National Newswatch

Bolton implores Canada to ‘bear with’ U.S. on Meng extradition

Jun 30 2020 — Rachel Aiello — John Bolton, the former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump is imploring Canada to “bear with” the United States when it comes to the extradition proceedings of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Bolton says, despite the ongoing and “clearly” political detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, there shouldn’t be a “prisoner swap” […]

‘Hotspots’ linger, more young people getting COVID-19: new modelling

Jun 29 2020 — Rachel Aiello — New national modelling on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada shows that “hotspots” remain in Ontario and Quebec, and the percentage of younger people contracting the virus has increased in proportion to a decrease in older patients in the last month. Federal health officials are projecting that as of July 12 the country could see between […]

‘We can do both’: Kovrig’s wife disappointed by PM citing need to protect Canadians amid calls for Meng’s release

Jun 28 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Vina Nadjibulla, wife of Michael Kovrig — who along with Michael Spavor has been detained in China for more than 565 days — says she’s “disappointed” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t consider exchanging the detainees for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou because he thinks it would endanger other Canadians abroad. In her view, it doesn’t need […]

Wexit Canada interim leader says Trudeau’s 2019 win prompted him to back the movement

Jun 27 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The new interim leader of the separatist party Wexit Canada Jay Hill says the re-election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was what convinced him that Western Canada needs to form an independent nation. The Wexit party’s view is that Confederation isn’t working for Western Canada, specifically Alberta and Saskatchewan, and that it’s time […]

Feds offering students $1K for every 100 hours of COVID-19 volunteer work

Jun 25 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered new details on the now-launched Canada Student Service Grant program including spelling out how it’ll work, and elaborated on the government’s plans to create thousands of more temporary job openings for young people who are looking for work and experience this summer. The grant to post-secondary students and recent […]

Canada should retaliate if U.S. issues new tariffs: union

Jun 24 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The largest private sector union is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “stand firm” against the prospect of the re-imposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum from the U.S. administration and says retaliation should be considered if the Americans follow through. As CTV News has reported, the United States is considering slapping tariffs on aluminum […]

Pandemic has provided chance to reshape Canada’s future, PM says

Jun 22 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that, while the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “unprecedented challenge,” it’s opening up opportunities to rethink and reshape Canada’s future. “If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity to figure out what really matters in our communities, to have meaningful […]

‘Long journey ahead’: PM extends CERB by 8 weeks

Jun 16 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program will be extended by eight weeks, meaning those who will soon run out will have until the end of the summer to keep claiming the benefit while they try to find work. Three months after the program rolled out, Trudeau said that […]

Extension to CERB being worked on, coming soon: PM

Jun 15 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking at extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and is promising an update by the end of the week. “For now, all I can say is that we will continue to be there to support Canadians,” Trudeau said. By the first week of July and through […]

PM continuing push for employers to use wage subsidy program

Jun 11 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking his morning press conference on the road today, in a bid to once again tout the federal government’s wage subsidy program. Trudeau will be visiting a longstanding Ottawa awards and promotions company to highlight the wage subsidy program that the federal government set up as an incentive for employers […]