National Newswatch

Canada’s Serwa and Phelan win gold, silver in women’s ski cross

Feb 22 2018 — — Canadian women have finished 1-2 in ski cross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earning silver. The two medals gives Canada 26 for these Games, matching the country’s best Winter Olympic showing achieved eight years ago in Vancouver. Serwa’s gold is the […]

Rogue Indian political elements may be trying to make Canada look weak on Sikh extremism: source

Feb 22 2018 — — A senior government official with knowledge of the prime minister’s security protocols is suggesting rogue political elements in India may have orchestrated the embarrassing invitation of a would-be political assassin to a formal dinner with Justin Trudeau in an attempt to make the Canadian government appear sympathetic to Sikh extremism. The official said questions should […]

Federal budget to spend up to $1 billion on cybersecurity

Feb 22 2018 — Murray Brewster — Next week’s federal budget is expected to make a significant investment in building up Canada’s cyber defences and encouraging tech firms and talented programmers to work with the federal government, CBC News has learned. Several government sources say up to $1 billion has been requested by federal departments to address a growing number of cybersecurity […]

Patrick Brown slams integrity complaint as ‘entirely fictional’

Feb 22 2018 — — Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown is lashing out at claims he breached the legislature’s ethics rules, calling the complaint against him “imaginary” and “make-believe.” Brown rejected allegations that he received income and lavish gifts and conducted business deals without disclosing them to Ontario’s integrity commissioner as required by provincial law covering MPPs.

Invitation to attempted murderer throws cloud over Trudeau’s India visit

Feb 22 2018 — David Cochrane — It was clear early on Thursday that Justin Trudeau’s Indian agenda had been derailed. While posing for a photo at a Mosque in Old Delhi, an Indian television reporter shouted to the Canadian prime minister, “Mister Trudeau … why did you invite a Khalistani terrorist for a reception?” It got worse from there. The Canadian […]

‘I hear you’: Trump brought speaking notes to meeting with school shooting survivors

Feb 22 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump largely listened during a meeting at the White House with teen survivors of school violence and parents of child victims Wednesday, but an enterprising photographer captured the handwritten talking points he brought to the meeting. Carolyn Kaster of The Associated Press managed to snap several pictures of Trump’s poorly concealed notes, […]

Congratulations on Patrick Brown’s candidacy, Kathleen Wynne

Feb 22 2018 — Robyn Urback — Patrick Brown is doing this for you, Ontario. This is not about clearing his name — though he has said he’s on a mission to clear his name. This is not about exacting revenge on his enemies — but don’t forget that a small group of insiders is trying to derail him and his campaign. […]

How Trudeau’s India trip lays the groundwork for the 2019 election

Feb 22 2018 — Eric Grenier — Even when you’re 12,000 kilometres away and on another continent, politics remains local. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s week-long trip to India is ostensibly about foreign policy and international trade, it also might be about shoring up his party’s support with Indo-Canadians — a constituency that helped the Liberals win a majority government in 2015 […]

Karina Gould wants to save democracy from fake news. How?

Feb 22 2018 — Aaron Wherry — In the aftermath of the 2016 American presidential election, Western democracies awoke to an uncontrolled and potentially dangerous world of political disinformation, targeted ads, bots and foreign interference. How Justin Trudeau’s government intends to respond to this new reality before the 2019 federal election should become clearer this spring. “My hope is that over the […]

B.C. to hold public state memorial service for former premier Dave Barrett

Feb 21 2018 — — The life of former B.C. premier Dave Barrett will be honoured with a public state memorial service in Victoria on Saturday, March 3. Barrett, who led the province’s first New Democratic Party government, died on Feb. 2 at the age of 87. The service will be held at the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of […]

Convicted attempted murderer invited to formal dinner with Trudeau in India

Feb 21 2018 — Terry Milewski — Jaspal Atwal, a convicted former member of an illegal Sikh separatist group, was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi. The invitation, which was extended by Canada’s High Commissioner to India, is being rescinded after CBC News asked the Prime Minister’s […]

Patrick Brown cleared to run for Ontario PC leadership, source says

Feb 21 2018 — — Patrick Brown has been cleared to run for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, a job he previously held, a source told CBC Toronto Wednesday afternoon. Brown’s registration in the leadership race has ignited a fractious internal battle between his grassroots supporters, caucus allies and the party’s top brass. The public squabble fuelled speculation […]

NDP budget gets exclamation marks for spending and question marks for future revenue

Feb 21 2018 — — For months, when asked question after question about their election pledges, John Horgan and the B.C. government would respond, “wait for the budget.” They weren’t kidding. There is spending on new housing: $181 million next year. On childcare: $182 million next year. On health care and education: $127 million. There were promises kept on B.C. […]

Watchdog says Quebec judge should be fired after cocaine use inquiry

Feb 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — A judicial watchdog says a Quebec Superior court judge accused of buying cocaine should be tossed from bench for misleading an inquiry into his conduct. In a report issued to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould today, a majority of the 23-member Canadian Judicial Council found Michel Girouard guilty of misconduct for misleading an inquiry into the […]