National Newswatch

Two new senators from Ontario named to upper chamber

Feb 15 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named two new senators to sit as members of the upper chamber as his government’s push to rid the chamber of partisan appointees continues. Martha Deacon and Robert Black will represent Ontario in the Senate. Deacon served Team Canada as an apprentice coach at a number of past Olympic and […]

Caroline Mulroney defends shifting position on carbon tax, suggests legal action against Ottawa could stop it

Feb 9 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Ontario PC leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney sought to explain her shifting position on a provincial carbon tax Friday, saying she was never entirely comfortable with former leader Patrick Brown’s insistence on using this sort of revenue tool in the first place. Mulroney, the only person in the race for the Progressive Conservative leadership who is […]

Ottawa to scrap National Energy Board, overhaul environmental assessment process for major projects

Feb 8 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The federal Liberal government says it will streamline the approval process for major natural resources projects, scrapping the National Energy Board and empowering a new body to conduct more extensive consultation with groups affected by development. The changes are part of the largest overhaul of Canada’s environmental assessment process in a generation. The changes come […]

O Canada now officially gender neutral after bill receives royal assent

Feb 7 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The national anthem is now officially gender neutral after legislation altering the lyrics received royal assent Wednesday morning, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly told reporters. Joly, standing alongside Catherine Bélanger, the wife of the bill’s original sponsor Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger who died of ALS in 2016, said the line “in all thy sons command” has […]

Senate holds off on forcing Lynn Beyak to take down ‘racist’ letters from her website

Feb 1 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Members of the Senate’s all-powerful internal economy committee punted a request from some senators to force Lynn Beyak to remove controversial — what some including Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have called racist — letters from her website, meaning they will remain on display for now. Independent B.C. Sen. Larry Campbell, the chair of the committee, […]

Liberals seek new approach to Senate amid legislative roadblocks

Jan 13 2018 — John Paul Tasker — After two years of a relatively lacklustre legislative agenda, the Liberal government is taking a second look at how it engages with the chamber tasked with giving bills sober second thought. For the first time, the Liberal government invited its representative in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, to its cabinet retreat for briefings this week, […]

Jane Philpott doesn’t see ‘eye to eye’ with Manitoba on First Nations child welfare reforms

Jan 3 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she has concerns with Manitoba’s plans to reform its First Nations child welfare system. Specifically, the minister told CBC she believes incentives to encourage non-Indigenous families to adopt First Nations children should be avoided so as not to replicate mistakes of the past. Philpott, who described the state of […]

Amid progress on the Indigenous file, Jane Philpott warns journalists against ‘sloppy’ reporting

Dec 22 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says her department has made progress in the four months she has been in charge of the contentious file — including meeting the government’s obligation to First Nations children. And she says she won’t shy away from calling out “sloppy” reporters for stories that “perpetuate the myths of despair.” After […]

Canada, U.S. to co-host meeting on North Korea in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017 — John Paul Tasker — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday they will co-host a meeting in Vancouver next month about the increasingly erratic behaviour by a nuclear North Korea. The two top diplomats told reporters most of the countries who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War have been invited to participate […]

Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair leaving federal politics in June

Dec 18 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair will resign the House of Commons seat he has held for roughly 10 years next June, the Quebec MP tells CBC’s French-language service, Radio-Canada, paving the way for a byelection. Mulcair plans to take up a position at a yet unnamed Canadian university. “I’m looking at spring with a big […]