National Newswatch

Auditor general: ‘It wouldn’t be hard’ to exploit border safety

Feb 3 2016 — Yael Berger — If someone wanted to exploit the gaps in Canada’s border safety system for criminal activity, it wouldn’t be difficult to do, says Canada’s Auditor General in his 2015 Fall Report. Gaps in the system for examining export shipments at the Canada Border Services Agency could pose a national security risk, Auditor General Michael Ferguson told […]

Kevin O’Leary doesn’t speak French—but says he could still be PM

Jan 15 2016 — Yael Berger — Kevin O’Leary—former Dragon’s Den dragon, investor and former television host—says he can’t speak French, but he doesn’t think that’s a problem if he runs to be Canada’s prime minister, he told David Akin, host of “Everything is Political,” on SiriusXM Canada radio. He said he could absolutely run for the leadership of the Conservative Party—and […]

Who is Justin Trudeau meeting with?

Jan 13 2016 — Yael Berger — Within days of taking office, Canada’s new prime minister met with 13 lobby groups who wanted government action on everything from cloud computing to overseas business development. Filings from October through December give an indication of which interests Justin Trudeau and his top advisors considered during his first months as prime minister. The day after […]

Brad Wall flatly rejects calls to run for new federal Conservative leader

Jan 8 2016 — Yael Berger — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall firmly rejected any suggestion that he will run for leader of the federal Conservatives. “I am not running for federal politics, period,” Wall told host David Akin Thursday on “Everything is Political” on SiriusXM radio. Wall will be running for re-election in the province’s upcoming election in April and he is […]

David Suzuki compares oil sands industry to slavery

Nov 24 2015 — Yael Berger — Environmental activist David Suzuki is comparing Canada’s oil sands industry to slavery just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s premiers discuss a national climate change plan ahead of the upcoming Paris climate conference. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Monday, ahead of the first ministers meeting, that Canada needs to consider the economy when […]

Author Joseph Boyden takes on Stephen Harper

Oct 9 2015 — Yael Berger — Giller prize-winning author Joseph Boyden said Stephen Harper’s comments on niqab issues are “race-baiting” and he compared Harper’s policies to Nazi Germany. Speaking to Evan Solomon on SiriusXM’s radio program Everything is Political, Boyden called the Tory efforts to ban the niqab “fear-mongering to the lowest common denominator.”

Trans-Pacific trade deal could devastate Canadian auto manufacturers: Unifor president says

Sep 23 2015 — Yael Berger — The Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost jobs in Canada’s auto sector, warns Unifor president Jerry Dias. “This deal is going to have a devastating impact on a lot of small businesses including the auto parts sector,” he told Everything is Political host Evan Solomon on Tuesday. Conservative leader Stephen Harper says a trade agreement with the […]

May Calls her exclusion from leaders debates ‘discriminatory’

Sep 11 2015 — Yael Berger — Green Party leader Elizabeth May, whose party has two seats in the House of Commons, is calling her exclusion from the upcoming Munk debate on foreign policy and other non-consortium debates discrimination. May said the privately-held debates are able to be discriminatory because they don’t have to follow the consortium rules. “The Munk debate, the […]

Former PBO Kevin Page backs the Liberal stimulus spending plan in principle, says trust is the ballot question

Sep 2 2015 — Yael Berger — Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada should run a deficit over the next few years in response to the country’s stagnant economy. Kevin Page, the former Parliamentary budget officer and Jean-Luc Pepin research chair at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday that when the economy is in trouble, it’s better to be in deficit […]