National Newswatch

Poilievre accuses Liberals of leading the country into ‘financial crisis,’ vows to filibuster budget

Jun 7 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Conservative leader promises filibuster speech in House of Commons in effort to delay budget. As interest rates rose again Wednesday, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre vowed to tie up the House of Commons with a prolonged speech to prevent the government from passing a budget he says will drive Canada into “a full scale financial crisis.” […]

Parliament fiddles while Canada burns

Jun 7 2023 — Aaron Wherry — While smoke filled the air outside, the debate in the House was focused on metaphorical fires. The first crisis of Justin Trudeau’s time as prime minister was the wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alta. in May 2016. At the time, he felt it necessary to attach caveats when answering a question about whether climate change had […]

David Johnston says he never reached out to MP Han Dong before clearing him in foreign interference report

Jun 6 2023 — Catharine Tunney — While David Johnston’s first report into foreign interference disputed claims made about Independent MP Han Dong, the special rapporteur said Tuesday he never spoke to the Toronto-area MP in the course of his investigation. “We did not reach out to him,” the former governor general told CBC’s Power & Politics Tuesday after appearing before a […]

First Binance, now Coinbase: SEC accuses crypto trading platforms of being illegal

Jun 6 2023 — — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday sued Coinbase Inc., the largest U.S. crypto asset trading platform, accusing it of illegally operating without having first registered with the regulator. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the SEC said that at least since 2019, Coinbase has operated as an unregistered broker by handling […]

Minister says he was ‘shocked’ by serial killer Paul Bernardo’s prison transfer — but he can’t reverse it

Jun 5 2023 — — Marco Mendicino says his office cannot intervene in an ‘independent’ decision. Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says he was “shocked” by the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) decision to transfer serial killer Paul Bernardo to a medium-security prison — but he insists his office cannot overrule it. Mendicino told reporters Monday that he spoke […]

Inside the fundamentalist Christian movement that wants to remake Canadian politics

Jun 5 2023 — — Internal document reveals ambitions of anti-LGBTQ group that is part of populist movement. On a recent Sunday morning in Waterloo, Ont., pastor Jacob Reaume gripped a lectern and issued a warning to his congregation. “A Christless existence leads to the dark, hopeless abyss of death,” he told around 200 people at Trinity Bible Chapel, an […]

‘Appearance of bias’ undermines special rapporteur’s mission, Singh says

Jun 4 2023 — — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that despite special rapporteur David Johnston’s personal credibility, the appearance of bias in favour of the Liberal government is undermining the very work that he’s trying to accomplish. “I believe he’s a person that is very credible and has worked for the country in a way that is really honourable,” […]

Elections Canada should start overseeing party nominations, some politicians say

Jun 4 2023 — — Canada’s chief electoral officer is planning talks this fall with federal parties to discuss riding nomination races — which may have been targeted for manipulation on at least one occasion by Beijing. In his first report on foreign interference, former governor general David Johnston found “well-grounded suspicion” that the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of […]

Federal environment minister says Alberta and Ottawa can come to terms on climate policy

Jun 3 2023 — — Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault faces both a personal and political challenge as he seeks to push the government’s climate change agenda forward in the face of intense opposition from a newly re-elected Alberta government. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said she’s been “very frustrated by the posture” Guilbeault has taken toward her province. In her election […]

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