National Newswatch

O’Toole kicks off final week of campaign on the attack

Sep 13 2021 — Rachel Aiello — After weeks of running what he’s described as a “positive campaign,” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole came out swinging hard against his main opponent, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Monday, levelling personal attacks at his morning event, and in a series of new attack ads. “The differences between Justin Trudeau and myself are stark… When Mr. […]

Trudeau vows conversion therapy bill his government failed to pass will be priority if re-elected

Aug 19 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has vowed that if his party is re-elected, legislation outlawing LGBTQ2S+ conversion therapy will be a priority, but didn’t say how quickly into a new Parliament a Liberal government would re-table the bill. The Conservatives and NDP have also committed to ban the practice, if elected. After initially dodging a question […]

Ready or not? Canadians apprehensive as parties brace for an election call

Aug 3 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Behind the scenes, federal political parties are finalizing campaign plans in anticipation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling an election this month. But, with the latest national modelling warning that the country may be on the verge of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, Canadians and the opposition parties are expressing concerns about hitting the […]

WHO cautions data still limited on mixing COVID-19 vaccines, but Canadian officials say it’s OK

Jul 12 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Canadian officials and doctors are defending sanctioning the mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccines, after the World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief scientist issued a new caution about citizens opting to receive vaccines from different manufacturers, saying that the data remains limited on the practice. On Monday, WHO Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said that the global health […]

Majority of Canadians think COVID-19 U.S. border restrictions should lift this year: Nanos

Jul 10 2021 — Rachel Aiello — A majority of Canadians are in favour of lifting all pandemic-prompted travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border this year, according to a new survey from Nanos Research. As conversations continue about when the federal government will lift certain border measures like mandatory testing, quarantines, and limits on who can cross into Canada for non-essential reasons, […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould won’t run in next election

Jul 8 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Independent MP and former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has announced that she will not be running in the next federal election, citing how in her view, Ottawa has become “toxic and ineffective.” In a statement posted online Thursday morning, Wilson-Raybould said that while it was not a quick or easy decision to make, she […]