National Newswatch

Stalling Conservative Senators Don’t Respect Human Rights: Cree MP

Jun 21 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — The House of Commons has officially adjourned for the summer, but NDP MP Romeo Saganash says he’s still working on getting his Indigenous rights bill past the finish line in the Senate. Saganash introduced his private member’s bill more than three years ago, proposing that the federal government adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration […]

Scheer Dodges Question About Extreme Weather And Climate Change

Jun 11 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — A Tory MP was called out by a scientist for sharing “dangerously misleading” information about climate change. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won’t say whether he thinks extreme weather events have anything to do with climate change and human activity. Over the weekend, deputy leader Lisa Raitt tweeted a link to an article published in the […]

Unifor Accuses Scheer Of Making ‘Trump-Style Attack’ On Canadian Media

May 24 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Bad blood continues to boil between Canada’s largest private-sector union and the federal Conservatives. Unifor Canada spokesperson Howard Law accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on Thursday of launching a “Trump-style attack on media.” He evoked the U.S. president’s name after being asked about Scheer’s criticism of the union’s involvement in the federal government’s $595-million support […]

New Bill Would Ban Advertising, Profiting Off Conversion Therapy For Kids

Apr 10 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — New legislation introduced in the Senate proposes to change the Criminal Code to make it illegal to advertise conversion therapy to children. Conversion therapy is a discredited counselling practice that claims to “cure” LGBTQ2+ people of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s based on pseudoscience that has been disproven worldwide, but is still offered […]

Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio Misses Own January Deadline To Resign

Jan 23 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio has yet to submit his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons despite a much-publicized pledge to do so on Jan. 22. House Speaker Geoff Regan’s office told HuffPost Canada Wednesday that they haven’t received Di Iorio’s resignation letter. Di Iorio did not respond to HuffPost’s […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Surprise Shuffle Isn’t A Demotion, Trudeau Says – She’s now minister for veterans affairs.

Jan 14 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended a surprise move Monday to shuffle senior cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould into veterans affairs, calling the B.C. MP a sharp navigator of difficult files. Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Hall after the swearing-in ceremony for five new ministers, Trudeau was asked if Wilson-Raybould’s performance merited the apparent demotion. She had […]