National Newswatch

Diplomats warned federal government about getting too tight with China, committee hears

Feb 26 2020 — Evan Dyer — Global Affairs briefing papers released by a House of Commons committee show that Canada’s professional foreign service has been warning politicians that it’s dangerous for Ottawa to get too close to China. Seven documents were released by a Commons committee on Canada-China relations that was formed in January after opposition parties united to outvote the […]

Now that Teck Frontier is dead, is there a future for Canada’s oilsands?

Feb 26 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Alberta’s oilpatch was dealt another devastating blow this week with Teck Resources’ decision to pull the plug on its Frontier oilsands mining project — a move that has some analysts wondering whether the sector has a future in the long term. Beyond Teck, all the major oilsands players have cancelled projects, indefinitely delayed final decisions […]

MacKay says he won’t repeal legalization of recreational cannabis if he’s elected prime minister

Feb 25 2020 — Peter Zimonjic and Vassy Kapelos — MacKay says he would allow MPs to introduce legislation restricting abortion but would vote against it. Conservative leadership candidate Peter MacKay said today that he won’t repeal the legalization of recreational cannabis use if he becomes prime minister. “No, I would not reverse it, but I am very concerned about the impacts on mental health, […]

FBI raids New York offices of Peter Nygard

Feb 25 2020 — — The FBI raided the New York offices of Canadian fashion executive Peter Nygard Tuesday morning. An FBI spokesperson would not confirm any other details but did confirm they conducted the search. Ten women have filed a civil class-action lawsuit against Nygard, whose fashion company is based in Winnipeg, accusing the clothing manufacturer of raping them […]

CN, CP trains sharing rail lines to keep supplying Canada during blockades

Feb 25 2020 — — Quiet talks brokered by a government desperate to stop a growing economic threat led to two rail rivals coming together with a workaround to bypass the Tyendinaga blockade site. Since last week, Canada’s two largest railways — CN and Canadian Pacific — have been quietly sharing their rail lines to transport essential supplies to communities […]

OPP arrest 10 demonstrators at Tyendinaga blockade site, charges pending

Feb 24 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Ten protesters have been charged by Ontario Provincial Police officers who moved against the rail blockade near Belleville, Ont. this morning — where protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga have crippled passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks in solidarity with anti-pipeline protests in northern B.C. Police and CN Rail had warned […]

Federal carbon pricing law unconstitutional, Alberta Court of Appeal rules

Feb 24 2020 — — In a 4-1 decision, the Court of Appeal of Alberta has found the the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to be unconstitutional as it poses unlimited intrusion on provincial jurisdiction. The appeal court decision, released Monday, rejects Ottawa’s argument that regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is an issue of national concern, citing the […]

Dozens of People’s Party riding associations deregistered

Feb 24 2020 — Eric Grenier — Dozens of electoral district associations affiliated with the People’s Party of Canada have been deregistered by Elections Canada for failing to meet their reporting requirements, just months after the party contested its first general election. The PPC captured just 1.6 per cent of the overall vote in the October election and elected not a single […]

Trudeau’s ‘weakness and fear’ over blockades, Teck mine driving away investment, says Scheer

Feb 24 2020 — Peter Zimonjic — Jason Kenney says Liberal government lacks ‘courage to defend the interests of Canadians.’ Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer today accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of driving away energy sector investment, saying his “weakness and fear” in dealing with opponents of oilsands development killed the Teck Frontier project “through delay and by constantly moving the goalposts.” […]

Doug Ford hints at his re-election strategy for 2022

Feb 24 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is offering a glimpse of his strategy for winning a second term in office, more two years before the next election. In a speech to Progressive Conservative party members in Niagara Falls this weekend, Ford reeled off figures about the health of Ontario’s economy and went on the political offensive — […]

Tyendinaga Mohawks remain at camps despite OPP warning to clear out

Feb 23 2020 — — Protestors who’ve set up a camp in Tyendinaga, Ont., near one of Canadian busiest rail corridors were still on the scene early Monday despite a warning from police to clear the area by midnight Sunday. The warning was delivered by Ontario Provincial Police and CN Rail on Sunday to the Mohawks at the camp. Police […]

Last-minute negotiations settle a First Nation’s concerns over the Teck Frontier oilsands mine

Feb 23 2020 — — The Alberta government has resolved a First Nation’s concerns over the Teck Frontier mine, eliminating one obstacle that could have blocked the project’s approval. The provincial government and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) reached an agreement over the weekend after a bitter public dispute between the two parties. The down-to-the-wire negotiations ended ahead of […]

‘Stop looking for the Messiah’: Preston Manning on the future of the Conservative Party

Feb 23 2020 — — Thursday marks the last day politicians will be able to enter the Conservative leadership race. So far, four candidates are in the running: Peter MacKay, Marilyn Gladu, Leslyn Lewis, and Erin O’Toole. The leadership contest comes at a pivotal time for Conservatives. The party is rebuilding, after last fall’s election. Conservatives dominated in Western Canada, […]