National Newswatch

Candidates defend climate plans as environment becomes top ballot issue

Sep 15 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Representatives from each of the major federal parties running in this year’s federal election are defending their own climate policies while criticizing their competitors as the environment shapes up to be a top issue among voters. On a CTV Question Period panel airing on Sunday, the Liberals’ Marco Mendicino, the Conservatives’ Lisa Raitt, the NDP’s […]

Scheer doesn’t retract Indigenous ‘hostage’ comments, stays firm on position following debate

Sep 13 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer didn’t walk back comments he made Thursday evening at the first leaders’ debate of this federal election campaign, when he said Indigenous groups shouldn’t be permitted to hold natural resources projects “hostage.” Speaking in Mississauga, Ont. on Friday morning, Scheer doubled down on his argument that creating a system where some […]

Scheer pressed on abortion debate on campaign trail

Sep 12 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s first stop on the second day of the federal election campaign was preoccupied by the ongoing abortion debate that has dogged the Tories for the past several weeks. Making a quick stop in North York, Toronto, Scheer dismissed another video posted by the Liberal Party on Twitter, showing the Conservative representative […]

Leaders drilled on Quebec secularism bill on campaign launch day

Sep 11 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was repeatedly asked about his stance on Quebec’s controversial secularism legislation on Wednesday, as he put forth his bid to serve a second term as Canada’s prime minister. Trudeau fielded questions about why his party has been hesitant to intervene on Bill 21, which the Quebec government has said will ensure […]

McKenna denies claim carbon tax may exceed $50 a tonne

Aug 26 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says her government’s climate strategy, including the federal carbon tax provisions, will stay the course. She dismissed claims by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre that the government would stretch its promised $50 per tonne price cap by 2022, if re-elected this fall. This after a Globe and Mail interview with McKenna published […]