National Newswatch

Conservative MP cancels Baroness Cox event in wake of New Zealand attack

Mar 15 2019 — Catharine Tunney — A Conservative MP has cancelled an event with a keynote speaker accused of sympathizing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of mosque shootings in New Zealand which left at least 49 people dead. As CTV first reported, Conservatives MPs Garnett Genuis and Kelly Block were already facing criticism for hosting Baroness Caroline Cox, […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Monday: sources

Mar 15 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet for the third time in three months on Monday, CBC News has learned — filling the gap left by the dramatic departure of Jane Philpott last month over the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Three government sources — speaking to CBC News on the condition of […]

Randy Hillier expelled from Ontario PC caucus

Mar 15 2019 — — Randy Hillier, the MPP for Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston, has been expelled from the Ontario PC Party’s caucus. Hillier was originally suspended from caucus for allegedly saying “yada, yada, yada” to a parent of a child with autism after a tense question period on Feb. 20. A caucus meeting on March 5 ended with no decision being made […]

RCMP take over investigation of UCP ‘irregular financial contribution’ allegations

Mar 15 2019 — — Alberta’s Office of the Election Commissioner has turned over to the RCMP its investigation into allegations of irregular political contributions involving the so-called “kamikaze” campaign of United Conservative Party leadership contender Jeff Callaway. “Our inquiries into your complaint have identified potential violations that fall outside of the jurisdiction of our office and, as a result, […]

Doug Ford’s government is a government of grifters

Mar 15 2019 — Robyn Urback — Doug Ford’s government is a government of grifters. It claims to be a truck-stop government: “For The People,” and other nonsense. That’s while holding $1,600-per-plate fundraisers — known as “cash-for-access” fundraisers back when the Liberals were doing it — after gutting the law that the previous administration put in place to stop wealthy stakeholders from […]

SNC-Lavalin approached Quebec’s justice minister about DPA as part of wider effort to lobby government

Mar 14 2019 — — SNC-Lavalin approached Quebec’s attorney-general last fall to enlist her help securing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) from the federal government. This was part of a broader effort by the company to get the newly elected Coalition Avenir Québec government to take up its cause with Ottawa. The senior executive in charge of SNC-Lavalin’s lobbying strategy, […]

Budget 2019 will create ‘lifelong learning’ accounts: sources

Mar 14 2019 — David Cochrane — The federal government will establish personalized accounts to help Canadians pay for lifelong learning and skills development in next week’s budget, CBC News has learned. The specific details of the program weren’t shared with CBC, but two government sources say the government’s plan is modelled on a similar program in Singapore. The Singapore SkillsFuture program […]

Liberal MP who led committee shutdown denies coverup, says it’s time for ‘shift’ in SNC-Lavalin debate

Mar 14 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal MP who triggered the sudden adjournment of an emergency meeting of the Commons justice committee Wednesday insists there’s been no attempt by the government to cover up the SNC-Lavalin affair, and says it’s time to turn the page on the controversy. Francis Drouin suggested the opposition Conservative and NDP members were playing politics […]

Canada lobbying American administration as pipeline delays mount

Mar 14 2019 — Kyle Bakx — Canada’s natural resources minister wants his American counterpart to step up and help on stalled pipelines, calling the long-delayed Keystone XL project “very important” to both countries. Amarjeet Sohi met with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on Wednesday in Houston at the CERAWeek energy conference. The focus was on TransCanada’s Keystone XL project and […]

Opposition is a caricature, and Scheer is a humid performer

Mar 14 2019 — Neil Macdonald — Back in December, NDP MP Charlie Angus approvingly retweeted a Christmas wish on Twitter calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fire then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. “The Justice file has been completely bungled” quoted Angus, who accused Wilson-Raybould of all sorts of malevolence. But of course that was then. To hear Angus tell it now, […]