National Newswatch

Why are politicians still terrified of taxing Netflix?

May 16 2019 — Chris Hall — Stephen Harper made it next to impossible heading into the 2015 election for any political party to propose a tax on Netflix, Google and other foreign online services. But two provinces are now charging sales tax on those foreign media companies, suggesting that at least some politicians now see the economic benefits outweighing the political […]

Voters are opting for change at a rapid clip — and that’s bad news for Justin Trudeau

May 16 2019 — Eric Grenier — Not since the Great Depression disrupted sitting governments across the country has any prime minister presided over a period of such sweeping political turnover as Justin Trudeau has ahead of October’s federal election. Another government could be added to the tally if Dwight Ball’s Liberals fail to secure re-election in today’s vote in Newfoundland and […]

Canola growers caught in middle as Canada-China relations sour

May 15 2019 — — Toban Dyck picked the right crops this year — by accident. Instead of seeding canola, the Winkler, Man., farmer is seeding wheat and soybeans. The pick was purely coincidental — he didn’t know when he bought his seed in the fall that a dispute with China would mean big problems for Canadian canola producers. “Often […]

Phoenix cost soars by another $137M, paid to IBM

May 15 2019 — — The federal government continues to pay millions of dollars more than expected to IBM to run the troubled Phoenix pay system, despite its many problems. Since the start of 2019, the company has received at least another $137 million, according to the federal government’s online procurement site Buy and Sell, under a new agreement that […]

5 provinces have changed governments in past year. N.L. could be next

May 15 2019 — — Changing governments has been all the rage for the past year, with every provincial election since June — all five of them — seeing the incumbents put out of power. On Thursday, Newfoundland and Labrador will decide whether to give Liberal Dwight Ball a second term — or gamble on Progressive Conservative Ches Crosbie, a […]

Trudeau set to sign New Zealand PM’s pledge to tackle violent, extremist online content

May 14 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to sign an international pledge in Paris Wednesday aimed at getting governments and social media companies working together to curb the spread of violent and extremist content online. Trudeau is attending the Christchurch Call meeting in Paris tomorrow. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is co-chairing the meeting […]

Jagmeet Singh won’t say whether he supports B.C. LNG development

May 14 2019 — — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh would not say today whether he supports liquefied natural gas development in B.C. during an interview with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics. Host Vassy Kapelos asked Singh several times whether he supported the $40 billion LNG project in northern B.C., after he repeatedly told reporters on Monday that the future […]

Ontario Liberal MPs want to run on economy rather than environment in October

May 14 2019 — Katie Simpson — Ontario Liberal MPs would rather spend time talking about Canadians’ economic anxieties instead of environmental issues during the fall federal election campaign, according to a caucus document obtained by CBC News. A ranked list of Ontario Liberal caucus priorities for the 2019 platform places personal financial security issues first, with environmental concerns relegated to seventh […]

Commons apologizes to Mark Norman as opposition MPs press for committee probe

May 14 2019 — Murray Brewster — The House of Commons voted unanimously today to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his legal ordeal, just days before opposition MPs are expected to push for a full-blown House of Commons committee investigation into the handling of the controversial criminal case. Conservative MP Lisa Raitt proposed the motion, which saw the Commons recognize Norman […]

Ottawa braced for Russian retaliation after barring state media from Lima Group talks

May 14 2019 — Evan Dyer — Canadian officials decided on short notice to deny accreditation to all Russian and Venezuelan state media outlets planning to attend an international conference in Ottawa this winter — even though they knew the action likely would provoke retaliation against Canadian media. “We can expect reciprocal action against Canadian media in Russia,” Alison Grant, Global Affairs […]