National Newswatch

‘Time for patience is over’: Sajjan vows action on culture change within Canadian Forces

Feb 28 2021 — Sarah Turnbull — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he’s committed to swift action on the promise of widespread culture change within the Canadian Armed Forces following allegations of misconduct against two top military officials. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period with host Evan Solomon, Sajjan said the Forces need to start “preventing” these kinds of events, rather […]

MPs pass motion declaring genocide against Uighurs in China, despite cabinet abstentions

Feb 22 2021 — Sarah Turnbull — Federal MPs voted to formally label China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims a genocide Monday, without the support of the Liberal cabinet. All opposition MPs who participated in the vote as well as most Liberal MPs, including Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Oliphant, voted in favour of the Conservative motion introduced last […]

Ethics committee shuts down efforts to acquire speaking contracts involving Trudeau, wife

Oct 26 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The House of Commons ethics committee has voted against a motion to obtain all records related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau’s speaking engagements since Oct. 14, 2008, when the prime minister became an elected official. The Conservative-backed motion, introduced by MP Michael Barrett, would have required Speakers’ Spotlight, the […]

Trudeau family to skip trick-or-treating, citing need to follow local health advice

Oct 20 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his family will follow the advice of local public health authorities to skip out on Halloween trick-or-treating this year, amid mounting frustration over conflicting guidance. This comes after Ontario health experts recommended the COVID-19 hotspot regions of Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York should remain at home and find new ways […]

Health Canada looking into private clinics offering COVID-19 tests

Oct 6 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Health Canada is looking into reports that a number of for-profit health clinics are administering COVID-19 tests to Canadians looking to bypass long wait times, going against the essence of the country’s universal health-care system. In a press briefing in Ottawa on Monday, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she has spoken with Prime Minister Justin […]

Erin O’Toole’s wife tests positive for COVID-19

Sep 22 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s wife Rebecca has tested positive for COVID-19 after her husband revealed he had tested positive for the virus last Friday. The family was tested on Thursday after news that one of his staff had tested positive. They were turned away from an at-capacity Ottawa facility before travelling across the provincial border […]

Canada signs deals for supply of Sanofi vaccine candidate, antiviral drug to treat COVID-19

Sep 22 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The federal government has inked a new deal with French multinational pharmaceutical firm Sanofi to obtain 72 million doses of its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Procurement Minister Anita Anand also said Tuesday that Canada is in line to secure up to 150,000 vials of Gilead Sciences and McKeeson Canada’s antiviral drug remdesivir, to treat the […]

What does Leslyn Lewis’ strong finish mean for the Conservatives?

Aug 24 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The only woman and visible minority candidate in the Conservative leadership race emerged a competitive contender as the results trickled in during the early hours of Monday morning, raising questions about what her achievements mean for the future of the party. The second ballot results show Leslyn Lewis, with the least amount of previous political […]

American border officials installing cable barrier along Canada-U.S. border

Aug 20 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The U.S. Border Patrol is assembling a cable barrier along the border between Washington State and British Columbia to curb “dangerous criminal enterprises.” In a statement to, Blaine Sector border patrol headquarters confirmed they are overseeing the project to address “bi-national safety concerns” along the area of Boundary Road in Lynden, Wash. and Zero […]

What we learned from the newly released WE documents

Aug 19 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Thousands of documents detailing the creation and implementation of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) program have been made public after being requested by the House finance committee studying the WE Charity controversy. The documents include memos, proposals, budgets and handwritten notes. Some of the materials have been redacted, which the Conservatives underlined Wednesday to […]

COVID-19 ‘peaks and valleys’ expected until 2022: new modelling

Aug 14 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s top public health officials are preparing for a “peak” of COVID-19 cases in the fall and localized outbreaks until at least January 2022, new modelling data shows. The report underlines that officials are aiming for a “slow burn” scenario, “keeping case rates low and within the health and public health system’s capacity to manage,” […]