National Newswatch

‘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 […]

Chief: Treatment of Wilson-Raybould could cost Trudeau ‘all First Nation votes’

Feb 14 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — A prominent B.C. chief is predicting the prime minister’s treatment of former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will cost Justin Trudeau “all First Nation votes.” Bill Chamberlin, the vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), told CTV Power Play host Don Martin on Thursday that First Nation leaders across the country are “absolutely appalled” […]

Parliament security investigating allegations of racial profiling

Feb 7 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Parliamentary Protective Services and the Speaker are investigating allegations that a group of black Canadians who were on Parliament Hill to provide sensitivity training were racially profiled on parliament grounds. “It felt like they brought us in on the boat to show up and then they wanted us to go back on the boats again […]

Former NDP leader predicts NDP voters might look to Green Party in 2019

Feb 3 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Amid record-breaking fundraising numbers from the Green Party and what leader Elizabeth May called “a rise in support overall,” former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says the Green Party might woo progressive voters in the 2019 election. “Progressives are looking for a home on environmental issues,” Mulcair said on an episode of CTV Question Period airing […]

Veterans to share $100M settlement from feds after Federal Court approval

Feb 1 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The Federal Court has rubber stamped a $100-million settlement for veterans with disabilities years after they launched a class-action lawsuit against the government. “The defendant will pay $100 million as the total settlement amount,” the Federal Court decided on Friday. It’s the culmination of a lawsuit that was launched in 2014 after it became apparent […]

Government rejects request to label Putin a war criminal

Jan 30 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The government has rejected a Conservative MP’s call to declare Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal and refer him to The Hague-based International Criminal Court. In its official response to an e-petition on Parliament’s website, tabled Jan. 28, the government ignored the request to label Putin a war criminal and instead emphasized concern about […]

Canada pushes back as U.S. Congressman flags threats along ‘totally wide open’ northern border

Jan 21 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada is defending accusations from a U.S. Congressman that the United States is ignoring security issues along the Canada-U.S. border. “It is the longest, most successful international boundary — un-militarized international boundary — in the history of the world, and we’re determined to keep it that way,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in an […]

Ambassador says Trudeau will eventually call Chinese president

Jan 18 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Ambassador John McCallum said a prime ministerial phone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping is bound to happen in the ongoing Huawei dispute, but it’s the “last arrow” in the government’s “quiver.” “The prime minister calling the president is essentially the last arrow in our quiver and I think other actions have to be taken […]

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians

Jan 17 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, will appear before a House of Commons committee Friday to brief members on efforts to secure the release of the two Canadians detained in that country. McCallum is expected to brief the committee in a closed door meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday. The development comes after a joint […]