National Newswatch

U.S. Supreme Court abortion law leak puts new focus on Conservative leadership candidates’ views

May 3 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — A U.S. Supreme Court leak indicating a reversal of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is prompting the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership candidates to publicize their stance on abortion rights. The draft opinion is reinvigorating a debate that is often part of the party’s leadership race discourse, bringing to light internal policy divisions. Three […]

Mendicino vows to work with Emergencies Act commissioner, but won’t commit to sharing cabinet secrets

May 1 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the government is committed to full transparency as the inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act to end the “freedom convoy” protests gets underway. But he wouldn’t commit to sharing confidential cabinet documents about the decision. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Mendicino said Ottawa […]

No plans to change masking policy on planes, trains in Canada as U.S. drops mandate: Alghabra

Apr 19 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says masking guidelines while travelling still apply, as the U.S. moves to drop its national mandate. Speaking in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said while he won’t comment directly on the U.S. court ruling that impacts plane, train, taxi, and other forms of travel, Canada continues to follow the science on […]

Trudeau taps former premier to take over selection process for next Supreme Court justice

Apr 4 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched the selection process to identify a new Supreme Court of Canada justice who will soon replace retiring justice Michael Moldaver. A press release issued Monday states that qualified candidates have until May 13 to apply. “This open, transparent, and independent process we are launching today will identify esteemed Canadian […]

Meeting with Pope an ‘opportunity’ to begin handover of residential school records: former AFN chief

Mar 26 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Former Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national chief Perry Bellegarde says an upcoming meeting between Indigenous leaders, residential school survivors and Pope Francis provides an “opportunity” to begin the process of retrieving institutional records. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Bellegarde said the long-awaited meeting next week in Vatican City is a […]

What exactly did the Liberals and NDP agree to?

Mar 22 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — The federal Liberals have agreed to prioritize specific policy issues backed by the New Democrats in exchange for their support keeping the government in power until 2025. Both sides have agreed to allow “healthy debate” in Parliament while constantly communicating, including in quarterly leaders’ meetings and monthly “take-stock” meetings, to ensure they stay on the […]

Freeland says Putin’s become an international pariah, further sanctions coming

Mar 1 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Canadian government will be imposing more sanctions on the Russian economy “in the coming days,” intended to choke off the country’s ability to further fund its war against Ukraine. Freeland remarked that Russian President Vladimir Putin has become an “international pariah” and that Russia’s actions […]

Canada to sanction Putin, Russia’s foreign minister for Ukraine invasion

Feb 25 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada will follow the lead of its allies and levy sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the country’s attack on Ukraine. The announcement comes after the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States all announced sanctions against the two […]

PM announces ‘first round’ of sanctions against Russia, troop deployment to Latvia

Feb 22 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled Canada’s “first round” of economic sanctions against Russia for its recognition of independence of two non-government controlled Eastern Ukraine regions and the ordering of troops there. Trudeau said the government is banning Canadians from all financial dealings with the “so-called independent states” of Donetsk and Luhansk and will sanction members […]

Freeland says some protesters’ accounts have been frozen, more to come

Feb 17 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says financial service providers have already frozen accounts of certain individuals associated with the trucker convoy blockades and protests. Freeland said that while the government is choosing not to provide more detail about the number of the accounts suspended, “action is being taken [and] is going to […]

Conservatives not backing Emergencies Act, MPs to debate motion Thursday

Feb 16 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen says the party won’t be supporting a motion tabled by the federal government that would give them the powers to enforce the Emergencies Act. Leaving a Conservative caucus meeting, Bergen said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t attempt to thoroughly rectify the protesting and blockades in Ottawa and elsewhere with the […]

Joly has ‘open invitation’ to visit with Russian officials in Moscow: ambassador

Jan 23 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has an “open invitation” to visit Moscow to meet with Russian officials, an offer first extended in December, says Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Stepanov said the Russian government would welcome the meeting. “Your excellency Joly had the chance to […]