National Newswatch

Marijuana bill inches closer to passage with House vote

Jun 18 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Liberal government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana has cleared another vote in the House of Commons — but it still has to get a final stamp of approval from an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act but the Liberal government rejected several major […]

Ethics watchdog clears Bill Morneau in pension bill allegations

Jun 18 2018 — — Finance Minister Bill Morneau wasn’t in a conflict of interest when he introduced a pension bill in the House of Commons while he still owned shares in his family’s pension services company, according to the ethics commissioner. “Because Bill C-27 is of general application, Mr. Morneau’s interests, those of his relatives, and those of Morneau […]

How U.S. tariffs on cars could hit Canadians

Jun 18 2018 — — Donald Trump’s weapon of choice in the trade standoff between Canada and the U.S. has, up to this point, been tariffs. The president has most recently put the crosshairs on vehicles, and should Canada be slapped with more tariffs, workers and consumers could be the biggest losers. Last week, as he was en route to […]

Alberta mosque set ablaze in ‘brazen’ attack

Jun 17 2018 — — A mosque in Edson, Alta. was set on fire late Saturday night shortly after a small group of people left the building after evening prayers. The three people who were praying inside had left the mosque and were still in the parking lot when a fire started at the building’s south entrance at around 11 […]

Notley takes aim at Kenney in campaign-style speech to supporters

Jun 17 2018 — — Premier Rachel Notley used a provincial council meeting in Calgary Saturday to take aim at UCP leader Jason Kenney. In a campaign-style speech to NDP supporters, the premier accused Kenney of flip-flopping on Ottawa’s investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline and took aim at UCP MLAs who refused to vote on anti-harassment legislation around abortion […]

Prime minister’s summer retreat getting a few upgrades

Jun 17 2018 — — While the long-needed repairs to 24 Sussex Drive have been getting most of the attention, it’s not the only prime ministerial residence where the government is spending money. Harrington Lake, the prime minister’s lakeside retreat and official summer residence about 30 kilometres northwest of Parliament Hill, has been getting some improvements as well.

Trudeau’s retaliatory tariffs may threaten recreational boating in Canada

Jun 16 2018 — — Expect ‘irreparable and disastrous damage to the industry,’ says association president. Canada’s recreational boating industry says it’s bracing for big losses if proposed countermeasures against American tariffs go ahead on July 1. On Wednesday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada, which represents the recreational boating industry, wrote a two-page letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. […]

Government looking into using frozen assets to help refugees

Jun 16 2018 — — The federal government is being asked to consider confiscating frozen assets in Canada to help refugees. The proposal, which is still in its infancy, comes from the World Refugee Council, an initiative set up by the Waterloo-based Centre for International Governance Innovation. While final and more formal recommendations will come in a report later this […]

Get ready for auto tariffs, U.S. congressman warns

Jun 16 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t playing around — and Canada should brace itself for new tariffs on autos, U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer warned this week. “We have to take him at his word,” Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, told CBC Radio’s The House on Friday. Trump simultaneously withdrew his government’s approval of the G7 […]