National Newswatch

Senate committee wants to strip Don Meredith of his ‘honourable’ title

Dec 10 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Senate’s ethics committee wants to strip disgraced former senator Don Meredith of his “honourable” title to protect the “dignity and reputation” of the upper house. Under the table of titles used in Canada, senators are to be styled “honourable” for life — even after they resign or retire from the Upper House. Meredith resigned […]

Kenney in Ottawa to call for approval of massive open-pit oilsands mine

Dec 10 2019 — John Paul Tasker — In Ottawa today to meet with the prime minister, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Justin Trudeau’s government faces a stark choice: either approve Teck Resources’ massive planned oilsands project or risk leaving the country’s oil industry “with no way forward.” Teck’s project, the Frontier Mine, is a 292-square-kilometre open-pit petroleum-mining operation in the northern reaches […]

‘The damage done is significant’: Scheer blames Liberal government for national unity ‘crisis’

Dec 6 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today the Liberal government is to blame for fomenting a national unity “crisis” and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “hasn’t learned a thing” since the election returned him to office with a reduced mandate. Scheer delivered his response to Thursday’s throne speech in the House of Commons this morning, saying the […]

What to expect from today’s speech from the throne

Dec 5 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government will lay out its priorities for its second term in office in the throne speech today — a chance for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reboot his government after voters reduced it to a minority in the last election campaign. The speech, a tradition steeped in Crown pomp and pageantry, must be […]

The cost of the Senate has soared in the last five years

Nov 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The cost to run the Senate of Canada has increased by more than a third over the last five years as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reform agenda has led, in part, to increased expenditures in the upper house. CBC News has reviewed the Senate’s spending over the last six years. Before Trudeau’s first election, in […]

There’s another new faction in the Senate: the Progressive Senate Group

Nov 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Independent Liberal Senate caucus is disbanding today and all of its members are about to join a new entity called the Progressive Senate Group as the reorganization of Canada’s upper house continues apace. Dismantling the Liberal caucus in the chamber means the upper house will be left without a sitting Liberal senator for the […]

Senate defections could solidify Trudeau’s upper house reforms

Nov 5 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed only ‘Independent’ senators — now Conservatives are peeling away. The announcement Monday that 11 senators were breaking away from their respective groups to create a new entity — the blandly named Canadian Senators Group (CSG) — is a welcome development for those looking to hasten the demise of an […]

Andrew Scheer falls short — but vows Conservatives will be ready next time

Oct 22 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer ran his party’s federal election campaign as a referendum on the performance of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals over the last four years. Now the results are in: a minority government for Trudeau, a slightly larger caucus for the Conservatives — and new pressure on Scheer’s leadership. Beyond a promise to […]