National Newswatch

Blair ‘very confident’ federal vaccine passport coming by U.S. border reopening on Nov. 8

Oct 16 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he’s ‘very confident’ that Canadians will have a national vaccine passport in place by the time the U.S. border reopens for non-essential travel on Nov. 8. While Blair said he always tries to “overperform and under-promise,” he noted that work on the federal proof of COVID-19 vaccination system has […]

‘True’ that military leadership ‘just doesn’t get it’ on sexual misconduct issue, Freeland says

Oct 6 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says it’s “true” that leadership “just doesn’t get it” when it comes to the handling of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces. Her comment comes after Maj. Gen. Peter Dawe, who wrote a positive reference letter for a sex offender, had been tasked with working on a number of […]

‘We’re a big tent party’: Erin O’Toole says he’s not worried about PPC splitting votes

Sep 12 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he’s not worried about Maxime Bernier‘s Peoples Party of Canada chipping away at Tory support, even as crowds of PPC supporters gather in large groups across the country. Bernier is running 311 candidates in the federal election. Despite sitting at just four per cent of popular support in public opinion […]

Former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes throws support behind Tory candidate in election

Sep 12 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The Conservative Party has found an unlikely supporter in the federal election: former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Speaking in an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Caesar-Chavannes — who left the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent in March 2019 — said she plans to vote for Conservative candidate Maleeha Shahid in the […]