National Newswatch

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 […]

Outspoken Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits caucus

Mar 20 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes has quit the Liberal caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news to reporters on his way into the House of Commons on Wednesday. “I have just been notified by my office that Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an independent. I want to thank her for her service to the […]

Conservatives call on ethics committee to pick up SNC-Lavalin study

Mar 20 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — In the Conservatives’ latest push to keep parliament’s study of the SNC-Lavalin issue alive, the opposition has asked the parliamentary ethics committee to launch a look into the allegations the prime minister’s office interfered in a criminal trial. The move comes just one day after the Liberals quashed the justice committee study of the affair. […]

Liberals drop SNC-Lavalin study for study on hate crimes

Mar 19 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The Parliamentary Justice Committee has ended its study on the SNC-Lavalin issue with what NDP MP Murray Rankin called a “transparent effort to change the channel.” The committee convened behind closed doors Tuesday, to plan the next steps in its study of alleged political interference in the corruption case of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. While […]

‘Damage is done’ in Indigenous community over Wilson-Raybould’s treatment: Kinew

Feb 16 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew says the federal Liberal government’s treatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin scandal has done serious damage to the party’s reputation with Indigenous people in Canada. Indigenous people have “made up their mind” on the issue, Kinew told CTV Question Period host Evan Solomon during an interview airing Sunday. “Jody […]

PM: Wilson-Raybould would still be Justice Minister if Brison hadn’t resigned

Feb 15 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that, if Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, “Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice and attorney general.” Trudeau’s remarks come after reports that the Prime Minister’s Office allegedly tried to influence Wilson-Raybould to ask prosecutors to strike a deal with the Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, which […]