National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]