National Newswatch

Activists claim victory as Trudeau’s oil tanker ban passes Commons

May 9 2018 — John Paul Tasker — As environmentalists bemoan the Liberal government’s promise to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Ottawa handed them a victory of sorts last night with the passage of an tanker moratorium bill that will prohibit tankers carrying crude oil from loading or unloading at ports in northern British Columbia.

‘We are all impatient’: Trudeau promises First Nations leaders fundamental change

May 2 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Amid much talk of the next federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday promised First Nations chiefs further reform to the often fractious relationship between Ottawa and Indigenous people that will be difficult for his political successors to reverse. Trudeau said at a special meeting outside Ottawa that he understands First Nations leaders’ sense […]

U.S. judge gives conditional green light to Line 3 pipeline project

Apr 23 2018 — John Paul Tasker — A judge in Minnesota has given a conditional green light to a Canadian energy company’s plan to expand a crude oil pipeline connecting the Alberta oilsands to American refineries — but not in the location Enbridge Energy wanted. The administrative law judge’s report recommends the expansion project be allowed to proceed, as long as it […]

Lawyers say post-Boushie justice reforms could actually make juries less diverse

Mar 30 2018 — John Paul Tasker — Defence lawyers are sounding the alarm about sweeping changes to the criminal justice system unveiled Thursday by the Liberal government, warning the proposals will further stack the deck against those accused of a crime while doing little to promote a more equitable justice system. Bill C-75, introduced Thursday by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, will remove […]

Canadian MPs accepted $620K worth of free travel from third parties, foreign entities in 2017

Mar 27 2018 — John Paul Tasker — 73 MPs, including Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, accepted free travel worth thousands. MPs of all political stripes accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free travel last year, and many of those trips were bankrolled by entities with ties to foreign governments. House of Commons Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released his annual report […]

Trudeau government avoids defeat on key pot bill vote

Mar 22 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The Liberal government avoided a disastrous result for its marquee marijuana bill Thursday, as the bill to legalize recreational marijuana passed a key legislative stage in the Senate. It’s now headed to committee for further study. Senators voted 44 to 29 to pass the bill, largely along partisan lines, at second reading. A defeat would […]

Government’s cannabis bill faces live-or-die vote in Senate today

Mar 22 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The government’s cannabis bill faces outright defeat in the Senate today if it can’t secure enough support from members of the Red Chamber. According to an agreed timetable, senators will hold a vote at second reading of the bill today. If the opposition Tories cobble together enough votes to defeat C-45, the legislation would be […]