National Newswatch

Canada warned Trump administration of repercussions when shipments of masks and ventilators cut

Feb 24 2021 — Ryan Tumilty — When the Trump administration restricted shipments of N95 masks and ventilators last spring, Canadian officials pushed back and drafted a list of pressure points Canada could use, even pointing out some U.S. hospitals depended on Canadian electricity. An email released to the House of Commons Health committee shows Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Kirsten Hillman, […]

Trudeau says freeing Kovrig and Spavor top priority, at two-year anniversary of Chinese detention

Dec 9 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his government is doing everything possible to free the two Michaels, the Canadians who, on Thursday, begin a third year of arbitrary detention in Chinese custody. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested by Chinese authorities on Dec. 10, 2018, exactly two years ago. Their arrests came shortly after the […]

Review finds more concerns about honorary consul process; new code of conduct developed, Ottawa says

Dec 7 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — A review of Canada’s process for approving honorary consuls that came after a Syrian official who had praised dictator Bashar al-Assad was approved, found inconsistent vetting for the positions as well as 15 consuls who warranted “closer scrutiny.” Last year, during the federal election, news broke first in Maclean’s magazine that Syria’s honorary consul in […]

Can the NDP get what it wants? Singh says he will work with Liberals, but isn’t sure he can trust Trudeau

Sep 19 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — Ahead of next week’s throne speech, Jagmeet Singh on Friday gave his demands to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in public hours before he was set to deliver them privately in a one-on-one meeting. Among the demands, Singh wants to ensure people transitioning from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to a revamped employment insurance aren’t worse […]

Ottawa signed a 10-year, $382 million, sole-sourced contract with AMD Medicom for medical masks

Aug 10 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — The federal government signed a 10-year, $382-million sole-sourced contract with a Quebec firm to make millions of medical masks in Canada, after getting caught short of supplies early in the pandemic. AMD Medicom, based in Pointe-Claire, Que., a Montreal suburb, was recommended for the estimated $382-million contract in April. The company’s headquarters are in Pointe-Claire, […]

Aborted Alberta government investigation generated big paper trail

Aug 12 2016 — Ryan Tumilty — An internal investigation into a politically damaging leak the government told the privacy commissioner never happened still somehow created more than 200 pages of documents, Metro has learned. On Wednesday, Alberta’s information and privacy commissioner, Jill Clayton, released her investigation into the leak of former MLA Thomas Lukaszuk’s $20,000 cellphone bill in August 2014, pointing […]

PC Party says Kenney will have to reach out to grassroots

Jun 22 2016 — Ryan Tumilty — As rumours swirled Tuesday that former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney plans to seek the Progressive Conservative leadership in Alberta, the party made it clear he will have to gain the support of members. Party president Katherine O’Neil said that with the party’s new leadership process all candidates for the leadership have to reach […]

Conservative operative says NDP win should be wake-up for Wildrose and PCs to unite

May 8 2015 — Ryan Tumilty — Like a shotgun can at a wedding, a Conservative operative is hoping the NDP’s victory Tuesday might forcefully wed Wildrosers and Progressive Conservatives. Ken Boessenkool, who worked for several federal Conservatives, has re-launched the Alberta Blue movement, originally started in 2011. It’s something he hopes can be used to bring the two feuding parties together […]

Pollsters see Alberta NDP government as near certainty

May 3 2015 — Ryan Tumilty — One pollster is calling an NDP government a certainty and argues the so-called orange wave won’t face the same last-second crash that the Wildrose saw after its polling surge sank in 2012. Mainstreet Technologies, who have conducted string of polls through the campaign, said on Friday that a NDP government is “inevitable.” The prediction requires […]

NDP calls for police investigation into Edmonton Ellerslie PC nomination

Mar 17 2015 — Ryan Tumilty — The NDP continued to call for the premier to bring in the police to investigate bribery allegations in an Edmonton PC nomination contest. The party is reviewing the nomination process in Edmonton-Ellersie amid allegations the incumbent MLA Naresh Bhardwaj attempted to mislead a challenger’s supporters and offered a $10,000 bribe to one through a proxy […]