National Newswatch

‘Not Canadian’: Hussen, MacLeod exchange sharp words over asylum seeker ‘crisis’

Jul 13 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — A meeting between Canada’s federal and provincial immigration ministers ended bitterly Friday, with federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen openly criticizing the Ontario government for what he called a dangerous and un-Canadian approach to the issue of asylum seekers. “They’ve chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue-jumping, when we have told them over […]

Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal weed in 8 to 12 weeks

Jun 19 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Senators have voted to pass the federal government’s bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52 to 29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. “I’m feeling just great,” said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “We’ve just witnessed a […]

Trudeau calls Trump to talk about auto tariff threat

May 25 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said he talked to U.S. President Donald Trump today about his administration’s decision to investigate auto imports as a threat to national security, a day after Trudeau said the idea was based on flimsy logic. Trudeau spoke with Trump by phone, according to a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office. […]

Ottawa to intervene in B.C.’s Trans Mountain court case

May 3 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — The federal government says it will intervene in the provincial B.C. government’s Trans Mountain pipeline court reference action that will decide whether the province can restrict any increase in the amount of bitumen that moves across its border. “We are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and will intervene on the question in order to defend our […]

Morneau shoots down Singh’s high court proposal to end pipeline standoff

Apr 11 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has dismissed NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s pitch to bring the standoff over the Kinder Morgan pipeline to an end, saying the idea of sending the matter to the Supreme Court is “not a course of action that makes sense.” Speaking in Toronto today, Morneau told reporters once again that his government […]

Nearly a third of Canadians don’t believe humans, industry cause climate change: poll

Apr 4 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Nearly a third of Canadians say they’re not convinced that climate change is being caused by human and industrial activity, according to a newly released Abacus Data poll. The poll, commissioned by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, examined Canadian attitudes on climate change and the policy responses offered by governments, with an emphasis on examining attitudes toward […]

Jagmeet Singh backs off punishment of senior MP after internal rebuke

Mar 27 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — After facing a rebuke from senior New Democrat MPs, party leader Jagmeet Singh has backed away from a punishment he levied against his party’s former deputy leader. Singh removed Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson from his role as vice-chair of a powerful parliamentary committee when the MP supported a Conservative motion protesting the Liberal government’s […]

Canada’s privacy watchdog launches investigation into Facebook after allegations of data leak

Mar 20 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook after a series of media reports alleged that private online information belonging to millions of Americans was obtained by a company working on U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign. “We have received a complaint against Facebook in relation to allegations involving Cambridge Analytica and have therefore […]