National Newswatch

NDP MP prompts first-ever secret ballot vote in Parliament

Nov 23 2017 — — A New Democrat MP has successfully appealed a ruling on her bill that will see members of Parliament participate in a historic secret ballot vote. NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson’s private member’s bill was deemed “non-voteable” by a committee, essentially leaving it dead in the water. But she decided to pursue a never-before-used procedural tool to […]

Chaotic throng cuts PM Trudeau’s mall appearance short

Nov 23 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swarmed at a Scarborough shopping mall while campaigning with a byelection candidate, forcing his protective detail to usher him away. Just after stepping into the Bridlewood Mall alongside Jean Yip, the federal Liberal candidate in Scarborough-Agincourt Wednesday night, a crush of people pushed to get close to Trudeau. In just […]

A working pay system will take years, AG report says

Nov 21 2017 — Rachel Aiello — For the thousands of federal public workers who have ongoing pay issues, a grim diagnosis from Canada’s auditor general Tuesday: it’s going to be years before the government has a pay system that works. In an examination of the federal government’s rollout of the Phoenix pay system, the federal auditor concluded that Public Services and […]

Vicente Fox to Trudeau: Don’t be ‘Judas’ on NAFTA

Nov 19 2017 — — The former president of Mexico has a warning for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to NAFTA renegotiations: don’t betray us “like Judas.” Vicente Fox, who was president from 2000 to 2006, made the biblical reference an exclusive interview with CTV’s Washington Correspondent Richard Madan, as trilateral talks continue in Mexico City. “Sometimes what […]

U.S. prop-up of coal is ‘wrong,’ but Canada will continue to export it: McKenna

Nov 19 2017 — Rachel Aiello — While rebuking U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to revive the coal power industry, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the federal government has no plans to shutter Canada’s coal exports. “They have got it wrong,” McKenna said in an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, of America’s commitment to fossil fuels. “We share […]

Blair to Senate on pot bill: delay is unacceptable

Nov 18 2017 — Rachel Aiello — The Liberals are aiming to pass the marijuana legalization bill in the House of Commons this week, sending it off for some sober second thought, and the government’s pot point man, Bill Blair, has a message for the Senate: delay is unacceptable. Once the bill passes in the House, it’ll be off to the upper […]

Canadian soldiers training Iraqi troops on IED threats

Nov 17 2017 — Rachel Aiello — Canadian troops in Iraq have begun training the Iraq army on the threat of improvised explosive devices, and have updated their Royal Canadian Air Force contributions to Operation Impact. Approximately 20 Canadian army engineers from CFB Petawawa have been deployed to Besmaya, Iraq, to deliver explosive threat training to the Iraqi security forces. The Canadian […]

Minister apologizes for Phoenix mess in letter to public servants

Nov 16 2017 — Rachel Aiello — The minister responsible for the Phoenix pay system has issued an apology to public servants over the ongoing pay problems that are still plaguing over half of Canada’s federal public service, and reveals the actual backlog of cases is 520,000. “I am truly sorry,” said Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough in a letter […]

Canada’s peacekeeping offer ‘condescending’: retired general

Nov 16 2017 — — Canada’s newly unveiled three-pronged peacekeeping contribution is ‘condescending’ and dances around the tough issues, says Retired Maj.-Gen Lewis MacKenzie. On Wednesday at the UN peacekeeping summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is prepared to offer training, high-end military resources, and a pilot program aimed at helping countries train and deploy more female peacekeepers. […]

Minister: Fixing Phoenix pay system could cost $1B

Nov 12 2017 — Rachel Aiello — The minister responsible for the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system can’t guarantee that the tab to get things under control won’t hit a billion dollars. Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough says she can’t promise that taxpayers won’t be on the hook for a sky high bill to tame the payroll program that’s been smouldering […]

Ethics commissioner examining Morneau’s sponsorship of pension bill

Nov 10 2017 — — Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is examining Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s sponsorship of Bill C-27, CTV News has learned. The federal ethics watchdog says she has “reasonable grounds” based on her follow up meeting with the finance minister about his involvement with the pension bill, to “commence an examination” into whether Morneau […]