National Newswatch

Wilson-Raybould slams feds for ‘incremental’ progress on Indigenous rights recognition

Apr 24 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is slamming the federal government she was once a part of for making only “incremental” progress on the Indigenous justice file and their promise to “decolonialize” Canadian laws and policies. “My fear and disappointment is that despite sounding the alarm, providing the advice, pushing and challenging, sharing perspectives of […]

PM’s ‘grand bargain’ on energy died on Alberta election day: Kenney

Apr 21 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Premier-designate Jason Kenney says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s so-called “grand bargain” of seeking to advance resource development by gaining the approval of those with environmental concerns died on Alberta’s election day. “Yeah, that bargain with the Notley government ended on election day. And it was from our perspective, and I think the vast majority […]

After Kenney’s big win, Trudeau emphasizes climate change fight, diversity as ‘strength’

Apr 17 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The morning after former federal Conservative minister Jason Kenney led his UCP party to a majority election victory in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused his message on the fight against climate change and the value of diversity. Speaking to Liberal Party supporters in Waterloo, Ont., Trudeau did not address Tuesday night’s results—United Conservatives won […]

Philpott may run again under another party banner, denies being ‘attention-seeking’

Apr 14 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Former Liberal cabinet minister-turned Independent MP Jane Philpott says she’s currently seriously exploring a range of options to continue her tenure as a federally elected politician, and is pushing back on accusations made about her intentions and motivations throughout the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period host Evan Solomon, Philpott spoke at […]

House Justice Committee will not study Supreme Court appointment leaks

Apr 11 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The House Justice Committee will not be undertaking a study into leaked reports about years-old tension between Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over her choice of a Supreme Court justice. At a meeting to discuss the potential of taking on a probe of “unprecedented breaches of confidentiality that have taken place recently in […]

Foreign interference in 2019 election ‘very likely’: report

Apr 8 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The 2019 federal election is “very likely” going to be the target of foreign cyber interference, with voters being the most likely targets of this anticipated meddling, a new report from Canada’s electronic spy agency warns. “An increasing number of foreign adversaries have the cyber tools, the organizational capacity and a sufficiently advanced understanding of […]

‘We all feel regret about where we are’: Minister Gould on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Apr 6 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says the government feels “regret” about the still-simmering SNC-Lavalin scandal, after backing the prime minister’s decision to remove Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced their removal at an emergency national caucus meeting last Tuesday, citing “broken” trust and an unsuccessful effort to reach out […]

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott ‘disappointed’ by ouster from Liberal caucus, PM on defensive

Apr 3 2019 — Rachel Aiello — MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott took their new seats among other Independents in the House of Commons Wednesday with their heads held high, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to defend his feminist credentials and faced a silent protest from dozens of politically-engaged young women. “It’s very unfortunate that it’s come to this but […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott out of Liberal caucus

Apr 2 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have been removed from the federal Liberal caucus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announced. Speaking to the entire national Liberal caucus at an emergency meeting on Parliament Hill, Trudeau said the trust caucus members had with them has been “broken.”

Liberal MPs to meet, discuss fate of Wilson-Raybould, Philpott in caucus

Apr 2 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The Ontario Liberal caucus will be meeting in the noon hour Tuesday, to discuss whether former ministers and current MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott should be able to remain members of the Liberal team. Sources tell CTV News that other regional and issue-specific caucuses of Liberal MPs have either discussed the matter already, or […]

Wilson-Raybould says she shouldn’t be removed from caucus

Apr 1 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she “does not believe” she should be removed from caucus, despite some of her Liberal colleagues questioning whether she has a future with the party after she released secretly-recorded audio of a conversation she had with Canada’s top civil servant. “I do not believe that I should be removed from caucus for […]

Wernick warns Wilson-Raybould of a ‘collision’ with the PM in new audio

Mar 29 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was cautioned about a potential “collision” with the prime minister over the SNC-Lavalin file, by outgoing Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, a newly-released audio recording reveals. According to an audio recording of a conversation that the pair had, submitted to the House Justice Committee by Wilson-Raybould, Wernick said he was […]