National Newswatch

‘I still get followed around in stores’: Cabinet minister Hussen on his experiences with anti-black racism

Jun 1 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada’s first Somali-Canadian cabinet minister says that despite his high profile position, anti-black racism is a part of his life — and that of so many others. Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen told CTV’s Power Play that, as a black Canadian, he has a visceral reaction when police vehicles are nearby. “Instinctively, […]

‘Anti-black racism is real’: PM Trudeau calls out Canadian racism after Floyd protests

Jun 1 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Amid protests in Canada following the police-involved killing of George Floyd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “we can’t pretend that racism doesn’t exist” in Canada. “Anti-black racism is real. Unconscious bias is real. Systemic discrimination is real. And they happen here, in Canada,” Trudeau said, speaking from the front steps of Rideau Cottage on Monday. […]

Singh calls on Trudeau to ‘show some leadership’ on long-term care

May 31 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is imploring the prime minister to exercise the powers within the federal government’s scope to help provinces tackle the crisis at long-term care homes. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period with host Evan Solomon, Singh said he’s been looking to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “show some leadership” on national […]

Canada looking at ways to reunite immediate families despite U.S. border restrictions

May 29 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking into possible tweaks to the current Canada-U.S. border restrictions that could allow immediate families to reunite. “We have been looking at ways of perhaps allowing close family members, children, spouses, or parents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be able to reunite under strict […]

PM implores employers to re-hire staff, says 45,000 job postings now up for young people

May 27 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his 65th morning press conference since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in mid-March to implore Canadian businesses to re-hire their employees, and encouraged young people to look into the 45,000 job postings available to those looking for work this summer. “During the first few weeks of the crisis, people’s lives […]

Quebec releases Canadian military report into conditions at long-term care facilities

May 27 2020 — — Quebec has made public a report by the Canadian military into conditions at the province’s long-term care facilities, which have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The office of Premier Francois Legault confirmed to CTV News that the government received the report late last night. Legault will be available to answer questions about it at […]

‘We don’t need to apologize’ for justice system decisions, says PM on eve of key Huawei decision

May 26 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The day before the British Columbia Supreme Court is slated to release a key decision in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government doesn’t need to apologize for decisions made by the independent Canadian justice system. “One of the good things about having a truly independent justice […]

PM Trudeau vows more protective equipment coming

May 26 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is increasing its orders of personal protective equipment, noting that so far more than 40 planeloads of supplies have arrived in Canada, as domestic companies continue to produce much-needed medical gear. Trudeau used his Rideau Cottage address to update on the national push to procure personal protective equipment, […]