National Newswatch

Twenty-five Toronto MPs urge rejection of Ford’s plan to use the “notwithstanding” clause

Sep 13 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Liberal members of Parliament from Toronto unanimously condemned Thursday Premier Doug Ford’s decision to use the constitutional override clause to cut Toronto city council. In a statement obtained by the Star, all 25 federal MPs from the city of Toronto called on all provincial MPPs to defeat Ford’s legislation tabled Wednesday at Queen’s Park, calling […]

Trudeau tells the Liberal caucus ‘we will not sign an unfavourable deal’ on NAFTA

Sep 12 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — NAFTA talks were in a holding pattern Wednesday as the U.S. continued to push for greater access to Canadian dairy markets and cultural industries while Canada insisted on an independent rules-based trade system. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland briefed caucus on the talks, and later she and the Liberal government’s team of negotiators, including ambassador […]

Winners, losers, history, histrionics …what you need to know about Maxime Bernier’s bitter farewell to the Conservative Party

Aug 23 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — LOSERS: Andrew Scheer, the Conservative caucus, and the party’s broader electoral organization. Bernier won 49 per cent support during the leadership race. Some of that support could flow to Bernier and make a difference, in the Liberals’ favour, in ridings where margins are tight. Bernier revealed internal Conservative Party polls show Trudeau’s response to the […]

Question period is all about the talking points. That’s why we heard Conservatives utter ‘carbon tax’ 70 times over five days

Jun 20 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — The 2019 federal election campaign is little more than a year away, and yet you could be forgiven for believing it had already begun. On stages big and small — at conventions, at the doorstep, at lunchtime podiums, and especially on the floor of the House of Commons — Canada’s federal political parties are hammering […]

Chrystia Freeland takes on Trump’s ‘mano-a-mano’ mentality

Jun 14 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland urged the United States to resist the temptation to abandon the rules-based international order and Western alliances for a “mano-a-mano” approach to trade and security in the world during a wide-ranging speech to a Washington audience. In a speech to the Foreign Policy forum — an influential D.C.-based group that […]

Ottawa readying its options as NAFTA and tariff talks stall with U.S.

May 30 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — The Canadian government is preparing options including trade retaliation against the United States as high-level talks to resolve a NAFTA logjam and a looming American threat of tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum imports stall, the Star has learned. Publicly, the Canadian government is stopping short of an outright threat of trade retaliation in the […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau faces accusations of conflict of interest over pharmacare

Mar 2 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is again fending off accusations he is in a “perceived conflict of interest” on the newly promised national pharmacare program because of his previous ties to Morneau Shepell, a pension and benefits consulting firm. After first winning plaudits for Tuesday’s budget announcement that the Liberal government is looking to chart the […]

Freeland and Lighthizer’s secret Valentine’s Day meeting in Washington

Feb 15 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met unexpectedly with Donald Trump’s trade czar out of the public eye Wednesday, a meeting her office described as “cordial and constructive.” Freeland met with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at his office at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. – a meeting his […]