National Newswatch

Premiers’ Performance: Smith divides Albertans, Ford ranks among lowest in leader approval

Dec 7 2022 — — Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the land, Canada’s premiers were anxious to learn where they stand. Provincial constituents assessed their leaders with care. Deciding, was sound judgement recently there? Moe and Legault enjoyed moments of ease, knowing significant majorities of their electorates were pleased. Carbon taxation, causing an Ottawa-Halifax flap, but Houston […]

‘Rock and a hard place’: party insiders say managing internal divisions on gun control Singh’s ‘biggest test’ as left-leaning hunters set sights on rural, northern MPs

Dec 7 2022 — Stuart Benson — Although the Liberals say they’re willing to review controversial changes to their gun-control legislation to avoid targeting common firearms used by hunters, the pressure is already mounting on the NDP to speak out as “left-leaning” hunters set their sights on MPs representing the party’s substantial rural, northwestern, and Indigenous constituencies. Following the Nov. 17 introduction […]

Federal government awarded RCMP contract to firm with ties to China

Dec 7 2022 — — Government did not consider security concerns in bid to build and maintain RCMP radio equipment. The federal government awarded a contract to provide and maintain RCMP communications equipment to a company with ties to the Chinese government, Radio-Canada has learned. The contract has security experts raising concerns about potential Chinese access to RCMP communications and […]

Mint issues black-ringed toonie in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Dec 7 2022 — — The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new black-ringed toonie to honour Queen Elizabeth II. The mint says the coin’s black outer ring is intended to evoke a “mourning armband” to honour the queen, who died in September after 70 years on the throne. The mint says it will start to circulate nearly five million […]

Bank of Canada raises rate again to 4.25% — but opens door to staying there

Dec 7 2022 — — The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, to 4.25 per cent. The move was widely expected by economists, who were anticipating a rate hike of either 25 or 50 points. Canada’s central bank has raised its rate seven times this year in its fight to wrestle inflation into submission. […]

Government will review RCMP contract awarded to China-linked company, Trudeau says

Dec 7 2022 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will investigate an RCMP equipment contract awarded to a company with ties to China’s government — and will also re-examine its approach to procurement. A Radio-Canada investigation found that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) awarded Sinclair Technologies a contract worth $549,637 last year to build and […]

Yukon Liberal MP breaks ranks over gun bill, calling for clarification over which guns are targeted

Dec 7 2022 — Bryan Passifiume — Cracks are beginning to form in the Liberal caucus over the government’s contentious gun control bill, and the Conservatives were quick to jump on it during question period on Wednesday. Addressing the Liberals across the aisle, Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre wasted no time in bringing up comments made by Yukon Liberal MP Brendan Hanley, who […]

Speculation grows in B.C. over snap provincial election

Dec 7 2022 — — As David Eby prepares to announce his new cabinet Wednesday, and against a backdrop of B.C.’s strong financial picture, many are speculating the new premier will call a snap election despite repeated vows he’ll wait until the fixed October 2024 date. B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau announced Tuesday that her party has opened nominations for […]

Speculation starts about a potential cabinet shuffle

Dec 5 2022 — Abbas Rana — With the House scheduled to adjourn for the Christmas break on Dec. 16, speculation has already started about the possibility of a cabinet shuffle prior to the start of the winter sitting of Parliament at the end of January, say Liberals and senior political strategists. “Any way you cut it, we are moving towards a […]

Premiers’ Performance: Smith divides Albertans, Ford ranks among lowest in leader approval

Dec 7 2022 — — Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the land, Canada’s premiers were anxious to learn where they stand. Provincial constituents assessed their leaders with care. Deciding, was sound judgement recently there? Moe and Legault enjoyed moments of ease, knowing significant majorities of their electorates were pleased. Carbon taxation, causing an Ottawa-Halifax flap, but Houston […]

Price apologizes, says he did know about Polytechnique shooting

Dec 6 2022 — — The Montreal Canadiens organization and goalie Carey Price have issued apologies after Price posted a message on social media in support of a gun lobby group that recently used “POLY” as a promotional discount code. The team issued a statement on Monday that Price didn’t know about the 1989 Polytechnique Massacre or its upcoming anniversary. […]

