National Newswatch

Feds back Tory call for plan to deal with Canadians who have joined ISIS

Oct 22 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal caucus will support and vote in favour of a Conservative motion calling on the government to come forward with a plan to deal with any Canadian living here or abroad that has participated in terrorist activity. Asked about the Tory opposition day motion during question period, Trudeau said […]

MPs set to begin deliberating hundreds of amendments to key elections bill

Oct 15 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Amendments to further legislate foreign spending and political advertising leading up to, and during Canadian election campaigns could be made to the government’s key piece of election reform legislation this week, as MPs on the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are beginning what’s set to be a marathon series of meetings on the bill. Monday […]

Maxime Bernier registers People’s Party with Elections Canada

Oct 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier paid a visit to Elections Canada’s headquarters Wednesday morning, to submit his application to register a new political party. After handing over a dossier of paperwork to an Elections Canada official, Bernier said this is “a big day for us. It’s another step towards the formation and the […]

Premiers pile on, reject federal ‘intransigence’ over carbon tax plan

Oct 4 2018 — Rachel Aiello — he number of premiers and potential premiers who are saying “no” to the “made-in-Ottawa” carbon tax are piling up at the federal government’s door. On Thursday, New Brunswick PC Leader Brian Gallant — who could become premier pending Liberal Brian Gallant’s testing of the confidence of the legislature — doubled down on his commitment to […]

Russian spies charged for ‘malicious’ cyberattack on Canada, allies

Oct 4 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Russian intelligence officers have been charged following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into “malicious” cyber activity that targeted Canadian-based doping agencies and an international chemical weapon organization. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted seven Russian military intelligence officers for their alleged involvement in a series of cyber-attacks aimed at spreading misinformation to Russia’s advantage. Russian military intelligence […]

NDP MP tabling bill to expunge past pot convictions

Oct 3 2018 — Rachel Aiello — A NDP MP is presenting a new bill in the House of Commons that if passed, would expunge the records of anyone who carries a criminal record for past personal pot convictions. Murray Rankin, a New Democrat MP and justice critic is tabling the private member’s bill Wednesday afternoon in the House of Commons. The […]

Canada agrees to new trilateral trade deal with U.S. and Mexico

Sep 30 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada has reached a new trilateral trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, after nearly 14 months of NAFTA renegotiations. The new deal is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA for short, according to a joint statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that was issued late […]

Border security minister engages U.S. in formal Safe Third Country talks

Sep 23 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada has got the ball rolling on launching formal talks to amend the Safe Third Country Agreement, according to Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Blair said he has sent a letter to United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen […]

Rate of rejections for summer jobs funding higher in Conservative ridings

Sep 20 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Organizations in Conservative ridings had disproportionately more Canada Summer Job funding applications rejected in 2018 due to their response to the Liberals’ hotly contested values attestation newly released documents show. According to numbers recently tabled in the House of Commons, Liberal-held ridings experienced the largest overall number of rejections. However, a CTV News analysis of […]