National Newswatch

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 […]

Anti-abortion group takes Trudeau government to court

Jan 5 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — The Toronto Right to Life Association is taking the federal Liberal government to court over its decision to limit Canada Summer Jobs Program funding to groups whose “core mandate” respects charter rights, including the right to have an abortion, according to government officials. Two officials who spoke to the Star say the Liberal government hasn’t […]

Trudeau to name new Supreme Court judge

Nov 29 2017 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce his selection for a vacant seat on Canada’s top court Wednesday. In an invitation sent to faculty and students at the University of Ottawa law school, Trudeau revealed he’ll name the person to fill the Supreme Court of Canada seat that, by tradition, has been held by a judge […]