National Newswatch

Trudeau has some questions to answer today: here are 3 of them

Jul 30 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — From the moment Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his student grant program last month, he and those close to him have battled to defend the Liberal government from allegations that have all but erased the goodwill Trudeau earned with his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Trudeau and Katie Telford, his chief of staff, […]

WE Charity’s reputation at risk as co-founders appear before House committee, pollsters say

Jul 28 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — When WE Charity founders Craig and Marc Kielburger appear before a House committee on Tuesday to answer questions about the partnership they’d struck with the Liberal government to administer a $900-million student grant program, they will be risking the very reputation of the charity they started, say pollsters. “Charities are feeling the pressure of the […]

Trudeau agrees to 1 request to testify on WE controversy – as 2nd committee asks for him too

Jul 22 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accepted an invitation to testify before the Commons Finance Committee about a controversial agreement to have the WE organization run the government’s $900-million student volunteer grant program, the Prime Minister’s Office says. The PMO said arrangements still have to be made to set the date and time for Trudeau’s appearance. […]

Ethics watchdog launches probe of Trudeau over choice of WE Charity to run $900M student grant program

Jul 3 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the government’s decision to task the WE Charity — which has ties to Trudeau’s family — with administering a $900 million summer student grant program. Trudeau and his government have been under fire since announcing the contract because […]

Provinces will decide when to reopen their economies, Trudeau says

Apr 23 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Now that Saskatchewan has announced its plan to slowly reopen its economy, pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government to roll out a strategy for restoring economic activity across the country. Today, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Trudeau to deliver such a plan. “Certain provinces have been able to […]

Poloz sees parts of Canadian economy beginning to restart in ‘late May’

Apr 17 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s economy was well prepared for the shock of the coronavirus and will likely recover faster than those of comparable countries, according to the governor of the Bank of Canada. But even with strong economic fundamentals and a robust program of economic support, Stephen Poloz said that in a best-case scenario it would take the […]

Canadians receiving the CERB must re-apply to continue receiving benefits

Apr 16 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Canadians who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for the first four weeks it was available will need to reapply if they want to continue receiving payments. The federal government’s CERB offers individual Canadians $2,000 over a four week period, up to a maximum of 16 weeks or four pay periods. The benefit’s first […]

Canadian officials working around the clock to secure medical supplies, deputy minister says

Apr 15 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Canadian officials are working day and night to buy, ship and encourage the domestic manufacturing of much-needed personal protective equipment, according to a senior government official, as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues. “It is no secret that we are operating in a highly competitive global environment, and this comes with challenges,” said Bill […]