National Newswatch

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Monday: sources

Mar 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet for the third time in three months on Monday, CBC News has learned — filling the gap left by the dramatic departure of Jane Philpott last month over the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Three government sources — speaking to CBC News on the condition of […]

‘I made no threats’: Key updates from the Privy Council clerk’s testimony on the SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 6 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Michael Wernick, the most senior public servant in the country, has denied an accusation from former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who said he made “veiled threats” to pressure her to sign a plea bargain-like deal with the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. Wernick and Deputy Minister of Justice Nathalie Drouin testified before the […]

‘Canadians deserve answers’: Opposition to press on with parliamentary probe after Gerald Butts resignation

Feb 19 2019 — John Paul Tasker — A day after the bombshell departure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest adviser, the SNC-Lavalin affair shows no sign of abating as the opposition parties cast his resignation as a sign there may be more to the scandal than initially thought. The House of Commons justice committee will reconvene today to continue its study of […]

Indigenous senators praise Wilson-Raybould’s ‘integrity,’ say her resignation leaves ‘questions’

Feb 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — A group of Indigenous senators — most of them appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, — issued a statement today praising the “integrity” of Jody Wilson-Raybould and saying her sudden departure from cabinet leaves “many questions and concerns.” “The resignation … this week has led to a national conversation leaving many questions and concerns from […]

Conservative senator studying environmental bill resigns mining company position

Feb 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Conservative deputy chair of the energy committee studying Ottawa’s overhaul of environmental assessment legislation has stepped down from his position on the board of directors of a Quebec-based mining company. Canada Carbon Inc. announced the resignation of Conservative Nova Scotia Sen. Michael MacDonald in a statement Monday — a development that comes after CBC/Radio-Canada […]

Maxime Bernier decries ‘leftist logic’ after Ottawa praises RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant

Feb 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier sent a tweet Tuesday attacking what he called the “leftist logic” that praises female impersonators while branding white people who wear dreadlocks or blackface as racists or perpetrators of cultural appropriation. ​Bernier said it was illogical for drag artists wearing makeup and women’s clothing to be celebrated as a source […]

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister’s Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Feb 11 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion will investigate allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The NDP asked Dion to look into the matter after the Globe and Mail published a report last week that alleged the PMO wanted Wilson-Raybould to direct […]