National Newswatch

Maxime Bernier Plays The Game Of Risk On Immigration

Dec 9 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Love him or hate him, Maxime Bernier is a newsmaker. The People’s Party of Canada leader has rebranded himself as a political upstart after a highly publicized break up with the federal Conservatives this summer. But is Bernier’s party picking up enough support to spook the Tories?

Scheer Booed By Chiefs For Failing To Differentiate Himself From Harper

Dec 6 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was booed at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly Thursday after he was unable to explain how he’s different from Stephen Harper. Scheer had just finished a speech at Ottawa’s Westin hotel, pledging his commitment to reconciliation when the floor was opened to questions. Former prime minister Harper “lost […]

Canadian Government Introducing Anti-Poverty Legislation Next Week, Duclos Says

Nov 2 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal government will introduce its Poverty Reduction Act next week, bringing forward new legislation to implement Canada’s first-ever official poverty line, HuffPost Canada has learned. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos said in an interview Thursday that having an official measure and target in place will force the government to be […]

Canada’s Marijuana Party Leader Is Pissed About Pot Legalization

Oct 27 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — The leader of the federal Marijuana Party, who for decades advocated for the legalization of cannabis, has now found himself in a peculiar position of being a critic against it. It’s a weird twist of fate Blair Longley is coming to terms with now that the Liberal government has come through on its election promise […]

Tories Accused Of ‘Sickening’ Exploitation Of Tori Stafford’s Murder

Sep 26 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Graphic details about the murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford dominated question period Wednesday, as Conservatives expressed outrage over news that one of her killers was moved from a maximum-security prison to an aboriginal healing lodge. Terri-Lynne McClintic is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Stafford in 2009. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, is […]

Trudeau Government Drops $43 Billion In Summer Spending Blitz Aimed Mostly At Liberal Ridings

Sep 19 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal government spent the summer making $43 billion worth of funding announcements — aimed primarily at Liberal ridings in Eastern Canada. The size of funding announcements ranged from relatively minor — $4,000 for renovations to a Quebec town’s recreation centre, for example — to major, such as the unveiling of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, […]

Justin Trudeau Gets Himself A Mention In Omarosa’s Controversial Book

Aug 15 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — For some reason Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name found a place in former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman’s controversial new book Unhinged. Trudeau’s name appears in a section where Manigault Newman describes her close relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump during the administration’s first 100 days. “I was always standing nearby or seated behind […]

Tory MP Compares Trudeau’s Groping Claim Response To Harvey Weinstein

Jul 4 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel is going after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s feminist credentials following his recent response to an 18-year-old groping allegation that he can’t remember such an incident. “Well I’m sure Harvey Weinstein said that he couldn’t recall things either,” Rempel told HuffPost Canada in an interview Wednesday, referencing the disgraced Hollywood film mogul […]

Conservatives Have ‘Great Relationship’ With Indigenous People: Scheer

May 1 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal Conservative and NDP leaders shared similar attacks at an Assembly of First Nations’ chiefs’ meeting Tuesday, both sowing a pre-election message that the Liberal government is all talk and no action on Indigenous issues. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was upfront. “Basically, I’m here to tell you that Canada’s Conservatives are listening,” he said. […]