National Newswatch

Trudeau’s ‘weakness and fear’ over blockades, Teck mine driving away investment, says Scheer

Feb 24 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Jason Kenney says Liberal government lacks ‘courage to defend the interests of Canadians.’ Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer today accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of driving away energy sector investment, saying his “weakness and fear” in dealing with opponents of oilsands development killed the Teck Frontier project “through delay and by constantly moving the goalposts.” […]

Manning Centre to change its name as founder Preston Manning announces retirement

Jan 16 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning has announced his retirement from the political think tank and advocacy group that bears his name. It won’t have his name for much longer: the Manning Centre for Building Democracy has announced a rebranding effort for the the organization and the high-profile conferences it organizes. Manning Centre president Troy […]

Canada getting access to black boxes from downed Ukrainian airliner – but role in investigation still unclear

Jan 13 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Officials from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada say Iran is giving Canadian investigators access to the “black box” flight data recorders from downed Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, but Canada’s role in the investigation beyond that remains unclear. “The TSB will … deploy a second team of investigators with expertise in aircraft recorder download […]

Morneau to release fall economic and fiscal update next week

Dec 13 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release his fall economic and fiscal update Dec. 16. The announcement comes after a week which saw the Conservatives accuse the Liberal government of ignoring signs that the economy is facing challenges. Statistics Canada reported that Canada lost 71,000 jobs in November — about 45,000 of them in Quebec and […]

Fixing equalization will not be easy, but there are other options, say experts

Nov 16 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — As the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to demand a better deal within the federation, all eyes are beginning to focus on the controversial government equalization program. It was crafted to help poorer provinces deliver the same level of government services as richer ones, but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe […]

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 […]