National Newswatch

‘That’s not how we do things in Canada’: Trudeau stops short of calling Trump’s tweets ‘racist’

Jul 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today denounced tweets sent by U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend that told a series of first-term congresswomen of diverse ethnic backgrounds to “go back” to their countries of origin rather than tell U.S. politicians how America should be governed. Trump’s tweets on Sunday ignited a political firestorm in the […]

New air passenger protections kick in today

Jul 15 2019 — — Airline passengers have new rights starting today, as rules from the Canada Transportation Agency that have prompted backlash from industry and consumer advocates kick in. The Air Passenger Protection Regulations require airlines to meet certain obligations, including clear communication to passengers about their rights and timely updates for delays or cancellations. Passengers will also be […]

Trudeau says he thinks Liberals will pick up seats in Alberta

Jul 13 2019 — Elise von Scheel — With only 100 days left until the election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau likes his chances of picking up seats in Alberta. “We are going to, not just bring back our MPs, but bring back more MPs to Ottawa,” he told a crowd of supporters in Calgary on Saturday. The Liberals only have three seats in […]

National Police Federation wins right to represent Mounties in collective bargaining

Jul 12 2019 — — In a massive step toward unionizing for the first time in the force’s history, RCMP members voted overwhelmingly to certify the National Police Federation as their new bargaining agent. The National Police Federation (NPF) filed an application for certification at the Federal Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) in April 2018. FPSLREB documents […]

Trudeau defends anti-pipeline Liberal candidate, reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain

Jul 12 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today defended recruiting a known anti-pipeline campaigner to run for the Liberal Party in Quebec, saying there’s room for ideological diversity in the party’s ranks. Liberals in the Montreal-area riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie nominated Steven Guilbeault — a household name in Quebec, where he is known for his environmental work and ardent […]

Serial killer named as suspect in murder at centre of N.S. wrongful conviction case

Jul 12 2019 — — Newly released documents related to the Glen Assoun wrongful conviction case appear to point to serial killer Newly released documents point to serial killer Michael Wayne McGray as another potential suspect in the murder of Brenda Way — a crime that another man, Glen Assoun, was found to be wrongfully convicted of committing.

Conservatives ask CSIS to investigate John McCallum’s comments

Jul 12 2019 — — The Conservative Party is asking Canada’s spy agency to investigate whether recent comments from Ottawa’s former ambassador to China pose a threat to the upcoming fall election. John McCallum, who was fired as ambassador in January amid mounting tension between Canada and China, said in a recent interview he has warned former contacts in China’s […]

Bombardier job cuts raise questions on impact of Buy America Act

Jul 12 2019 — Mark Gollom — While Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the federal Liberal government were busy this week blaming each other for the financial woes of Bombardier, the company itself pointed its finger at another culprit. In a news release confirming it would be terminating 550 employees from its Thunder Bay, Ont., plant, the aerospace company claimed one of […]

Ministers, MPs targeted by Facebook Messenger impersonation scam

Jul 12 2019 — Emily Haws — With only a few months to go until the federal election, at least three federal cabinet ministers and multiple other members of Parliament have seen their Facebook Messenger accounts mimicked by people offering to dole out government grants. Accounts associated with Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and […]

37 hurt, 9 seriously, on Air Canada flight hit by turbulence

Jul 11 2019 — — An Air Canada plane on a flight from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia, after travelling from Toronto, encountered sudden and severe turbulence Thursday, leaving more than three dozen people with injuries, the airline said. Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu’s international airport around 6:46 a.m. local time, where medical staff were on standby to examine the […]

Trudeau calls Ford government cuts to Ontario’s education system ‘frightening’

Jul 11 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the provincial Progressive Conservative government’s cuts to Ontario’s education system are “frightening” — and he worries they could undermine the quality of the education his three kids receive at an Ottawa-area public school. Speaking at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s annual general meeting in Ottawa, Trudeau took aim at changes […]