National Newswatch

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]

Trudeau condemns appointment of Mugabe as WHO ambassador

Oct 21 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s appointment as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization “unacceptable,” joining a chorus of widespread condemnation. The United States and a host of other countries, health and human rights leaders have criticized the appointment of Mugabe who has been long been accused […]

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh resigns seat in Ontario legislature

Oct 20 2017 — — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has resigned his seat in Ontario’s legislature. Singh, 38, had served as a member of provincial parliament since 2011, representing the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton. He was elected leader of the federal New Democrats on Oct. 1 and became the first visible minority to claim the leadership of a federal party. […]

Toronto stock market advances, while loonie falls two-thirds of a cent

Oct 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Major North American indices made gains today, with those in New York setting record highs, as investors felt confident about the economy and politics. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 39.22 points to 15,857.22.  In New York, all three indices reached new highs. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165.59 points to 23,328.63. The S&P 500 index advanced 13.11 points to 2,575.21 and the […]

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

Oct 20 2017 — — Ontario’s premier says she is taking another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader. Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown retract comments suggesting the premier is personally on trial. That letter came minutes before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in […]

PM briefs premiers on NAFTA developments, as more ministers bound for U.S.

Oct 20 2017 — — As negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, the Trudeau government is expecting premiers and federal cabinet ministers to fan out across the United States to push the merits of the trilateral trade pact. Federal cabinet ministers will be heading south in the coming days to continue their full-court press for the […]