National Newswatch

StatCan didn’t break the law by collecting banking data, privacy watchdog says

Dec 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien’s latest report found that Statistics Canada didn’t break the law when it requested the personal financial transaction information of 500,000 Canadians. Therrien did, however, recommend the Statistics Canada programs that collected the data – the Credit Information Project and the Financial Transactions project – be redesigned. “Canadians were deeply troubled by […]

Somebody ate the US$120,000 banana art that was duct-taped to a wall

Dec 8 2019 — — When an artist duct-taped a banana to a wall and priced it at US$120,000 this week, we should probably have known where the story was heading. The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was ripe for the picking — and on Saturday, it was unceremoniously taken off the wall at the Art Basel Miami Beach and eaten […]

Singh says Bloc ‘won’t push government’ after supporting throne speech

Dec 8 2019 — Sarah Turnbull — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet’s support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s throne speech should be a hint to Canadians that he won’t challenge the government. “They’ve made it clear that they don’t really have anything to negotiate, they’re not going to push the government,” said Singh in an interview on […]

Why Trudeau’s Trump jokes won’t affect Canadian-U.S.A relations

Dec 8 2019 — — It was a busy week for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After a clip of the PM gossiping about American president Donald Trump with other world leaders went viral, the clip ended up being used in an ad for Democratic Party nominee hopeful Joe Biden. McGill University Political Science professor Daniel Beland said he doesn’t believe […]

Canadians more concerned about Wexit than Quebec separatism: Nanos survey

Dec 8 2019 — — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to meet Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for the first time since the federal election, a new survey suggests Canadians are worried about separatist sentiment in western Canada and aren’t convinced that the Liberals can mend the rift. The poll, commissioned by CTV News and conducted by Nanos Research, surveyed […]

Prince Charles’ office issues statement about Queen’s retirement

Dec 7 2019 — — In a rare statement, a spokesperson for Prince Charles has dismissed persistent rumours claiming Queen Elizabeth II plans to retire when she turns 95. “There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age,” the Clarence House spokesperson told in an email on Saturday. In […]

Confidence vote on throne speech unlikely until New Year: Rodriguez

Dec 7 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The confidence vote in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority government’s throne speech “probably” won’t happen until 2020. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said that the vote likely won’t happen until the New Year, citing the Liberal’s ability to schedule up to six days […]

Three in five Canadians support construction of new pipelines: Nanos survey

Dec 6 2019 — — Days after shovels hit the ground in Alberta on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey suggests the majority of Canadians support the construction of new pipelines. The survey, commissioned by CTV News and conducted by Nanos Research, polled 1,010 Canadians and found that 42 per cent supported new pipelines while another 23 per […]

Man, 22, facing terror charges in Ontario

Dec 6 2019 — — A 22-year-old Ontario man is facing terrorism-related offenses after returning from Turkey. Ikar Mao of Guelph, Ont., was arrested and charged Friday morning for participating in activities of a terrorist group and for leaving Canada to participate in such activities. “I want to reassure the citizens of the Greater Toronto Area and all Canadians, that […]

Trump hints at possible trade action against Canada, other NATO countries

Dec 5 2019 — — Following a frosty couple days, U.S. President Donald Trump has once again hinted at a possible trade spat with Canada and other NATO countries that he believes aren’t “putting up their money” on defence spending. Trump spoke in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in front of representatives ofthe United Nations Security Council and said he had […]

Five MPs vying to be next House of Commons Speaker

Dec 4 2019 — Rachel Aiello — There are five Members of Parliament vying to be the next House of Commons speaker: Two Liberals, two Conservatives, and a New Democrat. The MPs who are in the running to be the Speaker are incumbent Liberals Geoff Regan and Anthony Rota, Conservatives Bruce Stanton and Joel Godin, and NDP MP Carol Hughes.

‘Poor judgment’: Party leaders in Ottawa slam Trudeau for remarks caught on camera

Dec 4 2019 — — As party leaders descend on Ottawa ahead of Parliament’s return to business, they had some choice words for Prime Minister Trudeau who was caught on video speaking candidly to other world leaders about U.S. President Donald Trump. While addressing his caucus on Parliament Hill Wednesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused Prime Minister Trudeau of having […]

No apology from Trudeau after Trump calls him ‘two-faced’

Dec 4 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not apologize after U.S. President Donald Trump called him “two-faced” in the wake of a video of the PM apparently speaking candidly to other world leaders about the president. “Last night, I made a reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President […]