National Newswatch

Canadians can expect to have their personal information collected at Canada-U.S. border

Jul 12 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — All travellers crossing the border between Canada and the United States can expect to have some of their personal information recorded now that a new phase of a border agreement has been implemented. The program started in 2012, when border agencies for both countries began collecting information on third-country nationals and permanent legal residents at […]

Silent protest draws attention to Attawapiskat at Trudeau talk

Jul 11 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation at its annual general meeting in Ottawa on Thursday, a row of teachers silently held up letters spelling “Attawapiskat.” The demonstration comes just days after the local band council declared a state of emergency in the Indigenous community amid issues with water quality. The […]

Goodale’s office accuses Bernier of trying to legitimize white supremacy after Northern Guard photo

Jul 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office is accusing People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier of attempting to legitimize white supremacy and white nationalism. The statement comes after Bernier was photographed with people who appear to belong to an alleged hate group on Sunday in Calgary. The men, wearing vests adorned with the symbols of […]

Liberal MP found to have broken ethics rules but won’t face sanctions

Jul 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found a Liberal MP broke ethics rules when she endorsed her husband’s city council bid, but recommended that no sanction be imposed as a result. Dion found that Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld “attempted to use her position to influence voters’ decisions to further the private interests of a family member” […]

Former ambassador to China calls current tensions with Canada ‘unprecedented’

Jun 13 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The current diplomatic spat between Canada and China amounts to the “worst crisis” Canada’s former ambassador to China has ever seen in diplomatic relations between the two countries. “It’s really an unprecedented situation,” Guy Saint-Jacques, who served as Canada’s ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016, told Don Martin during an interview for CTV’s Power […]

Chinese Ambassador urges Canada to forge its own path on Huawei and 5G

Jun 4 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye says national security concerns about Chinese tech giant Huawei are “unfounded” and “baseless,” pushing for Canada to decide for itself whether to go ahead with including Huawei in its core advanced 5G network. “Canada is independent country, and you have institutions very competent to evaluate this problem,” Lu told […]

Blair says Tories ‘fear-mongering’ on immigration as feds move to toughen asylum laws

Apr 13 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Border Security Minister Bill Blair isn’t backing down on Liberal claims that Conservatives are “fear-mongering” on the immigration file, even as his own government comes under fire from refugee advocates who say proposed changes would strip asylum seekers’ rights. He made the comments during an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV Question Period, airing Sunday. […]

Speaker shuts down Philpott’s claim that PM contravened law with caucus expulsions

Apr 11 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Speaker Geoff Regan ruled that he has no jurisdiction to rule on Jane Philpott’s claim that the prime minister broke parliamentary law when he booted her and Jody Wilson-Raybould from Liberal caucus. “The Chair is unable to conclude that the member from Markham-Stouffville has been obstructed in the fulfillment of her parliamentary functions. Accordingly, I […]

Daughters of the Vote attendees slam PM over Wilson-Raybould’s ouster

Apr 3 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — As hundreds of young women descended on Parliament Hill Wednesday to fill all 338 seats in the House of Commons, many came bearing a message: that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ejection of Jody Wilson-Raybould from caucus was a blow to Indigenous people. The young women gathered for an event called “Daughters of the Vote,” which […]

Morneau ‘not ruling out’ a pharmacare election promise

Mar 24 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government is “not ruling out” making national pharmacare an election promise. He made the comment during an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period, airing Sunday. “[Pharmacare has] been, now, something we’ve been working on for more than a year and we’re making really important first steps,” Morneau […]