National Newswatch

Independent senator under fire for $15K poll on Liberal reforms to the upper house

May 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Senate’s internal economy committee is probing Independent Sen. Donna Dasko’s decision to bill taxpayers for a $15,000 poll of Canadians’ opinions regarding the Liberal government’s changes to the upper house. Conservative members of the committee — which examines expense claims and office budgets, among its other responsibilities — argued strenuously that Dasko’s poll, conducted […]

In first major foreign policy speech, Scheer takes aim at ‘disastrous’ Trudeau

May 7 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer delivered a hard-hitting speech Tuesday that sought to outline his foreign policy priorities while laying Canada’s perceived failures on the file squarely at the prime minister’s feet. Scheer said Justin Trudeau has demonstrated “a fundamental unseriousness and misunderstanding” of global issues during his time in power. He also attacked the government’s […]

Ottawa will exempt some oilsands projects from environmental assessments – if Alberta keeps its emissions cap

May 1 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Facing criticism from industry over its controversial overhaul of the environmental assessment process, the federal Liberal government released new details Wednesday about which projects will be subjected to greater scrutiny by Ottawa’s regulators. Ottawa is vowing to exempt certain non-mining projects that use steam to extract crude from deep under the earth — known as […]

Trudeau’s Senate point man withdraws motion condemned by Tories as ‘time allocation on steroids’

Apr 4 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Peter Harder, the federal Liberal government’s representative in the Senate, has withdrawn a controversial ‘programming motion’ that had the Conservative opposition up in arms. There are roughly eight weeks left in the current session before Parliament is scheduled to rise for its summer recess. This is also the last sitting before an expected fall federal […]

Bill Blair coy about handgun ban as time for legislative action runs down

Apr 4 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair was non-committal Wednesday about delivering a government-commissioned report on a handgun ban during this parliamentary session. Blair also suggested the Liberals could revisit this issue if the government is re-elected in the fall. “Canadians expect us to take the time to do it right and I’ve […]

‘There is no racism in Canada’: Beyak leaves controversial letters online as minister calls for action

Mar 29 2019 — John Paul Tasker — More than a week after the Senate Ethics Officer ordered Non-affiliated Ontario Sen. Lynn Beyak to take down letters posted to her website that have been condemned by politicians of all stripes as racist and hateful, the correspondence is still featured prominently on her taxpayer-funded page. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett tells CBC News she’s […]

Ottawa under pressure to tighten gun laws after swift action in New Zealand

Mar 26 2019 — John Paul Tasker — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won praise from gun control advocates around the world for her fast work in tabling new firearms restrictions following the Christchurch mosque massacre. Now, Ottawa is under heavy pressure to follow her lead. New Zealand’s sweeping ban on so-called “military-style” semiautomatic firearms has prompted Canadian activists to redouble […]