National Newswatch

Quebec media greet Trudeau’s brownface photos with outrage, indifference

Sep 19 2019 — — The early response in Quebec’s francophone media to photos of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing racist makeup has been a mix of opportunistic outrage and indifference. In Quebec City, last night’s Céline Dion concert was featured more prominently on the front pages of the local papers this morning. Le Nouvelliste, a tabloid that serves the […]

N.L. Liberal candidate calls Trudeau brownface ‘disrespectful’

Sep 19 2019 — — A Liberal Party candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador is among the voices criticizing Justin Trudeau’s decision to don brownface in 2001. St. John’s East incumbent Nick Whalen tweeted earlier this morning that he’d spoken with his children about photos of Trudeau in racist makeup published Wednesday. “Chatted with my kids … and kids immediately appreciate […]

Trudeau will take questions this afternoon following appearance of new blackface video

Sep 19 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will field media questions this afternoon following the emergence of photos and videos showing the Liberal leader in racist makeup. On Wednesday, Time Magazine dropped a bombshell story featuring a 2001 photo of Trudeau in brownface and a turban, taken at a gala at a private school where Trudeau taught 18 […]

Brownface photo challenges Trudeau to prove who he really is

Sep 19 2019 — Aaron Wherry — “Who is the real Mr. Trudeau?” The photo of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface at an event in 2001 had only just been published by Time magazine when Jagmeet Singh, upon finishing an event in Toronto, was asked for comment. And so the NDP leader, the first racialized Canadian ever to lead a federal party, was […]

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal not running in federal election

Sep 18 2019 — — Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal, who took a leave last year to deal with what he called a compulsive gambling problem, will not run in the upcoming federal election, CBC News has learned. The Brampton East MP, who now sits as an independent, says he is returning to his private legal practice in Brampton after […]

False online rumour claims RCMP chief is married to Bill Morneau’s cousin

Sep 18 2019 — — A rumour that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s husband is related to Finance Minister Bill Morneau was shared widely online over the past week. The rumour claims the supposed familial relationship is the reason the RCMP has not launched an official investigation into the Trudeau government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal. But it’s not true. Morneau […]

Conservatives say they’re not bothered by modest crowd sizes

Sep 18 2019 — Katie Simpson — Andrew Scheer’s people say they’re not troubled by the modest turnout of supporters at some of the Conservative leader’s public campaign events. In fact, they say it’s all part of the strategy. While that might sound counterintuitive, a senior Conservative source said the campaign would rather see its volunteers out knocking on doors and handing […]

NDP promises free dental care for households making under $70K starting in 2020

Sep 18 2019 — — The NDP is promising free dental care for households making under $70,000 starting next year if it wins a mandate in the federal election. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the announcement in Sudbury, Ont., Wednesday morning on Day 8 of the election campaign. The party says it would immediately implement a public dental care plan […]

Scientists sound alarm over Alberta’s new approach to tracking oilsands pollution

Sep 18 2019 — — The scientist who once oversaw the science division of an independent agency keeping tabs on the impact of industrial pollution in Alberta is leaving the province and speaking out about the politics that he says has come to permeate Alberta’s petroleum-based economy. Bill Donahue says he fears the quality and depth of environmental monitoring in […]

People’s Party candidate Steven Fletcher accused of taking voter data from Conservatives

Sep 18 2019 — — Re-purposed lawn signs are not the only thing People’s Party of Canada candidate, Steven Fletcher, is being accused of taking from his former party. The Conservative Electoral District Association of Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley alleges Fletcher, a four-time Conservative MP and former cabinet minister, took electronic voter data that belonged to them. CBC News has obtained a […]

Is Andrew Scheer ducking the Ontario premier?

Sep 18 2019 — Mark Gollom — Where’s Doug Ford? That was one of the more persistent questions hurled at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during his mini-tour through Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area in the early days of the federal election campaign. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier was absent from all of Scheer’s appearances, including his Ontario kickoff in Vaughan-Woodbridge and Etobicoke, […]