National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole launches Conservative leadership bid, promises to be the ‘true blue’ candidate

Jan 27 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Pitching himself as a ‘fighter,’ O’Toole vows to protect jobs and defend Canada from ‘radical left.’ Ontario MP Erin O’Toole confirmed Monday he is joining the race to lead Canada’s Conservatives, promising to bring “true blue leadership” to the party as it looks for a successor to Andrew Scheer. This is O’Toole’s second run for […]

Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal of Trans Mountain legislation

Jan 16 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed B.C.’s request to appeal a lower court decision that quashed provincial legislation designed to block the Trans Mountain expansion project. In an unanimous decision, Chief Justice Richard Wagner said the court will let the B.C. Court of Appeal decision stand. The decision clears yet another legal hurdle for […]

Morneau ‘open’ to Alberta Premier Kenney’s request for a boost to fiscal stabilization program

Dec 16 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Finance Minister Bill Morneau said today he’s willing to consider changes to the federal fiscal stabilization program to support oil-rich provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador now grappling with low commodity prices. Morneau’s offer to consider boosting the stabilization fund came after he delivered a fiscal update that projected larger than expected deficits […]

Senate committee wants to strip Don Meredith of his ‘honourable’ title

Dec 10 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Senate’s ethics committee wants to strip disgraced former senator Don Meredith of his “honourable” title to protect the “dignity and reputation” of the upper house. Under the table of titles used in Canada, senators are to be styled “honourable” for life — even after they resign or retire from the Upper House. Meredith resigned […]

Kenney in Ottawa to call for approval of massive open-pit oilsands mine

Dec 10 2019 — John Paul Tasker — In Ottawa today to meet with the prime minister, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Justin Trudeau’s government faces a stark choice: either approve Teck Resources’ massive planned oilsands project or risk leaving the country’s oil industry “with no way forward.” Teck’s project, the Frontier Mine, is a 292-square-kilometre open-pit petroleum-mining operation in the northern reaches […]

‘The damage done is significant’: Scheer blames Liberal government for national unity ‘crisis’

Dec 6 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today the Liberal government is to blame for fomenting a national unity “crisis” and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “hasn’t learned a thing” since the election returned him to office with a reduced mandate. Scheer delivered his response to Thursday’s throne speech in the House of Commons this morning, saying the […]

What to expect from today’s speech from the throne

Dec 5 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government will lay out its priorities for its second term in office in the throne speech today — a chance for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reboot his government after voters reduced it to a minority in the last election campaign. The speech, a tradition steeped in Crown pomp and pageantry, must be […]