National Newswatch

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 […]

Health Canada proposes strict limits on marijuana packaging, production

Mar 19 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — The federal government today released the results of its public consultation on the legalization of pot and revealed its proposals for how the product will be packaged and regulated. “Over the past two years we have consulted extensively on our plans to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis,” MP Bill Blair, the federal government’s […]

Trudeau firmly defends summer job grant policy at Winnipeg town hall

Feb 1 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was unequivocal in his defence of the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program during a town hall in Winnipeg on Wednesday night, arguing that groups actively fighting against LGBT inclusion and a woman’s reproductive rights are “wrong.” The evening included a broad range of questions, such as one about his government’s […]

New ethics commissioner to continue investigation into Bill Morneau

Jan 15 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s new Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says he has informed Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the investigation into whether he broke the Conflict of Interest Act will proceed. Former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson began investigating Morneau’s role in the introduction of Bill C-27 while he still owned shares in his family’s pension company, but retired […]