National Newswatch

Woman who accused Trudeau of groping breaks her silence

Jul 6 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The woman who alleged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched her inappropriately some two decades ago issued a statement Friday saying the incident happened as described — but that she now wants to be left alone. “I issue this statement reluctantly, in response to mounting media pressure to confirm that I was the reporter who was […]

Cannabis and the border: what pot-smoking Canadians need to know

Jun 23 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, 2018, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot? Those who tell the truth risk being banned from the United States for life and might have to […]

Trudeau says pot will be legal as of Oct. 17, 2018

Jun 20 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018. Trudeau revealed the date during question period in the House of Commons. “We work in partnership with the provinces, and since we’ve passed these measures in Parliament we’ve been listening to the […]

Trudeau names Halifax businessman Colin Deacon to the Senate

Jun 15 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The prime minister’s push to reconstitute the Senate and stack its benches with Independent senators continues apace with the appointment of Halifax businessman Colin Deacon to the upper house Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named 37 senators to the Red Chamber. The Independent senators now constitute the largest bloc in the Senate. Like the […]

Senate to implement mandatory harassment training for all senators, staff

Jun 15 2018 — John Paul Tasker — As part of an effort to move beyond recent scandals — and to stave off future ones — the Senate is recommending that all senators and staff participate in mandatory workplace harassment training. The recommendation comes after the Senate subcommittee on human resources conducted two months of hearings with expert witnesses and Senate staff, many […]

Top Republicans slam Trump’s anti-Canada tirade, metals tariffs

Jun 13 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Two of the president’s fiercest Republican foes have come to Canada’s defence as a trade war brews between the U.S. and its neighbour to the north over steel and aluminum tariffs — with at least one senator slamming U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions as “insulting” to such a close ally. Top Republican lawmakers Sen. Jeff […]

Senate defeats a bid to restore mandatory roadside screening to impaired driving bill

Jun 12 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The Senate has voted down an attempt to restore mandatory roadside testing to the government’s impaired driving bill, gutting the Liberal government’s legislation and effectively daring MPs to defy senators. Last year, in combination with the government’s pot bill, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced Bill C-46, a major overhaul of the country’s impaired driving laws. […]

‘The gig is up’: Trump demands Canada dismantle supply management or risk trading relationship

Jun 9 2018 — John Paul Tasker — In a wide-ranging press conference at the G7 summit in Quebec, U.S. President Donald Trump said Canada would have to dismantle its supply-managed dairy system or else Americans would dramatically curtail the trading relationship — a shot across the bow at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who has vocally defended the country’s existing agricultural policies in […]