National Newswatch

Trudeau to ‘collaborate’ with ethics watchdog amid probe into his involvement with WE Charity deal

Jul 3 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his government’s now-cancelled decision to have WE Charity manage a $900-million federal program, which is slated to pay students and new graduates for their volunteer work this summer. In an email sent to, Chantal Gagnon, a spokesperson from the Prime […]

On Trump’s tariff threat, PM says: ‘The United States needs Canadian aluminum’

Jun 29 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Amid reports that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering slapping tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.S. “needs Canadian aluminum” and would only be hurting its own economy. “We have heard, obviously, the musings and proposals from the United States that perhaps there needs to be more tariffs […]

‘I still get followed around in stores’: Cabinet minister Hussen on his experiences with anti-black racism

Jun 1 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada’s first Somali-Canadian cabinet minister says that despite his high profile position, anti-black racism is a part of his life — and that of so many others. Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen told CTV’s Power Play that, as a black Canadian, he has a visceral reaction when police vehicles are nearby. “Instinctively, […]

‘Anti-black racism is real’: PM Trudeau calls out Canadian racism after Floyd protests

Jun 1 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Amid protests in Canada following the police-involved killing of George Floyd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “we can’t pretend that racism doesn’t exist” in Canada. “Anti-black racism is real. Unconscious bias is real. Systemic discrimination is real. And they happen here, in Canada,” Trudeau said, speaking from the front steps of Rideau Cottage on Monday. […]

‘We don’t need to apologize’ for justice system decisions, says PM on eve of key Huawei decision

May 26 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The day before the British Columbia Supreme Court is slated to release a key decision in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government doesn’t need to apologize for decisions made by the independent Canadian justice system. “One of the good things about having a truly independent justice […]

Public Health Agency of Canada now recommends wearing non-medical face masks

May 20 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada’s chief public health officer is officially recommending Canadians wear non-medical face masks when maintaining a two-metre distance isn’t possible. Dr. Theresa Tam made the announcement on Wednesday, less than an hour after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed he has been wearing a mask. Tam told reporters that the language on masks has shifted from […]

‘No institution is perfect’: Trudeau promises to support WHO in wake of Trump ultimatum

May 19 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — As the World Health Organization (WHO) comes under increasing fire from its critics, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will “continue to support” the organization while seeking answers regarding China’s role in the organization. “Canada believes that multilateral institutions like the WHO are extremely important, particularly at a time of a global health crisis like […]