National Newswatch

Brands face risk of backlash by tweeting about Gord Downie

Oct 20 2017 — Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Fans of rock star, poet and Canadian troubadour Gord Downie began flooding social media with heartfelt tributes as soon as word emerged that the singer had died. And among their tweets were some that appeared less than heartfelt — messages from corporate brands including Hudson's Bay and Chevrolet Canada. One tweet from @hudsonsbay spurred […]

Under fire, Morneau says he plans to put assets in a blind trust

Oct 19 2017 — — Embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he plans to put his substantial personal assets in a blind trust, an effort to tamp down an escalating controversy over conflict of interest allegations that have threatened to undermine the federal Liberal government. Morneau also says he will eventually sell off all of his and his family’s shares […]

Trudeau campaigns with candidate in Quebec ahead of federal byelection

Oct 19 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is campaigning in Quebec today ahead of a federal byelection in the Lac-Saint-Jean riding next week. Trudeau will also spend Friday in the riding supporting the party’s candidate, Richard Hebert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini. The prime minister’s visit comes after the three other federal leaders visited the riding last week […]

Bill Morneau seeks to ease the tax-reform fears of farmers and fishers

Oct 19 2017 — — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce changes today to his controversial tax proposals to address the concerns of farmers and fishers. Morneau will make the announcement at a farm alongside Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay in Erinsville, Ont., about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. The Trudeau government’s proposed tax changes have raised fears […]

Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès Wants Trudeau To Challenge Quebec’s Bill 62 In Court

Oct 18 2017 — Althia Raj — A Quebec Liberal MP called on her leader Wednesday to contest a provincial law that bans Muslim women who wear a niqab or burqa from obtaining government services without showing their faces. Alexandra Mendès, the MP from Brossard–Saint-Lambert, a riding on the south shore of Montreal, told reporters she expects that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]

Finance Minister followed the law, has done nothing wrong: Trudeau

Oct 18 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refuses to say when he found out that Bill Morneau never put his substantial assets into a blind trust after being appointed finance minister two years ago. Trudeau accuses opposition parties, who’ve intensified their attacks on the finance minister, of playing gutter politics over the issue. And he says he has […]

Airbus shakes up industry with majority stake in Bombardier CSeries program

Oct 18 2017 — Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — European aircraft giant Airbus Group is shaking up the global airline business by buying a majority stake in Bombardier's CSeries program and assembling the plane in the U.S. to avoid import duties. The two aircraft manufacturers announced the partnership Monday evening, weeks after the United States announced 300 per cent preliminary duties on […]

Energy East’s demise could spell electoral trouble for Liberals in NB

Oct 18 2017 — — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the federal cabinet was never going to include downstream emissions as a factor when it reviewed the application for the now defunct Energy East pipeline. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Carr says that while the National Energy Board review panel had decided to study the emissions expected […]