How Bill C-21 turned from banning handguns to hunting guns

Dec 5 2022 — Evan Dyer — Confusion was on the agenda at a parliamentary committee last week after the Liberal government brought in last-minute amendments to its contentious gun control legislation. The proposed changes to Bill C-21 were tacked on by Liberal MP Paul Chiang after it had passed second reading — drawing complaints from opposition MPs who accused the government […]

Military officer Dany Fortin acquitted on 1988 sexual assault charge

Dec 5 2022 — — A Quebec civilian judge has acquitted Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin of sexual assault over an allegation that dates back to 1988. Judge Richard Meredith said he believes the complainant was sexually assaulted, but said the Crown did not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Fortin who had assaulted her. Fortin was the military officer […]

‘Bumbling and stumbling’: Alberta’s UCP caucus votes for changes to sovereignty bill

Dec 5 2022 — — Alberta’s governing United Conservative caucus says it wants changes to fix a bill that grants sweeping, unchecked powers to Premier Danielle Smith and her cabinet to pass laws behind closed doors without the scrutiny and approval of the legislature. Smith, meanwhile, is facing Opposition demands to explain to Albertans whether she is authoritarian or incompetent, […]

Former Harper adviser denounces Poilievre drug policy unveiled in video

Nov 22 2022 — Ian Bailey — A former public safety and justice adviser to Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has condemned Pierre Poilievre’s new video on Vancouver’s toxic drug crisis, describing the current party leader’s opposition to safe supply as unsubstantiated. “I was really disgusted by it. I honestly was so disturbed to see Pierre Poilievre using people’s really desperate situation […]

Speculation starts about a potential cabinet shuffle

Dec 5 2022 — Abbas Rana — With the House scheduled to adjourn for the Christmas break on Dec. 16, speculation has already started about the possibility of a cabinet shuffle prior to the start of the winter sitting of Parliament at the end of January, say Liberals and senior political strategists. “Any way you cut it, we are moving towards a […]

Premiers’ Performance: Smith divides Albertans, Ford ranks among lowest in leader approval

Dec 7 2022 — — Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the land, Canada’s premiers were anxious to learn where they stand. Provincial constituents assessed their leaders with care. Deciding, was sound judgement recently there? Moe and Legault enjoyed moments of ease, knowing significant majorities of their electorates were pleased. Carbon taxation, causing an Ottawa-Halifax flap, but Houston […]

Pierre Poilievre is rebranding the Conservative party in his own image

Nov 13 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is in the midst of a major overhaul of the party he’s now led for two months. After members handed him a strong mandate to take the party in a new direction, Poilievre ousted senior staff loyal to former leader Erin O’Toole and rejigged the front bench, with new “shadow cabinet […]

‘Berated’ and ‘agitated’: What’s being said about Trudeau’s G20 exchange with Chinese President Xi

Nov 16 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Canadians woke up on Wednesday to rarely-captured footage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Indonesia. In the interaction, Xi expressed his displeasure with Trudeau over details of what the pair discussed in a brief meeting this week being “leaked” to reporters, while […]

New Conservative Communications Director Railed Against ‘Globalists’ and ‘New World Order’ on Blog

Nov 9 2022 — — The Conservative Party of Canada’s newly appointed director of communications has strong opinions about “globalists” and “the inception of a new world order.” Sarah Fischer, a long-time party staffer and 2019 Conservative candidate under Andrew Scheer, announced her new job on Twitter Monday, pledging to work to “make Canada the freest country on earth.” Within […]

Freedom Convoy lawyer called ‘idiot’ after mistaken identity

Nov 24 2022 — — A lawyer for organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” ran to confront a man outside of the Emergencies Act inquiry on Thursday whom he mistook for the person he has repeatedly accused — despite ardent denials and without providing evidence — of carrying a Nazi flag to last winter’s protests. The lawyer was also served […]

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 […]