National Newswatch

‘It’s a mess’: Pot shop owners say Alberta is running out of weed

Oct 21 2018 — — After four days of lineups at pot shops across Alberta, some store owners say there’s not enough weed left to keep their doors open and they’re struggling to order more. In the meanwhile, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission has granted 14 more retail cannabis store licenses since Wednesday, bringing the total number to […]

Leonard Krog will resign provincial seat after being elected mayor of Nanaimo

Oct 21 2018 — — NDP MLA Leonard Krog has been elected the mayor of Nanaimo, triggering a provincial byelection that could shift the balance of power in the legislature. Krog won nearly 73 per cent of the vote. He defeated Don Hubbard by more than 13,000 votes. “The numbers are living proof that [people] did want me to run,” […]

Team from Mexico’s incoming government heading to Ottawa Monday

Oct 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Members of the incoming Mexican government’s cabinet are heading to Ottawa early next week, as Canada tries to move the bilateral relationship “beyond the NAFTA talks,” says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Ministers with the National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, will be visiting Ottawa on Monday. The party, led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will […]

Northern food security program has ‘lost its way,’ says LeBlanc

Oct 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising changes to the federal government’s northern food security subsidy program in the coming weeks, acknowledging that Nutrition North has “lost its way.” Nutrition North, launched in 2011, provides subsidies on shipping to retailers on a list of products the government deems to be nutritious or […]

‘They’re wrong’: Freeland rejects claim USMCA ties Canada’s hands on trade

Oct 20 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that anyone who thinks the new trilateral North American trade agreement limits Canada’s trade sovereignty is misguided. Freeland told Chris Hall, host of CBC Radio’s The House, that the section of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that lays out the rules for making pacts with “non-market” countries won’t limit Canada’s […]

UCP raised $500K more than NDP in last quarter, figures show

Oct 19 2018 — — The United Conservative Party continues to win Alberta’s political fundraising sweepstakes, outperforming the governing NDP by about $500,000 in the last reporting period. Figures from Elections Alberta show the UCP raised $1,175,812 in the third quarter of 2018 — the period from July 1 to Sept. 30. The party’s year-to-date fundraising total sits at $2.7 […]

Lockheed Martin selected as preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships

Oct 19 2018 — — A group of companies led by multinational defence giant Lockheed Martin has been selected as the preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships, the Liberal government said Friday. The announcement represents a significant step forward for the long-anticipated $60 billion program to replace the navy’s aging fleet of frigates. “The Canadian Surface Combatant project […]

Actual change won’t come to the Catholic Church unless or until a courageous pope arrives first

Oct 19 2018 — Michael Coren — Pope Francis has the most extraordinary ability to say the wrong things, often at the most sensitive times. Last Friday, he accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl — a controversial figure accused of doing too little to prevent, and perhaps even deliberately covering, up hideous sexual abuse cases. Beyond simply […]

MPs committee calling on Morneau to boost deduction for capital investments

Oct 19 2018 — Chris Hall — Wayne Easter answered the phone in the middle of a quick lunch. The chair of the Commons finance committee was in Winnipeg yesterday with other committee members, listening to submissions on what should be in the next federal budget. Wherever they stop, Easter said, the message heard by committee members is pretty much the same: […]

‘She’s way out of her league’: Steel exec slams Freeland’s handling of tariff fight

Oct 19 2018 — Katie Simpson — A prominent Canadian steel executive told MPs this week that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland​’s “ego” is getting in the way of ending American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Barry Zekelman, the chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries, delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of how the Liberal government is handling the tariff fight with […]