National Newswatch

Spy agency expects ‘state-sponsored’ attempts to sway public opinion

Dec 6 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s cyber spy agency is warning that in 2019—an election year—state-sponsored actors are “very likely” to try to sway Canadians’ public opinion. “In the coming year, we anticipate state-sponsored cyber threat actors will attempt to advance their national strategic objectives by targeting Canadians’ opinions through malicious online influence activity,” says the CSE in a newly […]

Canada on track to sign new NAFTA Friday: Freeland

Nov 29 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada is “on track” to sign the renegotiated North American free trade pact on Friday, according to Canada’s foreign affairs minister. “Our objective has always been to sign this agreement on November 30, and we are on track to hit that objective,” Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Buenos Aires, which is playing host to the […]

NDP want investigation into Liberal MP Di Iorio’s delayed resignation

Nov 26 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The NDP are calling for a parliamentary investigation into Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio’s delayed resignation, arguing that his explanation for not being in the House of Commons isn’t “suitable” and his absence is taking away his constituents’ rights to representation in Ottawa. NDP MP Nathan Cullen rose on question of privilege Monday afternoon in […]

Morneau defends continued deficits, money for the media

Nov 25 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government’s continued spending without a clear path to balance the budget is the right approach for the current economic situation, saying the Conservatives’ suggested approach to fiscal management would mean cuts, job losses, and stagnant growth. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Morneau defended the long-broken promise of […]

Houses passes back-to-work legislation to end Canada Post strike

Nov 24 2018 — Rachel Aiello — MPs have passed back-to-work legislation to end the Canada Post strike, after a late night of debate in the House of Commons and a staged walkout by New Democrats. Bill C-89, the “Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act,” passed by a vote of 166 to 43 early Saturday morning. It now goes before the Senate, […]

CNN asks Trudeau if he trusts Trump to uphold new trade deal

Nov 6 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked during a CNN interview whether he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump to uphold the new trade deal — and he replied that he trusts Canadians. The exchange came during an interview with CNN anchor Poppy Harlow that aired Tuesday. She quoted the prime minister as saying one of the […]

Singh doesn’t see the relevance of the monarchy

Nov 4 2018 — Rachel Aiello — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh doesn’t see the relevance of Canada’s ties to the monarchy, but don’t expect him to push the issue. “I don’t see the relevance of it, and I don’t think that most Canadians do,” Singh said in an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period. Canada is a constitutional monarchy, […]

Feds nominate former GG Johnston as new leaders’ debates organizer

Oct 30 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The federal government is nominating former Governor General David Johnston to be Canada’s first-ever independent commissioner of televised leaders’ debates during federal elections. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould made the announcement Tuesday morning, as she unveiled the new non-partisan process for organizing federal leaders’ debates, which will be in place for the 2019 campaign. As […]