National Newswatch

Faith Goldy escorted off stage by police at Toronto mayoral candidates’ debate

Sep 24 2018 — — The city’s first mayoral debate got off to a rocky start after a controversial candidate stormed the stage and demanded to be included. Former Rebel Media personality turned mayoral candidate Faith Goldy showed up while the debate was taking place and attempted to present a petition to the moderator that she said held signatures of […]

Trump snubs Trudeau: White house says president is too busy to meet Canada’s leader – even though British, French and Egyptian counterparts all get private talks

Sep 24 2018 — — President Donald Trump has set aside time for talks at the United Nations General Assembly with Egypt’s dictator, the British prime minister, and the French president and yet he won’t have time this week to meet with Canada’s Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is at the annual gathering in New York City, where he’s due to deliver […]

Feds closing in on winning bidder for $60-billion warship project

Sep 24 2018 — Beatrice Paez — Ottawa could be close to settling on the winning bid for the $60-billion procurement of multi-purpose vessels that will form the backbone of the Canadian Navy, with rumours swirling that a decision could come in a few weeks’ time, although Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government will announce it by the end of the […]

CBC News projects a minority government with Liberals, Tories in dead heat

Sep 24 2018 — — CBC News projects a minority government in New Brunswick, but it’s not clear who will form it. The Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals are in a dead heat at 21 seats as the final votes are counted in the 39th provincial general election But Monday will also be a night to remember for New Brunswick’s […]

Canada faces steep odds in battle to join UN Security Council

Sep 24 2018 — Evan Dyer — With nearly two years to go until the vote for the 2021 United Nations Security Council, it may seem strange that Canada is lobbying other nations that are gathering on the east side of Manhattan for the 73rd UN General Assembly. That is indeed the focus of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at this week-long event, attended […]

What governments do in the last year of their mandate

Sep 24 2018 — Rachel Curran — It is true that governments in Canada do not technically have “mandates” to govern, as scholar Philippe Lagassé has pointed out. But for lack of a better term, let me use it to describe the four-year period a majority federal government is given to achieve particular policy objectives and otherwise govern the country before it […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Liberals, NDP Look At Next Steps After Crosbie Wins Windsor Lake Seat

Sep 21 2018 — — Ches Crosbie kissed his father as he arrived to a jubilant group of campaign supporters last night after winning the byelection in Windsor Lake. After a very tight early race, Crosbie’s lead started to build, and in the end he defeated Liberal Paul Antle with a 218 vote margin.

Game-changing study suggests Liberal carbon tax plan would put more money in Canadians’ pockets

Sep 19 2018 — John Ivison — The study, which will be released next week, is by Canadians for Clean Prosperity, a non-partisan group led by Mark Cameron, ex-policy director to Stephen Harper. “Bring it on.” That was Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s response Wednesday to Justin Trudeau’s defence of the Liberal carbon tax and the Liberals’ willingness to fight the 2019 election […]

Why Stephen Harper’s former policy director is defending Trudeau’s carbon tax

Sep 20 2018 — — While the Conservatives argue the Liberal government’s proposed carbon tax would take money out of the pockets of everyday Canadians, a new report suggests the opposite is true. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will levy a price on carbon dioxide pollution starting at a minimum of $10 a tonne in 2019, rising by […]

Bernier team ‘can’t keep up’ with offensive, off-message online content

Sep 19 2018 — Catherine Cullen — There’s a website address that sounds a lot like Maxime Bernier’s — but it redirects users to a controversial Reddit discussion forum. There’s a “People’s Party of Canada Open Border Caucus” that’s cropped up on Facebook — again, with no ties to the former Conservative cabinet minister or his new federal party. Even on Bernier’s […]

Faith Goldy escorted off stage by police at Toronto mayoral candidates’ debate

Sep 24 2018 — — The city’s first mayoral debate got off to a rocky start after a controversial candidate stormed the stage and demanded to be included. Former Rebel Media personality turned mayoral candidate Faith Goldy showed up while the debate was taking place and attempted to present a petition to the moderator that she said held signatures of […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

‘I am really, really upset with this’: Trudeau, in leaked video from meeting with FSIN, unhappy with ‘time management’

Sep 17 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears frustrated with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ “time management” in a leaked video clip that was taken during his meeting with several chiefs in Saskatoon earlier this week. Trudeau, who was in the city for the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual caucus retreat earlier, and Public Safety Minister Ralph […]

Trudeau names nine new parliamentary secretaries, removes four from roster

Aug 31 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to his parliamentary secretary roster Friday, stripping some of their title and adding new names to the list. Trudeau added nine new individuals to the list and removed four. The new names include Sean Fraser who has been named parliamentary secretary to the minister of environment, Gary Anandasangaree, who’s […]

U.S. is intent on ending supply management for Canadian dairy: Trudeau

Aug 29 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Trump administration Wednesday of setting its sights on dismantling Canada’s supply management system. And he vowed that Canada won’t buckle on the issue at the NAFTA talks. The vexing question of greater U.S. access to the Canada’s protected dairy sector is now pivotal as the NAFTA negotiations in Washington […]

Bernier’s new party draws first public backers from leadership supporters

Sep 11 2018 — — A dragon, a marijuana activist and a former Tory MP who backed maverick MP Maxime Bernier’s leadership campaign are now throwing their weight behind his fledgling new political party. Bernier, who spent much of the last year butting heads with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer over party policy on supply management, announced last month he was […]

Ford fights back against ruling striking down council-cutting plan

Sep 10 2018 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday his Progressive Conservative government would invoke a rarely used notwithstanding clause in order to go ahead with its plan to cut the size of Toronto city council despite a court decision that ruled the move unconstitutional. The premier said the province would also appeal the court decision, which said […]

Chrystia Freeland raised Trump’s ire with key speech

Aug 28 2018 — Mercedes Stephenson — President Donald Trump was infuriated by a major foreign policy speech delivered by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington D.C. in June of this year, sources tell Global News. Minister Freeland travelled to the U.S. capital to receive the prestigious Diplomat of the Year Award from Foreign Policy Magazine.

Bombshell leak to Toronto Star upends NAFTA talks: In secret ‘so insulting’ remarks, Trump says he isn’t compromising at all with Canada

Aug 31 2018 — Daniel Dale — High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks from President Donald Trump, after the remarks were obtained by the Toronto Star. In remarks Trump wanted to be “off the record,” Trump told Bloomberg News reporters on Thursday, according to a source, that he is not […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]