery. The Iranian government denied Mombeini […]

Trudeau, Scheer navigate climate marches that dominate federal campaign

Sep 27 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer did not take part in Friday's massive climate-change marches as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau waded in deep, accepting the criticism of teenaged climate-change activist Greta Thunberg along the way. Both major-party leaders were making political calculations on a day when the federal election campaign was dwarfed by the spectacle […]

Trudeau, Scheer trade populism warnings, corruption charges on campaign

Sep 26 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer evoked the populism-fuelled political turmoil in the United States and Britain and the SNC-Lavalin scandal to vilify each other on the federal campaign trail Thursday. The Liberal leader drew a link between his Conservative opponent and the instability caused by the impeachment drama unfolding in the U.S. and the Brexit agony that […]