National Newswatch

PM dispels murmurings of snap fall election

Aug 16 2018 — Rachel Aiello — There will be no snap election this fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Responding to a question about the prospect of the government calling a federal election a year early, Trudeau said: “It has never been in our plans and it is not in our plans, there will be no federal election this fall.” […]

Tory MP Bernier criticized for saying ‘more diversity’ will ‘destroy’ what makes Canada great

Aug 13 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Outspoken Conservative MP and failed leadership contender Maxime Bernier is facing criticism from within his caucus, and beyond, over a series of tweets accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of fostering a “cult of diversity” that he believes will destroy the country. In a six-tweet thread posted Sunday evening, the Quebec MP says that more diversity […]

‘Canada must wait,’ tweets Trump, renewing auto tariff threat

Aug 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his attack on Canada over trade. On Friday evening he took to Twitter to restate his threat of levelling tariffs on the Canadian auto sector, while claiming “Canada must wait” to make a deal. In the 51-word tweet, Trump said that a deal with Mexico is “coming along nicely,” […]

Concerns raised about first device set to be approved for roadside drug detection

Aug 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The first device set to be approved by the federal government for roadside saliva tests to determine marijuana impairment isn’t suited for cold weather, and has been found to give “fairly large proportions of false-positive or false-negative results.” Last month Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould published a notice of intention to approve the Dräger DrugTest 5000, […]

Mulcair resigns as an MP, putting Montreal seat up for grabs

Aug 3 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Today is former NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s last day as an MP, meaning his Outremont, Que. seat is soon to be up for grabs. The NDP confirmed Thursday that Mulcair sent his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan on July 21, notifying him that he’d be vacating his […]

Flying high? Feds yet to issue marijuana guidelines for airline industry

Aug 2 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Legal recreational marijuana goes on sale across the country in 77 days, but Canada’s airline industry says it has not yet been given any directive from the federal government about how to deal with the effects of legalization on its pilots and crews. “We’ve received no official guidance whatsoever. No regulations, no proposed regulations. We’ve […]

Harper: PM resisting new NAFTA deal to score partisan advantage

Jul 20 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Earlier this month, former prime minister Stephen Harper made a damning allegation about the Trudeau government’s NAFTA negotiations: They are resisting making a deal to score partisan advantage by standing up to an unpopular U.S. president. “The reality is that the Government of Canada believes today that is it doing very well, the fight with […]

Harper blindsides Trudeau PMO, plans visit to White House

Jun 27 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is planning a trip to the White House next week, and hasn’t notified the current Canadian government of his visit, CTV News has learned. According to emails obtained by CTV News, American officials are expecting Harper to visit D.C. on July 2, the day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports […]