National Newswatch

Team Trudeau’s shuffle: Five things that make us go “Hmmm”

Jul 18 2018 — Kady O'Malley — After letting Official Ottawa spend the last few weeks ensnarled in increasingly frenzied anticipation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally brought an end to the suspense on Wednesday morning with what turned out to be a more robust re-engineering of his ministerial machinery than most precinct-dwellers had been expecting — although one that, for the most […]

NPR, Politico latest U.S. news outlets expanding northward, shaking up Canadian media environment

Jul 18 2018 — Emily Haws — Politico and National Public Radio’s announcements in the last month that they’re expanding northward are just the latest in an uptick in American media outlets pouring more resources into Canada and hoping for more Canadian revenue in return. But press gallery journalists say they aren’t concerned the increasing interest in Canada will harm their jobs, […]

Refugee advocates dispute Canada facing ‘crisis’ over arrival of claimants from U.S. border, NDP says ‘Conservatives misrepresent issue’

Jul 18 2018 — — Debate over Ottawa’s handling of the settlement of refugee claimants has both the Trudeau government and the Conservatives trying to bait each other into appearing too soft or too hard on the hot-button issue, but the Tories should be wary of appealing to the baser instincts of voters, say advocates and political players.

U.S. launches national security investigation against uranium imports

Jul 18 2018 — — The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched another national security investigation that could target Canada, this time by looking into uranium imports. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the Section 232 investigation ahead of the potential imposition of tariffs on imports of the ore. Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of uranium after Kazakhstan, with 23 […]

Is Stephen Harper pulling Jason Kenney’s strings?

Jul 18 2018 — Gary Mason — By all measures, Jason Kenney should be feeling pretty good these days. His United Conservative Party recently won two by-elections in Alberta by whopping margins. Sure, they might have been in extra-safe seats, but still, the magnitude of the victories was notable. In one, the UCP candidate was 73 points ahead of the NDP’s sacrificial […]

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Wednesday, source says

Jul 13 2018 — David Cochrane — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet next Wednesday as his government readies for the next election amid shifting federal-provincial relations, CBC News has learned. The Canadian Press reported earlier this week that a shuffle was coming within the next week. A source who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity confirmed the […]

Team Trudeau’s shuffle: Five things that make us go “Hmmm”

Jul 18 2018 — Kady O'Malley — After letting Official Ottawa spend the last few weeks ensnarled in increasingly frenzied anticipation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally brought an end to the suspense on Wednesday morning with what turned out to be a more robust re-engineering of his ministerial machinery than most precinct-dwellers had been expecting — although one that, for the most […]

Morneau, Freeland expected to keep portfolios in next week’s cabinet shuffle

Jul 15 2018 — — A number of key ministers are expected to keep their portfolios when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles his cabinet next week. Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, reported Sunday that Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale are all […]

As pre-election cabinet shuffle looms, Kirsty Duncan ready for anything

Jul 12 2018 — — She’s gone from a junior minister, to a minister with a $4-billion budget to spend, to a minister holding down two different portfolios. Now Kirsty Duncan, minister of science and minister of sport and persons with disabilities, finds herself at the centre of speculation as talk heats up about a cabinet shuffle. Prime Minister Justin […]

Is this the behaviour of a government that has nothing to hide?

Jul 13 2018 — Andrew Coyne — On Thursday, at an impromptu press conference after his spectacular near-derailing of the NATO summit, Donald Trump was asked about next week’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. How did he think they would get along? The president declined to identify Putin as either a friend or enemy, but as a “competitor.” Still, “he’s been […]

‘Not Canadian’: Hussen, MacLeod exchange sharp words over asylum seeker ‘crisis’

Jul 13 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — A meeting between Canada’s federal and provincial immigration ministers ended bitterly Friday, with federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen openly criticizing the Ontario government for what he called a dangerous and un-Canadian approach to the issue of asylum seekers. “They’ve chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue-jumping, when we have told them over […]

‘Immense disappointment’: Prime Minister’s Youth Council calls on Trudeau to halt Kinder Morgan buyout

Jul 16 2018 — — More than a dozen current and former members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council are calling on Justin Trudeau to halt the federal government’s announced $4.5-billion buyout of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. In a sign-on letter, the council members write of their “immense disappointment” in the decision, arguing that it violates assurances […]

Trudeau’s handling of groping allegation has ‘terribly set back’ progress on women’s issues, puts him in tricky situation too, say political players

Jul 16 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “tortured series of explanations” for the groping allegation against him has “terribly set back” the progress made on women’s issues, proves that all “missteps” should not be deemed as “sexual assault,” and has affected the prime minister’s ability to handle any future cases of sexual misconduct in his own caucus, say […]

Harper blindsides Trudeau PMO, plans visit to White House

Jun 27 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Former prime minister Stephen Harper is planning a trip to the White House next week, and hasn’t notified the current Canadian government of his visit, CTV News has learned. According to emails obtained by CTV News, American officials are expecting Harper to visit D.C. on July 2, the day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports […]

Woman who accused Trudeau of groping breaks her silence

Jul 6 2018 — John Paul Tasker — The woman who alleged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched her inappropriately some two decades ago issued a statement Friday saying the incident happened as described — but that she now wants to be left alone. “I issue this statement reluctantly, in response to mounting media pressure to confirm that I was the reporter who was […]

Conservatives attack Trudeau for taking ‘personal’ day

Jun 26 2018 — Alex Ballingall — The personal is political. So, too, the “personal day.” At least that seems to be the case after the partisan dogfight in Canadian politics veered into the prime minister’s work-life balance on Monday. The Conservative party suggested on Twitter that Justin Trudeau takes too much time off, using his office’s public itinerary as fodder for […]

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 […]

Caroline Mulroney Lapham could be Tories’ heir apparent

Dec 13 2015 — Christina Blizzard — She’s beautiful, fluently bilingual and well-educated. And she’s Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare. Caroline Mulroney Lapham, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, is the best choice to be the new leader of the federal Conservative party, many Tory insiders believe. Like Trudeau, she has an impeccable political pedigree and is glamorous. She’s also very […]

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 […]

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 […]