National Newswatch

Scheer won’t commit to keeping cannabis legal if Tories form government

Oct 18 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer isn’t promising to keep cannabis legal if his party wins the 2019 election. Instead, he said they’ll scrutinize the rollout of legal pot and go from there. “The Conservative Party will do our due diligence, examine the consequences of this decision, and we’ll examine the reality on the ground,” he told […]

Chretien slams Canada’s judicial appointments process

Oct 10 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — In the wake of the controversial appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, former prime minister Jean Chretien issued harsh criticism of Canada’s own, recently changed, judicial appointments process. “If you have a bad judge in Canada, you know who is responsible. You know. It is the minister of justice and the […]

Feds won’t say cost, timeline of Trans Mountain delay

Sep 8 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — With an indefinite delay looming over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the federal government still won’t provide a timeline for getting shovels in the ground — or reveal the cost of delay. “We were hoping … that the construction could proceed this year. Obviously in light of the Federal Court of Appeal decision that’s not […]

LeBlanc accuses Kenney of sowing division in Alberta

Sep 7 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Newly minted Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc rejected Alberta UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s claims of brewing separatism in Alberta during an interview with CTV’s Power Play Friday — and alleged Kenney is contributing to division in the province. In response to questions about rising separatism in the province, the minister in charge of managing inter-government […]

Petition to force government response on PM groping allegation

Aug 14 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — A new e-petition is set to force the government to respond to a sexual misconduct allegation against the prime minister from nearly two decades ago. The petition, which first opened for signature on Aug. 1 and is buried in Parliament’s e-portal for official petitions, points out that since Justin Trudeau became party leader five years […]

Conservative MP wants to haul Putin before The Hague

Jul 4 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative MP James Bezan wants to see Russian President Vladimir Putin tried at The Hague for war crimes — and he’s sponsored a parliamentary petition to try to make it happen. “We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to declare Putin a War Criminal,” reads the petition, which was published […]

Maxime Bernier quietly booted from industry committee

Jun 19 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Shortly after being stripped of his industry critic portfolio, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier has lost his seat on the industry committee as well. A report was quietly tabled in the House of Commons on June 14, two days after Bernier got the boot from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet. It called for Conservative MP […]