National Newswatch

Privacy watchdog says he will look for amendments to new privacy legislation

Nov 19 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s privacy watchdog said today he sees the federal government’s new privacy legislation as an improvement on existing laws, but he has concerns about some aspects of the bill and will be looking for amendments. “This ambitious reform initiative includes several significant improvements. However, the bill also raises a number of questions about its ability […]

Throne speech passes House with NDP support

Oct 6 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government survived a confidence vote tonight as the House of Commons voted 177 to 152 to pass the speech from the throne. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his parliamentary caucus voted for the speech after winning some key changes to legislation last week. Those concessions included extending benefits for […]

How to watch the Green Party of Canada choose its next leader

Oct 2 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — The Green Party of Canada will announce the results of its federal leadership contest Saturday evening in Ottawa. CBC News will have special online coverage of the Green Party leadership results, hosted by Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos and featuring CBC’s David Thurton and Éric Grenier, starting at 5:45 p.m. ET on cbcnews.ca, CBC […]

With Conservatives out, Liberals need Bloc or NDP support to avoid election

Sep 24 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — The fate of the Liberals’ minority government now hangs in the balance, with the Conservatives saying they can’t support the throne speech and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet setting conditions for their party’s support. The throne speech will face a confidence vote in the House of Commons. If the government […]

Conservatives again ask lobbying commissioner to probe Telford’s husband

Sep 4 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — The Conservatives have again asked Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger to investigate the activities of the spouse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff, amid allegations of improper lobbying. Vice reported last month that Rob Silver had contacted staff in the Prime Minister’s Office and then-finance minister Bill Morneau’s office to ask for changes to […]

5 highlights from WE Charity documents disclosed by Liberals

Aug 20 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament the finance committee had requested all documents related to the Liberal government’s decision to task WE Charity — which has ties to the Trudeau family and members of his government — with running a $900 million student grant program. The House of Commons will return Sept. 23. When […]

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. […]