National Newswatch

Peter MacKay Campaign Walks Back Calling Trans Rights Legislation A ‘Bathroom’ Bill

May 1 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Peter MacKay’s Conservative leadership campaign is walking back describing a transgender rights bill as a “bathroom” bill in an email to supporters, a term that one NDP MP says perpetuates “derogatory stereotypes” about the trans community. MacKay sent a message to supporters Thursday attacking leadership campaign rival Erin O’Toole, widely seen as his top competition […]

Trudeau Refuses To Repeat Pledge To Cut Tax-Dodging Companies From COVID-19 Aid

Apr 30 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped questions Wednesday on whether companies with offshore bank accounts will be eligible for emergency COVID-19 aid after previously telling MPs they won’t be. Trudeau was pressed by MPs during the House of Commons’ special committee on the COVID-19 pandemic after he said Tuesday that the government will help those who […]

Trudeau Says Making CERB Universal Isn’t As ‘Simple’ As It Sounds

Apr 22 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Making the Canada Emergency Response Benefit universal isn’t as simple as it sounds, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. The temporary income support provides $500 weekly, for up to 16 weeks, to eligible Canadians who’ve stopped working because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns have been raised that Canadians who don’t qualify for the CERB are falling […]

‘Difficult’ Testimony Heard By Senators In Don Meredith Harassment Case

Feb 20 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Two Parliament Hill staffers who experienced alleged workplace harassment and sexual abuse from former senator Don Meredith appeared before a Senate committee Thursday, nearly seven years after concerns were flagged to human resources. They were “not at all grilled” by senators, said Brian Mitchell, the lawyer representing the two former female staffers. He described the […]

Tory MP Wants To Stop Canada From Sending Its Plastic Garbage Overseas

Feb 5 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative MP Scot Davidson says he will introduce a private member’s bill to stop the export of Canadian plastic waste from being dumped or landfilled in foreign countries. The York–Simcoe MP told HuffPost Canada his bill will look to amend “final disposal” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to prohibit domestic plastic garbage, that can’t […]

Ex-Liberal Minister Doesn’t Understand Tory Claims Of ‘Blatant’ Cronyism

Jan 28 2020 — Zi-Ann Lum — Former Liberal cabinet minister Allan Rock says Conservatives are off base to claim “blatant” cronyism is behind a sole-sourced contract the federal government is looking to award the non-profit he chairs. Conservative MPs Michael Barrett and Jacques Gourde, their party’s ethics critics, rose during question period Monday to draw attention to a tender notice suggesting […]

Canadian Governments Have ‘Failed Abominably’ On China: Ex-CSIS Director

Nov 29 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — The former director of Canada’s spy agency says recent Conservative and Liberal governments have “failed abominably” on foreign policy work with China. Richard Fadden, who led the Canadian Security Intelligence Service until his retirement in 2016, told an audience Thursday that he sat in on cabinet meetings for years “listening to ministers and prime ministers […]

Trudeau Claims Conservatives Are ‘In The Pocket Of The Gun Lobby’

Sep 16 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Justin Trudeau accused the Conservatives Monday of being “in the pocket of the gun lobby,” saying they would no doubt oppose the Liberals’ not-yet-announced gun policy. Trudeau made the comment during a Waterloo, Ont. media availability — his first time taking reporters’ questions since Friday. Pressed on why his government had not taken tougher action […]

Faith Goldy Friendship Prompts Tory Candidate To Bail From Scheer Event

Sep 14 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s plans for a “down day” to take his family to a wave pool were rattled Saturday after he was pressed about an Ottawa-area candidate’s friendship with white supremacist Faith Goldy. Scheer faced new questions about his party’s links with Goldy after an undated video surfaced showing a reality show pilot pitched […]

Liberals Undecided If Trudeau Will Be In 1st Leaders’ Debate

Aug 28 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — The Liberals have not confirmed if Justin Trudeau will attend or be a no-show to the first federal leaders’ debate next month. That debate, sponsored by Maclean’s magazine and Citytv and hosted by journalist Paul Wells, will take place Sept. 12 in Toronto. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party […]