National Newswatch

Winnipeg Catholic priest accuses residential school survivors of lying about abuse for money

Jul 29 2021 — — A Catholic priest has been banned by a Winnipeg archdiocese from speaking publicly after accusing residential school survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get more money from court settlements, of spreading falsehoods about residential schools, and joking about shooting those writing graffiti on churches, among other comments. The statements were made over weeks of […]

Prime minister announces appointment of five new senators

Jul 29 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the appointment of five new members of the Senate. Michèle Audette, Amina Gerba and Clément Gignac will represent Quebec in the Red Chamber. David Arnot will represent Saskatchewan and Karen Sorensen will represent Alberta. The Governor General appoints senators on the advice of the prime minister. All five senators […]

Peter MacKay hired bodyguards for his family during Conservative leadership race, records show

Jul 28 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Peter MacKay hired “emergency close protection” after threats were made against his wife during his failed bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative party last year. Financial returns released Wednesday show MacKay spent upwards of $5 million on his leadership bid — including $124,000 for security guards — and still owes $800,000. His return […]

Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents

Jul 29 2021 — — The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a host of other revelations. They appear to contradict the Catholic Church’s public claims about money paid to […]

Favourable vs. Capable: Party leaders earn more warmth from Canadians than trust when it comes to the job of PM

Jul 29 2021 — — Liberals, New Democrats twice as likely as CPC voters to say they’ll vote by mail if able. The interruption of summer reverie, brought to Canadians by political volunteers acting on behalf of their leaders, is already underway. Robo-texts from party chatbots asking who they’ll support. Phone calls from real people asking households whether they’ll take […]

Kenney outraged over Trudeau’s Senate appointment as Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen appointed as independent

Jul 29 2021 — — Premier Jason Kenney said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “showed contempt for democracy in Alberta” by appointing a “hand-picked representative of Alberta” to the Senate in advance of provincial elections. On Thursday, Karen Sorensen resigned as mayor of Banff to represent Alberta in Ottawa after being chosen by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon. Sorensen was first elected […]

National Liberal campaign director Ishmael advises candidates to rent campaign offices for two months: Liberal sources

Jul 26 2021 — Abbas Rana — With all federal parties entering the final phase of preparations for an anticipated election call next month, a top Liberal campaign official told candidates, campaign managers, and riding association presidents last week that they should rent campaign offices for two months. Liberal sources who attended the online meeting on Monday, July 19, said that in […]

O’Toole gave supporters and other party insiders taxpayer-funded contracts

Jul 22 2021 — David Akin — Erin O’Toole’s office gave nearly $240,000 worth of taxpayer-funded contracts to Conservative insiders in his first six months on the job, Global News has learned, even while O’Toole and many of his MPs were hammering the Trudeau Liberals for sending taxpayer-funded contracts to Liberal-connected firms. Moreover, O’Toole has allowed his deputy chief of staff, Steve […]

Meet the unvaccinated: Why some Canadians still haven’t had the shot

Jul 25 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s vaccine campaign has been crushing it lately, with an impressive 80 per cent of eligible Canadians having had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That statistic distracts from a troubling fact, however: more than six million Canadians still haven’t had a shot, just as experts are warning we need more coverage to […]

Erin O’Toole draws fire from party insiders, his own MPs over staff member who works for social conservatives

Jul 24 2021 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is facing questions from within his own party over allowing his deputy chief of staff to help social conservative candidates secure party nominations. The Star reported Thursday that Steve Outhouse, O’Toole’s deputy chief of staff, has been paid by nine people seeking nominations to assist their campaigns. The majority of those […]

Stephen Harper says Canada’s pandemic spending has been ‘overkill’ in podcast appearance

Jul 27 2021 — — The Canadian government has spent irresponsibly in its attempt to fend off the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to former prime minister Stephen Harper. “It’s not a good reaction, it’s been overkill,” Harper said on an episode of the podcast American Optimist, which was released on Tuesday. “This is bad macroeconomic policy […]

‘She is killing the party’: New Green executive candidates won’t commit to supporting Annamie Paul

Jul 27 2021 — Alex Ballingall — The vast majority of those vying for spots on the Green party’s most powerful governing body either oppose Annamie Paul’s leadership or won’t say whether they support her. The lack of public backing from candidates for the Greens’ federal council raises questions about whether challenges to Paul’s leadership will continue, despite her claims she is […]

‘They haven’t got a competitor who’s even remotely close’: Liberals on track to win majority in expected September election, but still a few wild cards

Jul 5 2021 — Christopher Guly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on track to win a third mandate and form his second Liberal majority government if he triggers a federal election, according to June polling numbers. An Ipsos online and telephone poll of 1,501 Canadians conducted for Global News found the Liberals holding first position, month-to-month, with the support of 38 […]

National Liberal campaign director Ishmael advises candidates to rent campaign offices for two months: Liberal sources

Jul 26 2021 — Abbas Rana — With all federal parties entering the final phase of preparations for an anticipated election call next month, a top Liberal campaign official told candidates, campaign managers, and riding association presidents last week that they should rent campaign offices for two months. Liberal sources who attended the online meeting on Monday, July 19, said that in […]

O’Toole gave supporters and other party insiders taxpayer-funded contracts

Jul 22 2021 — David Akin — Erin O’Toole’s office gave nearly $240,000 worth of taxpayer-funded contracts to Conservative insiders in his first six months on the job, Global News has learned, even while O’Toole and many of his MPs were hammering the Trudeau Liberals for sending taxpayer-funded contracts to Liberal-connected firms. Moreover, O’Toole has allowed his deputy chief of staff, Steve […]

Conservative support dips as Liberals appear on steady road to majority: poll

Jun 30 2021 — — The Liberals remain poised to regain a majority government in the next federal election, a new poll suggests, while support for the Conservatives appears to be dipping to worrying levels. The latest Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 38 per cent of decided voters would cast their ballot for the Liberals if the […]

How Canadians view the federal party leaders

Jul 12 2021 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — Our latest nationwide survey included a series of probes designed to help understand how the public sees the leaders of the three biggest national political parties. Here’s what we found. JAGMEET SINGH. Today, Mr. Singh is arguably the most popular national political leader, with 38% saying they have a positive view of him, while 26% […]

NS Liberal candidate for Dartmouth South steps down

Jul 17 2021 — — The Nova Scotia Liberal Party lost a candidate on the same day the provincial election was announced. Robyn Ingraham, the candidate for Dartmouth South, posted a statement to her personal Instagram page on Saturday announcing she would be dropping out of the race. Ingraham said she’d arrived at the “difficult decision” to not proceed any […]

RCMP officer among 17 confirmed dead in Nova Scotia killing spree

Apr 19 2020 — — RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, […]

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 […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]

Senator Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition in Gatineau hospital

Jan 19 2016 — — Senator Patrick Brazeau is recovering in hospital following surgery after he was found seriously injured in his home last night, according to officials at a hospital in Gatineau, Que. Police and paramedics were called to Brazeau’s home in Mayo, Que., northeast of Ottawa, just after 10 p.m. ET on Monday, sources told CBC News. He […]