National Newswatch

Singh Leading In Burnaby South By-Election

Jan 15 2019 — — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is out to a sizeable lead in the by-election in Burnaby South, but still faces obstacles in winning his seat. “We have found significant shifts among the electorate since the by-election has been called,” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research. “Voters in Burnaby South are now facing an […]

After crushing Brexit deal defeat, Theresa May faces non-confidence vote

Jan 15 2019 — — Lawmakers in the U.K. have dealt a crushing defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, setting the stage for a non-confidence vote tomorrow in the British Parliament. Tuesday’s vote was 432 to 202 — the biggest government defeat in the House of Commons in almost a century — and was followed minutes later by […]

Former New Democrat MP Svend Robinson wants to return to politics

Jan 15 2019 — — Former New Democrat MP Svend Robinson is attempting a political comeback, nearly 15 years after his theft of an expensive diamond ring brought an end to his decades-long career. Robinson is expected to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the riding of Burnaby North-Seymour at a nomination meeting later this week after serving seven […]

Justice Minister OK’d Piracy

Jan 16 2019 — — Newly-appointed Attorney General David Lametti in a paper written as a McGill law professor defended blatant music piracy as ethical “whatever the law”: “Everyone is doing it,” he wrote. Lametti yesterday did not comment.

Person of ‘national security concern’ was accidentally granted permanent residency

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A person of “national security concern” was granted permanent residency “due to a series of failures” by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister’s office is calling a “completely unacceptable” mistake. The changes were outlined in a […]

Cabinet shuffle may be in the cards for Justin Trudeau

Jan 9 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be gearing up for this 2019 election year with an early reset of his government — including a possible cabinet shuffle in the days ahead. Shuffle speculation has been heating up over the past couple of days in Ottawa in advance of next week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for surgery

Jan 14 2019 — — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery. Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior […]

Scott Brison resigning from federal cabinet, won’t seek re-election

Jan 10 2019 — — Scott Brison is set to resign from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet after deciding he won’t seek re-election this fall. The Treasury Board president says he’s decided it’s time for a change after 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants — initially as a Progressive Conservative MP before jumping to the Liberals in […]

The Norman case casts a long shadow over Scott Brison’s retirement

Jan 10 2019 — Murray Brewster — It’s often said that timing is everything in politics. Scott Brison, the long-time Liberal cabinet minister with Conservative roots, has decided it’s time to bow out. He spent his farewell round of political interviews on Thursday defending the timing of his departure, coming as it does following allegations of political interference related to the criminal […]

Senior staff shake-up in the Prime Minister’s Office

Dec 20 2018 — Laura Ryckewaert — An end-of-year senior staff shake-up has taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office, as part of which, Brian Clow has been promoted to the title of executive director of Canada-U.S. relations and issues management. A string of changes were announced in a recent memo to staff from PMO chief of staff Katie Telford and principal […]

New Trudeau adviser to make at least $1,250 a day

Dec 17 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Justin Trudeau’s newest adviser will take home more than $1,200 for each day he works in government, iPolitics has learned. Serge Dupont, a former deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office (PCO), was named senior executive adviser to the prime minister in an order-in-council published on Dec. 6. The order fixed his salary at $1,250 […]

Who will replace Jagmeet Singh as leader of the federal NDP?

Dec 22 2018 — I plead guilty: that’s a rude headline you just read above this article. It probably stings New Democrats who are knocking on doors in South Burnaby trying to get Jagmeet Singh a seat in Parliament. It’s also painful for those who worked so hard to help Singh become NDP leader only 14 months ago, helping […]

Cabinet shuffle may be in the cards for Justin Trudeau

Jan 9 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be gearing up for this 2019 election year with an early reset of his government — including a possible cabinet shuffle in the days ahead. Shuffle speculation has been heating up over the past couple of days in Ottawa in advance of next week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for surgery

Jan 14 2019 — — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery. Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior […]

Why Trudeau might lose

Jan 5 2019 — Margaret Wente — Justin Trudeau may face a surprisingly tough election fight this year. His worst problem is not the winsome dimples of Andrew Scheer (a man few of us would recognize if we bumped into him). His problem is that after three years of exposure, the charm has worn thin. He is often glib. He strikes a […]

Scott Brison resigning from federal cabinet, won’t seek re-election

Jan 10 2019 — — Scott Brison is set to resign from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet after deciding he won’t seek re-election this fall. The Treasury Board president says he’s decided it’s time for a change after 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants — initially as a Progressive Conservative MP before jumping to the Liberals in […]

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 […]