National Newswatch

Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Sep 18 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — As the world looks on, Kashmir is in the midst of a “humanitarian disaster,” says Pakistani High Commissioner to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar, who is calling on Canada and the international community to be “more forceful” in efforts to push India to ease its crackdown in the disputed region. More than a month has passed […]

Say yes to the feds: voting patterns show group understands ‘legislative responsibility,’ says ISG

Aug 28 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Senators appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are still the most likely to support government bills come voting time, a record the Independents say reflects a philosophy that respects the will of the elected House, and not support of Liberal-specific bills. But Conservative whip Donald Plett (Landmark, Man.) said that record shows what his party […]

Senate ethics review ‘last act’ for retiring Senator Andreychuk

Aug 14 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Just days before Raynell Andreychuk retired from the Senate, she was finishing up the final touches on a committee report to “significantly” amend the Upper Chamber’s ethics and conflict of interest code, which offers sweeping recommendations to address inquiry delays and create obligations for Senators to respond sooner. As chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, […]

Next PM to quicken or quell Senator independence, with nearly a quarter set to retire next Parliament

Jul 10 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system. That bloc isn’t close to the historic number of vacancies during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, […]

Continued Liberal delays to end sexist Indian status rules ‘baffling’ to Indigenous advocates

Jul 3 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — With days left on Canada’s deadline to answer an international body’s ruling that Canada address the government’s ongoing discrimination against First Nations women, advocates say Canada should have more than an election promise for women who have been waiting years to see the practice stop. In January, the United Nations Human Rights Committee gave Canada […]

Despite opposition pressure, lack of ambassador to China likely hasn’t made much difference, say ex-diplomats

May 15 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Canada’s conflict with China has been so bad that being without a Canadian ambassador since late January likely hasn’t had much impact, say former diplomats, despite opposition MPs hounding the Liberals about the appointment. While it’s always better to have a high-ranking and high-profile diplomat in place, under the present circumstances, “it’s not urgent,” said […]

Proposed federal tool to ‘blacklist a country,’ stop visa processing alarms immigration lawyers

May 1 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — The Liberals’ omnibus budget bill gives the government a political tool to stop issuing some visas or permits to people from countries it deems difficult to deal with in deportation proceedings, a measure some immigration lawyers are calling “overly broad” and a “blunt instrument” without the necessary checks and balances. One of the measures in […]

P.E.I. election another sign Liberals should be concerned about Atlantic losses, say pundits

May 1 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — The Prince Edward Island election last week creates an opening for Conservatives and Greens to capitalize on the success of their provincial counterparts, while the Liberals that own all the current federal Atlantic Canada seats should be “wary” of a growing unfriendly sentiment toward them in the region, pundits say. While the Green Party could […]

Senators work to change Ambrose’s judicial training bill, get it passed before summer break

Apr 24 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — With a private member’s bill that would improve judicial training on sexual assault stalled in the Upper Chamber, some Senators say they’re willing to sit the few extra hours needed to get the “important” bill through before Parliament rises, but it’s not clear enough Senators agree. The committee tasked with studying the bill has two […]