National Newswatch

Stoffer’s wife defends him amid accusations of sexual harassment

Feb 13 2018 — — Peter Stoffer’s wife is speaking out in defence of her husband, who’s been the subject of multiple sexual harassment accusations in recent days stemming from his tenure as a member of Parliament. “I have no concern about these allegations, many of which have been coming from unnamed people,” said Andrea Pottyondy Stoffer. “They are probably […]

Another harassment accusation against Stoffer

Feb 12 2018 — — Another woman is publicly accusing Peter Stoffer of sexual harassment while he served as a member of parliament. Ingrid Deon, 36, was a newly hired Nova Scotia NDP caucus staffer when, she said, Stoffer propositioned her after a fisheries-related community meeting at the Meteghan fire hall on March 8, 2007. Deon said she was approached […]

Another allegation against Stoffer surfaces

Feb 10 2018 — Andrea Gunn — Another woman has come forward with allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Peter Stoffer, adding to the mounting number of complaints about the former NDP MP. The woman, who didn’t want her name used, said Stoffer propositioned her in the early 2000s when she was a young staffer for the party. The woman told The Chronicle […]

Parties to blame for failing to properly vet candidates

Feb 5 2018 — Dan Leger — Let me offer some advice to every political party at every level in Ottawa and every province. Get to know yourselves before you make us do it for you, the hard way. This simple recommendation will save pain and embarrassment for all of us: candidates, parties and voters. Fewer candidates will resign in the middle […]

Wait, is Canada standing up to the Americans? The nerve!

Jan 29 2018 — Dan Leger — Goodness gracious, fellow Canadians, have we gone off script? Have we forgotten our designated role as the obsequious neighbour to mighty, indifferent America? Do we dare? Apparently we do dare, at least when it comes to trade. It finally has dawned on us that we can do better than spin on the end of the […]

Trump’s chaos spills across the border

Jan 15 2018 — Dan Leger — After brewing away quietly for months, the NAFTA file is fermenting into a serious problem, if not yet a foaming crisis, for the Trudeau Liberals. Last week, the Canadian dollar swooned along with the country’s stock indexes as reports emerged suggesting continuing trouble in the three-state trade talks. It was hard to know what was […]

PM, rivals exude ineptitude as amateur hour grips Ottawa

Jan 8 2018 — Dan Leger — Doesn’t anybody want to be prime minister around here? With a year and change before the start of the 2019 political season and the three starting pitchers picked, it’s like they’re all just going through the motions. Consider the recent perils of the formerly faultless prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Pick an escapade: the tone-deaf and […]

Tillerson’s Ottawa visit comes amid diplomatic dysfunction

Dec 18 2017 — Dan Leger — Spare a moment to consider the plight of that oppressed profession, the diplomats. Scoff if you must, but it’s tough being an international functionary in the troubled times in which we live. Oh sure, the diplomats still have their nice suits and dresses, which they wear to polite parties in elegant embassies. They get paid […]

Our age of lies demands citizens be more vigilant

Dec 4 2017 — Dan Leger — Is it just me, or is everyone finding it difficult lately to consume the news? And I don’t mean difficulties caused by the turmoil in the news business itself or by the war and violence that it covers. I’m talking about the feeling of living in the mad crossfire of facts, pseudo-facts and plain lies […]

Where’s the love for poor, beleaguered Alberta?

Nov 27 2017 — Dan Leger — Alberta is upset. It is put upon, dismayed, even piqued. Why? Despite all it does for Canada, Alberta is unloved. These days, Alberta seems cheesed at almost everyone, not just pipeline-blocking Quebec. What have the Maritimes and Ontario done lately for Alberta? B.C. isn’t helping much. And don’t even mention Ottawa. Alberta is special. Its […]

BP Canada applies to drill off N.S.

Nov 27 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Environmental groups are expressing concern about proposed exploratory drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia and the impact it could have on ecosystems. BP Canada has applied to drill up to seven exploration wells within its current offshore exploration licences, located between 230 and 370 kilometres southeast of Halifax between 2018 and 2022. The government […]

A year later, Trump election produces regret, blind loyalty

Nov 6 2017 — Dan Leger — There ought to be a law stipulating that disputation between contesting parties in an election may continue for a post-election period not exceeding 12 months. After that, the winner must knock it off, accept responsibility and run the province/state/country. Wednesday is the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory and a reminder why such a law […]