National Newswatch

Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

Jul 17 2019 — — The CEOs of nine Alberta natural gas producers have released an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney asking him to show “bold leadership” in supporting a plan to restrict production to boost low gas prices. The letter warns the province faces a high likelihood of corporate failures, job losses and falling investment levels if the […]

Younger voters mobilizing to make federal election about climate change

Jul 17 2019 — — Several hundred Canadian millennials plan to rally in at least 30 cities across the country today, demanding a federal leaders’ debate on climate change. Emma Jackson, a field organizer with the group Our Time, says the science is clear that humanity only has 11 years to get a grip on greenhouse-gas emissions before global warming […]

Uncompetitive nomination races weaken parties and Canadian democracy, study warns

Jul 17 2019 — — Nominations for federal elections are strikingly uncompetitive and opaque, according to a new study, which says that has profound consequences for Canadian democracy. New research by the Toronto-based Samara Centre for Democracy shows only 17 per cent of more than 6,600 federal candidates from 2003 to 2015 faced competitive nomination races, while 2,700 candidates were […]

Shooting survivor quits panel over ‘timid’ Liberal record on assault-style guns

Jul 15 2019 — — Mass-shooting survivor Nathalie Provost has quit the federal firearms advisory committee in frustration, saying she is extremely disappointed with the Liberal government’s failure to crack down on assault-style rifles. Provost, who was shot four times during the 1989 attack by a gunman at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, says she feels used by a government unwilling to […]

NATO secretary general meets Trudeau in Canada amid Russia, U.S.-Iran tensions

Jul 15 2019 — — In a visit to an Ottawa Valley military base Monday, NATO’s secretary-general urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to not backtrack on boosting Canada’s defence spending and helping counter shifting threats facing the military alliance. Jens Stoltenberg said “defence spending is now going up” in Canada and other NATO countries after years of reductions. He praised […]

Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s health care comments

Jul 15 2019 — — Ontario’s health minister says it may take longer than the year promised by Premier Doug Ford to end overcrowding within the province’s hospitals. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the problem — which has resulted in thousands of patients being treated in hospital hallways for a number of years — is complex. Ford said last week […]

NATO secretary general visits Canada for Trudeau meeting, base tour

Jul 15 2019 — — The secretary-general of NATO is in Canada today meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Jens Stoltenberg will tour CFB Petawawa with Trudeau and discuss Canada’s NATO deployments in Latvia and Iraq with him. NATO is part of the “rules-based international order” the Liberal government frequently promotes. U.S. President Donald Trump denigrates it as an outdated body […]

Global concern grows over Canada’s funding of fight against AIDS, TB, malaria

Jul 15 2019 — — International concern is growing in medical and development circles that the Trudeau government is about to step back from its much-publicized global leadership on eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In 2016, Trudeau announced with fanfare that Canada was contributing $804 million to the Global Fund, a 24-per-cent increase to the international organization that aims to […]

Officials flagged 900 food items from China with ‘problems’ over two years

Jul 14 2019 — — Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records. The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short […]