National Newswatch

18-year-old with terminal cancer who urged Canadians to vote dies

Nov 17 2019 — — An 18-year-old Winnipeg woman who made a viral video urging people to vote in October’s federal election has died. In early October, Maddison Yetman was diagnosed with an advanced form of sarcoma and told she had between a few days and a few weeks to live. But she didn’t let that stand in the way […]

The mind-bending puzzle that is crafting the federal cabinet

Nov 17 2019 — Vassy Kapelos — It’s here, it’s finally here. Celine Dion in concert! I’m kidding. Well, I am very excited for Celine live, but I’m also very excited for this week’s cabinet swearing in. On Wednesday the prime minister will announce who he’s picked to sit around the table with and decide the future direction of our country. With […]

Despite Pierre Trudeau’s flaws, give him the credit he deserves on national unity

Nov 17 2019 — Wyatt James Schierman — “He haunts us still.” Veteran political writers Christina McCall and Stephen Clarkson began their seminal biography entitled, Trudeau and Our Times: The Magnificent Obsession, using these words. The book was first published in 1990, many years after Pierre Trudeau’s formal retirement from politics. Nonetheless, the authors argue persuasively that the man still looms large in […]

Undercover Mountie tried to blame theft on disability

Nov 17 2019 — — An undercover Mountie who was caught stealing and then tried to blame the episode on a disability has had her grievance denied. The details of the case are included in the recent tranche of appeals heard by the RCMP’s disciplinary review body. According to a summary of the undated case, the officer was arrested and […]

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney might be bilingual but he needs to learn a new language

Nov 16 2019 — Graham Thomson — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney might speak fluent French but he is having difficulty understanding the province of Quebec. And Quebec doesn’t understand Alberta. The two, however, certainly know how to insult each other. Kenney and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet have been trading barbs in both official languages this week. It all started with Kenney’s […]

‘A tissue paper shield’: Expert slams Canadian protections for whistleblowers

Nov 16 2019 — Elise von Scheel — Canada’s weak whistleblower laws leave informants exposed to retribution and it’s time to bolster protections before a crisis hits, says a U.S. expert. “The current law is a fraud. It’s consistently the object of ridicule globally among all the international whistleblower organizations,” Tom Devine, the legal director of the Government Accountability Project, said in an […]

Fixing equalization will not be easy, but there are other options, say experts

Nov 16 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — As the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to demand a better deal within the federation, all eyes are beginning to focus on the controversial government equalization program. It was crafted to help poorer provinces deliver the same level of government services as richer ones, but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe […]

Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM

Nov 15 2019 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister. The idea has been discussed behind closed doors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. However, sources close to Freeland say she enjoys […]

Alberta inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan donated to justice minister’s leadership campaign

Nov 15 2019 — — The commissioner for Alberta’s public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on the oil industry made a $1,000 donation to the United Conservative Party leadership campaign of Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. The $1,000 cash donation in 2017 by Steve Allan, using his legal first name, Jackson Allan, serves as further evidence to an environmental charity […]

The cost of the Senate has soared in the last five years

Nov 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The cost to run the Senate of Canada has increased by more than a third over the last five years as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reform agenda has led, in part, to increased expenditures in the upper house. CBC News has reviewed the Senate’s spending over the last six years. Before Trudeau’s first election, in […]

There’s another new faction in the Senate: the Progressive Senate Group

Nov 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — The Independent Liberal Senate caucus is disbanding today and all of its members are about to join a new entity called the Progressive Senate Group as the reorganization of Canada’s upper house continues apace. Dismantling the Liberal caucus in the chamber means the upper house will be left without a sitting Liberal senator for the […]