National Newswatch

Poilievre calls on Freeland to slash gas taxes ahead of summer driving season

May 24 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is calling on the federal Liberal government to scrap taxes on gasoline temporarily as Canadians grapple with eye-popping fuel prices ahead of the busy summer driving season. With the price of almost everything spiking due to a 30-year high in inflation, the cost of living has become the top political […]

Canada investigating ‘a couple dozen’ suspected monkeypox cases: Tam

May 20 2022 — John Paul Tasker — ‘We don’t really know the extent to which the spread has occurred,’ chief public health officer says. Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday provincial health authorities are investigating “a couple dozen” possible cases of monkeypox — and most of the specimens under review are from Quebec, where two cases have been confirmed already this […]

Monarchists criticize Canada’s ‘lacklustre’ and ’embarrassing’ Platinum Jubilee plans

May 17 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Monarchists in Canada say they’re disappointed with what they call the federal government’s “lacklustre” plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, an event that honours the sovereign’s remarkable seven-decade reign. Monarchists say the federal government’s “indifference” to this historic event — which they see in the shortage of officials events, the lack of a jubilee […]

Canadian Conservatives reluctant to comment on report that U.S. Supreme Court will overturn abortion law

May 3 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative MPs and candidates for the party’s leadership were reluctant to talk Tuesday about a leaked report that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn decades-old case law on abortion. A decision by the U.S. top court to upend abortion services would have little practical effect on Canadians; some women pursuing late-term abortions […]

Pierre Poilievre promises to quash Bank of Canada’s foray into digital currency

Apr 28 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative leadership contender Pierre Poilievre promised Thursday he’d spike the Bank of Canada’s proposal to offer a digital currency, saying this sort of financial instrument should be left to the private sector. Poilievre has emerged as a fierce critic of Canada’s central bank. He’s tried to link decades-high inflation to its COVID-era policy of quantitative […]

Freeland’s budget leaves out a number of major Liberal campaign promises

Apr 10 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled her second federal budget Thursday promising a return to “fiscal responsibility” after years of big COVID-related spending. It’s a noticeably thinner budget that left some of the Liberal Party’s major 2021 election promises on the cutting room floor. A number of those commitments — most notably more money for health […]

Promising more fiscal prudence, Freeland tables a lower-spending budget focused on housing

Apr 7 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled her second federal budget Thursday — a multi-billion dollar plan meant to help the country weather increasingly uncertain times through major investments to cool Canada’s red-hot housing market and supercharge the transition to a cleaner, greener economy. Freeland signalled the days of eye-popping 12-digit budget deficits are coming to an […]

In a pitch to cryptocurrency investors, Poilievre says he wants Canada to be ‘blockchain capital of the world’

Mar 28 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative leadership candidate says government is ‘ruining’ the dollar, backs bitcoin. Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre said Monday a government led by him would do more to normalize cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum in Canada to “decentralize” the economy and reduce the influence of central bankers. Since bitcoin’s advent in 2013, a number of right-leaning and […]

Poilievre vows to ban oil from ‘polluting dictatorships,’ double production in Newfoundland

Mar 25 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre promised Friday a government led by him would take a hard line on what he calls “polluting dictatorships” by dramatically curbing foreign oil imports from countries like Saudi Arabia while boosting Canadian production to make up the shortfall. Oil imports have moved to the forefront of the political agenda since […]

Conservative interim leader accuses Liberals of ‘power grab’ after Trudeau makes a deal with the NDP

Mar 22 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen came out swinging Tuesday against a new agreement that will see the NDP prop up the Liberal government until 2025, calling the pact a “desperate” attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “cling to power.” Speaking to reporters after Trudeau formally announced the confidence-and-supply agreement, Bergen said the deal effectively […]