National Newswatch

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 […]

Conservative Bid To Have Journalist Hand Over Trudeau Evidence Fails

Aug 21 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — A House of Commons ethics committee meeting Wednesday ended with the defeat of a Conservative attempt to compel a journalist to produce evidence to determine if the prime minister breached cabinet confidence in interviews about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt made the request after the Liberal majority on the committee defeated two motions […]

A #MeToo Moment Of Reckoning Crumbles In Canada’s Senate

Aug 18 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — A Senate committee is exploring compensation for employees who raised allegations of harassment and sexual abuse against former senator Don Meredith, HuffPost has learned. But victims are frustrated there seems to be no end to an inquiry process which has taken four years so far. “I just feel like I’ve been shot right in the […]

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 […]