National Newswatch

Trudeau’s refreshed cabinet meets in Quebec amid economic uncertainty, China tensions

Jan 17 2019 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his revamped cabinet met in Sherbrooke, Que., on Wednesday, the start of a three-day retreat to deal with pressing economic, environmental and international issues while setting the Liberals on course for this year’s federal election. Economic uncertainty, a contentious carbon tax, stalled pipelines and a need to diversify trade partners […]

Jagmeet Singh vows he’ll lead NDP into 2019 election

Jan 16 2019 — — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh vows he will lead the NDP into the 2019 federal election as he heads into next month’s crucial byelection in B.C. In an interview to air Sunday on The National, Rosemary Barton asks Singh what he will do if he loses the Feb. 25 contest for the vacant Burnaby South seat.

Federal Conservatives ask Parliament to investigate immigration vetting after CBC report

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Opposition Conservatives are asking Parliament to examine Canada’s security screening process following two CBC investigations that pointed to flaws in system. “Recently, there have been a number of concerning incidents that have shown clear gaps in our immigration screening system,” Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, the immigration, refugees, and citizenship critic, said in a statement. […]

Business group wants National Shipbuilding Strategy reopened for Quebec shipyard

Jan 16 2019 — Murray Brewster — A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy. The group is demanding the federal government include the Davie shipyard, in Levis, Que., in the policy and plans to make it a […]

Person of ‘national security concern’ was accidentally granted permanent residency

Jan 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A person of “national security concern” was granted permanent residency “due to a series of failures” by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. In light of the incident both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister’s office is calling a “completely unacceptable” mistake. The changes were outlined in a […]

Rival bidder playing role in LeBreton mediation

Jan 15 2019 — — Rival bidder Devcore Canderel DLS (DCDLS) is taking part in mediation talks aimed at salvaging RendezVous LeBreton Group’s faltering plan to redevelop LeBreton Flats, CBC News has learned. RendezVous, a partnership between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Trinity Development’s John Ruddy, is attempting to repair a serious — and very public — rift involving […]

After crushing Brexit deal defeat, Theresa May faces non-confidence vote

Jan 15 2019 — — Lawmakers in the U.K. have dealt a crushing defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, setting the stage for a non-confidence vote tomorrow in the British Parliament. Tuesday’s vote was 432 to 202 — the biggest government defeat in the House of Commons in almost a century — and was followed minutes later by […]

GM bringing high-tech expansion to southwestern Ontario, premier Ford says

Jan 15 2019 — — The closure of the General Motors plant in Oshawa may signal the end of company’s expansion in Ontario — but according to premier Doug Ford, that’s not the case. In fact, he says the opposite is true. “What I got out of General Motors is they’re going to be growing here in Ontario, which is […]

Theresa May’s Brexit plan to go before lawmakers in critical vote

Jan 15 2019 — — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crucial test on Tuesday as lawmakers in Parliament vote on her deeply contentious Brexit plan. On Monday, the embattled prime minister urged MPs to take a “second look” at the deal her team brokered with the European Union. “No it is not perfect. And yes it is a […]

Why the Liberals can’t afford to ignore rural Canada

Jan 15 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Trudeau government created a new ministerial portfolio in Monday’s federal cabinet shuffle. That suggests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau felt his government had a blindspot heading into October’s federal election: a lack of focus on rural Canadians. Scott Brison’s decision to leave the Liberal cabinet and retire from politics prompted Monday’s shuffle and left a […]