National Newswatch

The war within: Wilson-Raybould’s last days as a Liberal minister

Aug 12 2019 — Rosemary Barton — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knew his relationship with former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was problematic long before his government was crippled by her allegations against him during the SNC-Lavalin affair. “A number of times over the first years of my government,” Trudeau mused weeks after the dust kicked up by the controversy […]

It’s no bromance, but Trudeau has found a way to charm Trump

Nov 8 2017 — Rosemary Barton — One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted with an unexpected challenge: A U.S. president more familiar to Canadians as a reality-TV star than for his public policy. A president so vastly different in his approach to politics that it was perhaps impossible to overcome. And so began a long courtship that now seems […]

A hostage’s death in the Philippines tests a new government

Apr 27 2016 — Rosemary Barton — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion probably didn’t get much sleep Sunday night, knowing a deadline was looming many time zones away. Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were among four people kidnapped from a tourist resort by Abu Sayyaf militants in September. The file would have been on the […]

Liberals announce $2.65B to help developing countries fight climate change

Nov 27 2015 — Rosemary Barton — Canada today promised $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change. The funding was announced on Friday in Malta, where Commonwealth leaders are meeting. “The needs are there, the projects are there,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion at a news conference in Malta. “We will not have a […]

Canada’s Syrian refugee plan limited to women, children and families

Nov 23 2015 — Rosemary Barton — The federal government’s much-anticipated Syrian refugee plan will limit those accepted into Canada to women, children and families only, CBC News has learned. Sources tell CBC News that to deal with some ongoing concerns around security, unaccompanied men seeking asylum will not be part of the program. The details of the plan will be announced […]