National Newswatch

Federal Conservatives call for special Commons study of Canada-U.S. relations

Feb 4 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are calling for a special House of Commons committee devoted to Canada-U.S. relations.  They'll advance the idea during a debate in the House of Commons today devoted to Opposition business.  Their motion would see the committee focus on the economic relationship between the two countries, and notes, given the ongoing […]

A look at the details of the new COVID-19 related travel restrictions

Jan 29 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government unveiled new restrictions on travel Friday designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here's a look at what they are. Flights: — as of Jan. 31 and until April 30, the government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries. — […]

Cancel travel plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges Canadians

Jan 26 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Ongoing tensions between the provinces and the federal government over the management of the COVID-19 pandemic pivoted back Tuesday to the question of whether and how border controls can be tightened to slow the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians to cancel any non-essential trips they have planned abroad […]

Payette shouldn’t get same benefits as other ex-governors general: O’Toole

Jan 25 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — The Conservatives and New Democrats demanded more details from the prime minister Monday on whether he guaranteed former governor general Julie Payette would receive the customary benefits afforded to those who've left the post.  Payette resigned last week ahead of the release of a report concluding she oversaw a highly toxic work environment […]

MP Derek Sloan ejected from Conservative caucus for “destructive behaviour”: O’Toole

Jan 20 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Controversial MP Derek Sloan was kicked out of the Conservative caucus Wednesday, a move party leader Erin O'Toole said was due to a "pattern of destructive behaviour" that had become a distraction.  O'Toole's acknowledgment that Sloan's dismissal was not solely over a donation he'd taken from a white nationalist came after hours of […]