National Newswatch

Petition to force government response on PM groping allegation

Aug 14 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — A new e-petition is set to force the government to respond to a sexual misconduct allegation against the prime minister from nearly two decades ago. The petition, which first opened for signature on Aug. 1 and is buried in Parliament’s e-portal for official petitions, points out that since Justin Trudeau became party leader five years […]

Tory MP Bernier criticized for saying ‘more diversity’ will ‘destroy’ what makes Canada great

Aug 13 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Outspoken Conservative MP and failed leadership contender Maxime Bernier is facing criticism from within his caucus, and beyond, over a series of tweets accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of fostering a “cult of diversity” that he believes will destroy the country. In a six-tweet thread posted Sunday evening, the Quebec MP says that more diversity […]

‘Canada must wait,’ tweets Trump, renewing auto tariff threat

Aug 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his attack on Canada over trade. On Friday evening he took to Twitter to restate his threat of levelling tariffs on the Canadian auto sector, while claiming “Canada must wait” to make a deal. In the 51-word tweet, Trump said that a deal with Mexico is “coming along nicely,” […]

Canadians mourn with Fredericton: PM Justin Trudeau

Aug 10 2018 — Laura Payton — Canadians across the country are mourning those killed in the Fredericton shooting earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. “Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton that left four people dead, including two police officers,” Trudeau said in a statement released Friday afternoon. […]

Concerns raised about first device set to be approved for roadside drug detection

Aug 10 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The first device set to be approved by the federal government for roadside saliva tests to determine marijuana impairment isn’t suited for cold weather, and has been found to give “fairly large proportions of false-positive or false-negative results.” Last month Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould published a notice of intention to approve the Dräger DrugTest 5000, […]

Jagmeet Singh to announce run for Parliament

Aug 7 2018 — Laura Payton — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will announce Wednesday he’s running for the Burnaby South seat in the House of Commons, CTV News has confirmed. Singh won the federal NDP leadership last fall but isn’t a member of Parliament. Reports indicated he would run to replace New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who has resigned his seat […]

Saudi Arabia’s demand that students go home could hurt Canadian economy

Aug 7 2018 — Josh Dehaas — Saudi Arabia’s reported suspension of educational programs in Canada could have a big financial impact on Canada’s economy. A tweet from Saudi Ministry of Education spokesman Mubarak Alosaimi on Sunday said that he had been instructed to stop training programs, scholarships and fellowships in Canada, and to facilitate the smooth transition of students to other […]

Mulcair resigns as an MP, putting Montreal seat up for grabs

Aug 3 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Today is former NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s last day as an MP, meaning his Outremont, Que. seat is soon to be up for grabs. The NDP confirmed Thursday that Mulcair sent his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan on July 21, notifying him that he’d be vacating his […]

Flying high? Feds yet to issue marijuana guidelines for airline industry

Aug 2 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Legal recreational marijuana goes on sale across the country in 77 days, but Canada’s airline industry says it has not yet been given any directive from the federal government about how to deal with the effects of legalization on its pilots and crews. “We’ve received no official guidance whatsoever. No regulations, no proposed regulations. We’ve […]

Justin Trudeau to brunch with ‘Queer Eye’ star

Jul 28 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with one of the Fab Five from Netflix’s smash hit “Queer Eye” for a special Pride-themed brunch. Antoni Porowski, the show’s food and wine expert, will sit down with Trudeau at a brunch reception in Montreal in August. The pair is expected to discuss the “importance of Pride and […]

‘He’s behaving like a dictator’: Critics blast Ford’s political shakeup

Jul 27 2018 — — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath compared Ontario Premier Doug Ford to a “dictator” after he announced Friday plans to redraw ward boundaries, effectively slashing the size of city council and cancelling a number of regional elections. “Mr. Ford seems to believe that he is the king of Ontario. He’s behaving like a dictator,” said Horwath, the […]