National Newswatch

Veterans Affairs bungles VE-Day video by showing Nazis

May 9 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Veterans Affairs Canada quickly deleted a video it posted online this week, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of VE-Day, upon realizing it showed images of the German Wehrmacht, the unified Nazi forces in the Second World War. The tweet said: “74 years ago, crowds celebrated Victory in Europe (V-E) Day across the Allied nations. Today, […]

Missing Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon has been safely found, police say

May 8 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Ottawa police say that Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon has been safely found. “Missing person, Clement Gascon, 59, has been located safe and sound. Thank you for your assistance,” the Ottawa Police Service said on Twitter. Earlier Wednesday evening, Ottawa police had issued a notice, asking for the public’s help in locating Gascon, who was […]

U.S. Senate passes resolution commending Canada for its actions in Huawei case

May 8 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — The United States Senate has passed a resolution praising the Canadian government for the way it has conducted itself in the case of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. The resolution commends “the government of Canada for upholding the rule of law and expressing concern over actions by the government of the People’s Republic […]

Trudeau reaches out to Cuba on behalf of Lima Group to end Venezuela crisis

May 3 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Miguel Diaz-Canel, the president of Cuba, spoke about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela on Friday and how they could work together to resolve the crisis gripping the rich South American country. “The prime minister, on behalf of the Lima Group, underscored the desire to see free and fair elections and […]

Ontario NDP asks federal elections watchdog to look into Ontario carbon tax sticker campaign

Apr 18 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — The Ontario NDP wants Canada’s federal elections watchdog to look into whether Ontario Premier Doug Ford is violating federal election advertising rules with his anti-carbon tax sticker campaign. The Ontario budget included something called the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act, which requires all gas stations in the province to display a sticker on their pumps […]

Trudeau road tests campaign attacks that lump Scheer and Doug Ford with the alt-right

Apr 12 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau road tested his campaign strategy Friday, lumping Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other right-of-centre politicians who deny climate change, vilify immigrants and tolerate white nationalists. In a 25-minute speech to supporters in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga that mentioned Ford as much as it did Scheer, […]

3 interesting twists Wilson-Raybould’s new evidence reveals about the SNC-Lavalin controversy

Mar 30 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Insight into how Brian Mulroney ordered Kim Campbell to interfere in a file. The additional information on the SNC-Lavalin affair that former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould provided to a House of Commons committee Friday revealed a few interesting twists in a controversy that has had politically minded Canadians gripped for the past […]

Liberals on justice committee say it’s time to end SNC-Lavalin probe

Mar 18 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Liberal MPs on the House of Commons Justice committee say their work is done and any further examination of the SNC Lavalin affair should be left to the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. The five Liberals on the committee wrote to chair Anthony Housefather today, outlining their argument that the committee has completed its […]

8 questions the justice committee is likely to ask Jody Wilson-Raybould today

Feb 27 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will appear before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday to present her version of events surrounding her departure from the federal cabinet. While before MPs, the following eight questions are likely to come up in one form or another as the committee tries to determine whether the Prime Minister’s […]

The 9 faces at the centre of the Jody Wilson-Raybould, PMO affair

Feb 15 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — This week, the House of Commons justice and human rights committee held an emergency meeting to probe allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office applied pressure to the minister of justice to help the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution in a bribery case. During that meeting, Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs sparred over which […]