National Newswatch

Ottawa to post $343 billion deficit as spending hits levels not seen since Second World War

Jul 8 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a fiscal snapshot today that shows the federal government’s deficit is expected to hit $343 billion this year — an eye-popping figure largely attributed to pandemic-related support programs that have pushed federal spending to a level not seen since the Second World War. The 168-page snapshot offers a short-term economic […]

Canadian released from Egyptian prison after almost 500 days in custody

Jul 2 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Canadian engineer Yasser Ahmed Albaz is out of an Egyptian prison after nearly 500 days in custody and has been reunited with his family in Oakville, Ont., his daughter said today. Albaz arrived at Toronto’s Pearson Airport this morning. His health has “deteriorated” and his top priority now is seeking some much-needed medical treatment after […]

Conservative leadership candidates tackle values, trade, racism and Trudeau in final official debate

Jun 18 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The four Conservative leadership contenders squared off in the last official debate of the race Thursday with the candidates focusing their attacks not on each other but on the common foe: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party. While Wednesday night’s French debate included much sniping between the two perceived frontrunners, Erin O’Toole and […]

Former GG Michaëlle Jean says it’s ‘irresponsible’ to deny systemic racism exists in Canada

Jun 16 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Former governor general Michaëlle Jean says it’s “irresponsible” for Quebec Premier François Legault to suggest that systemic racism doesn’t exist in his province. In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics today, Jean said racism against Black and Indigenous people is deeply embedded in some of the country’s institutions, and to ignore that fact is […]

Singh condemns Trudeau’s silence over Trump’s ‘reprehensible’ actions

Jun 3 2020 — John Paul Tasker — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has condemned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to call out the “reprehensible” actions of U.S. President Donald Trump as protests escalate over anti-black racism. “His silence reveals hypocrisy,” Singh said during a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday. When asked Tuesday to comment on Trump’s threat to use military force against protesters […]

Trudeau says Canadians watching U.S. events in ‘horror,’ avoids naming Trump after long pause

Jun 2 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused for a long 21 seconds when asked Tuesday to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to use military force against protesters in the United States demonstrating against the death of a black man in police custody. After several false starts, Trudeau avoided criticizing the president directly while taking aim […]

Speaker rejects Tory request for Senate to resume sitting, says it’s not in the public interest

May 29 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Despite Conservative calls for the Red Chamber to resume modified in-person sittings next week, Speaker George Furey has extended the Senate’s adjournment to June 16. The Senate has sat 17 times since the start of 2020 and only three times since the COVID-19 crisis began, to pass emergency government legislation. Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett […]

Champagne says Meng ruling demonstrates judicial independence — as China warns of ‘grave political incident’

May 27 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said today that the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou demonstrates the independence of Canada’s extradition process. “The Canadian judiciary operates independently and today’s decision on double criminality in Meng Wanzhou’s extradition process was an independent decision,” Champagne said. “This decision is but one […]