National Newswatch

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says she has recovered from COVID-19

Mar 28 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says she has recovered from COVID-19 after contracting the illness while on a trip to the United Kingdom earlier this month. “I wanted to give you all an update: I am feeling so much better and have received the all clear from my physician and Ottawa Public Health,” Grégoire Trudeau wrote on […]

Government’s COVID-19 aid package stalled in the House as negotiations continue

Mar 24 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government’s $82 billion aid package to help Canadians grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled in the Commons, with opposition parties balking at some measures in the proposed legislation that would give Finance Minister Bill Morneau unprecedented spending powers. Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet told reporters late Tuesday that the Liberals dropped some […]

Senate bureaucrats sign contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars without approval from senators

Mar 1 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The Senate administration has signed contracts with outside consultants and human resources professionals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months — added costs at a time when Senate expenses have ballooned by more than 30 per cent in the last four years. The Senate’s procurement policy demands bureaucrats obtain approval from senators “prior […]

Now that Teck Frontier is dead, is there a future for Canada’s oilsands?

Feb 26 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Alberta’s oilpatch was dealt another devastating blow this week with Teck Resources’ decision to pull the plug on its Frontier oilsands mining project — a move that has some analysts wondering whether the sector has a future in the long term. Beyond Teck, all the major oilsands players have cancelled projects, indefinitely delayed final decisions […]

Premiers tell Trudeau ‘patience is wearing thin’ with Indigenous-led blockades

Feb 20 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with provincial premiers late Thursday and they expressed frustration with Ottawa’s response to the ongoing Indigenous-led rail blockades. Provincial sources, speaking to CBC News on background, said some premiers told Trudeau that “patience is wearing thin” in their communities. The protests have lasted more than two weeks and forced 1,500 […]

Trudeau calls blockades an ‘unacceptable situation’ as ministers wait to hear from Wet’suwet’en chiefs

Feb 20 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet huddled in Ottawa this morning to chart a path forward as Indigenous-led rail blockades hit their two-week mark Thursday. “We’re working very hard to end the blockades. It’s an unacceptable situation,” said the prime minister ahead of a meeting with his cabinet on Thursday. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn […]