National Newswatch

‘That’s not how we do things in Canada’: Trudeau stops short of calling Trump’s tweets ‘racist’

Jul 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today denounced tweets sent by U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend that told a series of first-term congresswomen of diverse ethnic backgrounds to “go back” to their countries of origin rather than tell U.S. politicians how America should be governed. Trump’s tweets on Sunday ignited a political firestorm in the […]

Trudeau defends anti-pipeline Liberal candidate, reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain

Jul 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today defended recruiting a known anti-pipeline campaigner to run for the Liberal Party in Quebec, saying there’s room for ideological diversity in the party’s ranks. Liberals in the Montreal-area riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie nominated Steven Guilbeault — a household name in Quebec, where he is known for his environmental work and ardent […]

Trudeau calls Ford government cuts to Ontario’s education system ‘frightening’

Jul 11 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the provincial Progressive Conservative government’s cuts to Ontario’s education system are “frightening” — and he worries they could undermine the quality of the education his three kids receive at an Ottawa-area public school. Speaking at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s annual general meeting in Ottawa, Trudeau took aim at changes […]

Jason Kenney to hold elections for Alberta Senate seats

Jun 21 2019 — John Paul Tasker — After the Senate last night passed the Liberal government’s controversial overhaul of the environmental assessment regime and the oil tanker ban bill, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said today he will hold elections to pick candidates for Alberta’s seats in the upper house to better represent the province in Ottawa. Kenney said his government will soon […]

Rona Ambrose’s sex assault bill is dead — and so is the UNDRIP bill

Jun 21 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose’s bill to give mandatory sexual assault training to federally appointed judges is dead, thanks to some procedural manoeuvring in the Senate. Two other consequential pieces of legislation — one that would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and another to ban “unhealthy” food […]

Andrew Scheer unveils climate plan promising ‘green technology, not taxes’

Jun 19 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a plan for the environment Wednesday that he said would meet Canada’s emissions reduction targets while eliminating the current federal carbon tax regime. The plan, detailed in a 60-page platform-like document, is focused on what it calls “green technology, not taxes.” It hinges on setting strict emissions standards for major […]

Trudeau cabinet approves Trans Mountain expansion project

Jun 18 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have again approved the Trans Mountain expansion project, a crucial next step for the much-delayed pipeline project designed to carry nearly a million barrels of oil from Alberta’s oilpatch to the B.C. coast. The cabinet has affirmed the National Energy Board’s conclusion that, while the pipeline has the […]

What to watch for in today’s cabinet decision on the TMX pipeline project

Jun 18 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The federal cabinet will decide on Tuesday whether to again approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. An outright rejection of the project is thought to be unlikely, given how much political and financial capital the government already has invested in the controversial pipeline — a project that oilpatch boosters have long demanded as a solution […]

Federal cabinet to decide again on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week

Jun 16 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will decide Tuesday whether to greenlight the Trans Mountain expansion project, amid political and legal uncertainty for the pipeline the government bought last year for $4.5 billion. The Liberal government was forced to put the project through a new consultation process after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed […]

Ottawa needs to boost carbon tax by $50 a tonne to meet emissions reduction targets: budget officer

Jun 13 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The federal government would have to levy an additional carbon tax worth as much as $50 a tonne on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to achieve Canada’s emissions reduction targets, the parliamentary budget officer (PBO) said in a report released Thursday. Canada, a signatory to the Paris climate agreement, which committed virtually every country to lowering […]

Trudeau’s Senate appointees save B.C. oil tanker ban bill from defeat

Jun 6 2019 — John Paul Tasker — While the Senate’s transport committee recommended the upper house defeat the bill outright, a coalition of Independent and Liberal senators has cobbled together enough votes to rescue legislation to implement the government’s planned ban on oil tankers along B.C.’s northern coast. The outcome was far from certain after the committee that studied the legislation recommended […]

After years of legal wrangling, Ottawa moves to ban shark fin imports

Jun 5 2019 — John Paul Tasker — With the global population of sharks now depleted by 90 per cent following decades of overfishing, the federal Liberal government is poised to ban shark fin imports in Canada. Although shark finning in domestic waters was outlawed in 1994, Canada is the third largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. The top importers of […]