National Newswatch

What gun owners need to know about Ottawa’s new firearms bill

Sep 22 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government is poised to pass new firearms legislation — changes to the country’s firearms regime that Ottawa says are “modest” but necessary reforms to reduce the frequency of violent gun crime. In the last election, the Liberal Party vowed to reverse a decade’s worth of Conservative changes to gun rules they claim bolstered […]

‘Nail in the coffin’: Oilpatch boosters demand Ottawa overhaul ‘terrible’ Bill C-69

Sep 21 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Proponents of Canada’s energy sector are raising the alarm about Ottawa’s move to overhaul the environmental assessment process for major resource projects — warning that Bill C-69 could devastate an industry already grappling with constrained pipeline capacity and depressed commodity prices. And as the Senate begins to dig into the lengthy 340-page bill, oilpatch boosters […]

Tories slam ‘back door gun registry,’ e-petition collects tens of thousands of signatures

Sep 19 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Conservatives continued their crusade against the federal government’s so-called ‘common sense’ firearms legislation Wednesday, tabling an e-petition signed by tens of thousands of Canadians who are calling on Ottawa to abandon Bill C-71. The legislation, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, includes new provisions to enhance existing background checks for those seeking a firearms […]

Trudeau defends ‘price on pollution’ in anti-carbon-tax heartland

Sep 13 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s push to put a “price on pollution” in front of a skeptical Saskatchewan audience Thursday, while lamenting Premier Scott Moe’s insistence on taking the feds to court over the national climate plan. At a town hall meeting at the Saskatoon Polytechnic, a vocational training school, Trudeau defended his […]

With 400 days until the election, Trudeau rallies caucus with a campaign-style speech

Sep 12 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rallied Liberal MPs assembled in Saskatchewan for a caucus retreat Wednesday with a stump speech of sorts, telegraphing the messages his party will run on in the next federal election campaign. Trudeau listed off what he described as his government’s accomplishments to date — contending that, for example, 500,000 more Canadians […]

Trudeau considering an appeal or legislation to end Trans Mountain impasse

Sep 5 2018 — John Paul Tasker — A week after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday his government is looking at all options to get construction back on track — including an appeal of the ruling and new legislation. Speaking to reporters in Edmonton, Trudeau said he […]

Canada, U.S. planning all-night NAFTA negotiations as optimism for a deal grows

Aug 29 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Canada and the U.S. are planning a series of marathon negotiating sessions that are expected to run throughout the night as both sides work feverishly to get a deal on NAFTA before a pending Friday deadline, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. Freeland said she, and her American counterpart, U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer, […]

‘It’s fraudulent’: Former immigration official says action needed on ‘passport babies’

Aug 28 2018 — John Paul Tasker — One of Canada’s former top immigration officials says so-called passport babies are a genuine problem in some Canadian locales and closing a loophole being exploited by pregnant foreign tourists is required to curtail the fraudulent practice. But Andrew Griffith, a former director general at Citizenship and Immigration, said that a policy resolution passed by Conservatives […]

Conservative delegates defeat anti-abortion resolution, endorse moving Canadian Embassy to Jerusalem

Aug 25 2018 — John Paul Tasker — A slim majority of Conservative convention delegates voted Saturday against a resolution backed by anti-abortion campaigners while at the same time affirming the party’s opposition to using Canadian foreign aid to fund abortion services abroad — a mixed bag result for social conservatives. Other controversial resolutions, including a push to limit citizenship rights for those […]