National Newswatch

Halifax house fire kills 7 children of refugee family

Feb 19 2019 — — A house fire in the Halifax community of Spryfield has left seven children dead, police say. CBC News has confirmed a family with seven children who came to Canada as Syrian refugees lived in the home. Danielle Burt lives next door on on Quartz Drive and said she heard a loud noise in the middle […]

Gerald Butts was done in, at least partially, by the ethos of identity politics

Feb 19 2019 — Neil Macdonald — A good headline, like Varsol, cuts through the grease and varnish applied to any story by political or corporate message-crafters. So, my suggestion for the big political headline of the day: “Nothing Happened, So I’m Quitting” — Gerald Butts Now, Gerry Butts — until Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary — is a smart […]

‘Canadians deserve answers’: Opposition to press on with parliamentary probe after Gerald Butts resignation

Feb 19 2019 — John Paul Tasker — A day after the bombshell departure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest adviser, the SNC-Lavalin affair shows no sign of abating as the opposition parties cast his resignation as a sign there may be more to the scandal than initially thought. The House of Commons justice committee will reconvene today to continue its study of […]

Canada’s NAFTA fears began before Trump became president

Feb 18 2019 — Elise von Scheel — No matter who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Canada was bracing for NAFTA to go down in flames. Internal documents, obtained by CBC News under access-to-information law, show the government started plotting out various “Plan B” options as early as August 2016 — months before Donald Trump was elected president.

Ontario’s new autism program a ‘pittance’ for all, say angry parents

Feb 17 2019 — — Parents and supporters of the autism community rallied outside of PC MPP Jeff Yurek’s office in St. Thomas, Ont. on Thursday evening. They gathered to protest the government’s new Ontario Autism Program. Among them were Londoners Dan and Annette McLean. In early 2016, their three-year-old Blake was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe nonverbal autism.

Banning Huawei from Canada’s 5G networks could be costly for taxpayers

Feb 17 2019 — Janyce McGregor — As the Trudeau government decides whether to join its security and trading partners in banning Huawei Canada from supplying technology to build Canada’s 5G wireless network, it risks an expensive lawsuit under the terms of a foreign investor protection agreement signed by its predecessor. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government concluded negotiations on the Canada–China Agreement for […]

PR firm suspends ties with Gordon Campbell pending U.K. sexual assault investigation

Feb 16 2019 — — Public relations firm Edelman says it’s suspending its consulting arrangement with former B.C. premier and former high commissioner to the U.K. Gordon Campbell pending a British police investigation. The firm says it hired Campbell on a retainer as a part-time consultant in July 2018. “In light of the recent allegations, Edelman and Mr. Campbell have […]

The 9 faces at the centre of the Jody Wilson-Raybould, PMO affair

Feb 15 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — This week, the House of Commons justice and human rights committee held an emergency meeting to probe allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office applied pressure to the minister of justice to help the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution in a bribery case. During that meeting, Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs sparred over which […]

Inside SNC-Lavalin’s long lobbying campaign to change the sentencing rules

Feb 14 2019 — David Cochrane — Justin Trudeau’s government was just four months old when SNC-Lavalin came knocking on the door, looking for help. The stakes for the global construction and engineering firm were enormous. In 2015, federal prosecutors charged SNC-Lavalin with offering Libyan government officials $48 million in bribes and defrauding Libyan organizations of another $130 million.

N.W.T. Liberal MP laments loss of Wilson-Raybould from cabinet

Feb 14 2019 — — The Liberal MP of the Northwest Territories says he’s “disappointed” Canada lost Indigenous cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, after she resigned from her post as veterans affairs minister earlier this week. “Now we have no one on cabinet that’s Indigenous,” he said. McLeod joins a chorus of Indigenous politicians voicing concerns after Wilson-Raybould quit cabinet on […]

Indigenous senators praise Wilson-Raybould’s ‘integrity,’ say her resignation leaves ‘questions’

Feb 14 2019 — John Paul Tasker — A group of Indigenous senators — most of them appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, — issued a statement today praising the “integrity” of Jody Wilson-Raybould and saying her sudden departure from cabinet leaves “many questions and concerns.” “The resignation … this week has led to a national conversation leaving many questions and concerns from […]