National Newswatch

Scheer promises $20,000 fines for politicians who violate ethics laws

Oct 16 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today that a government led by him would introduce penalties for politicians found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act. “For breaking the Conflict of Interest Act not only once, but twice, Justin Trudeau faced absolutely no consequences. That’s because there are no consequences attached under the law,” Scheer […]

Conservatives forced to delete tweet alleging Trudeau under RCMP investigation

Sep 17 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Rick Mercer also demands Tories remove Tweet claiming comedian wants young people to ‘vote Conservative.’ The Conservatives were forced Tuesday to remove two social media posts claiming the RCMP had confirmed it was investigating Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin affair. The tweets came shortly after RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki held a press conference […]

Bernier walks back ‘mentally unstable’ attack on Greta Thunberg – then calls activist a ‘pawn’

Sep 4 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Maxime Bernier has taken to Twitter to explain a series of controversial tweets the People’s Party of Canada leader made calling Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg “mentally unstable.” On September 2, Bernier posted a series of tweets in which he said Thunberg is “clearly mentally unstable. Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and […]

Two Montreal companies admit to making $115,000 in illegal donations to Liberals, Conservatives

Aug 29 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Two Montréal-based companies have admitted to making illegal donations to the federal Liberal and Conservative parties totalling more than $115,000. The two firms, Group AXOR Inc. and Axor Experts-Conseils Inc., entered into compliance agreements with the commissioner of Canada Elections for having made the donations between 2004 and 2009. The firms were found to have […]

Environmental groups can still talk climate change during election, says Canada’s chief electoral officer

Aug 20 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s chief electoral officer issued a public statement today assuring environmental organizations that they’re free to promote action to fight climate change during the fall federal election without falling afoul of the Canada Elections Act. “The act does not prevent individuals or groups from talking about issues or publishing information,” Stéphane Perrault said. Perrault issued […]

Conservatives ‘declaring war on Canada Food Guide’ like they did on long-form census, Trudeau says

Jul 18 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government’s update to the Canada Food Guide in the wake of attacks by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer who suggested the changes were riddled with “bias” and driven by “ideology.” “The Canada Food Guide is based on evidence, based on science, based on research,” Trudeau told reporters in Victoria […]

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs abandons planned carbon tax court fight

Jul 8 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — ‘It wouldn’t make sense for me to … use taxpayer dollars to go and present the same case.’ New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is abandoning his government’s plans to launch a legal challenge of Ottawa’s carbon tax, adding the government will continue intervening in Saskatchewan’s ongoing legal challenge of the federal carbon pricing backstop. “Right […]