National Newswatch

The lingering clout of Stephen Harper gets a leadership test

Jan 16 2020 — Don Martin — The longer he’s not prime minister, the more interesting and influential Stephen Harper becomes. This week saw a flurry of headlines breathlessly covering his comments on Iran, which would-be Conservative leadership bid he will endorse and his resignation from the party’s fundraising arm to work at preventing another candidate from getting his old job. Harper […]

Amid repatriation struggles, 17 Canadian families fighting to bring loved ones home

Jan 15 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — As Canada and Iran negotiate the legal issues involved with repatriating the remains of Canadians and dual citizens, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko says there are 17 Canadian families who are currently fighting to see their loved ones’ remains returned to Canada. There were 57 Canadian citizens killed when an Iranian surface-to-air missile struck […]

Scheer places blame for plane shootdown on ‘Iran alone’

Jan 14 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer placed the blame for the Iran plane crash on “the Iranian Regime alone” in a series of tweets Tuesday – just one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the shootdown was due to a recent “escalation” of tensions in the Middle East. He said his party wants to see […]

Baird report on Conservative election campaign finished, won’t be made public

Jan 14 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has received former Tory cabinet minister John Baird’s postmortem on the party’s unsuccessful federal election campaign, but it will not be made public. Scheer tweeted Tuesday that he was “looking forward to reviewing it and sharing the feedback” with his coming replacement, but according to the leader’s office, Baird’s findings […]

Harper calls for Iranian regime change in wake of downed jet

Jan 14 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Former prime minister Stephen Harper said he thinks Iran needs a change in regime in order for there to be peace in the Middle East –and he hopes the fallout from the recent Iran plane crash sparks that change. “I don’t think any of us believe that Iran would have deliberately shot down an aircraft, […]

Nuclear scare prompts thousands of orders for potassium iodide pills

Jan 14 2020 — — A website dedicated to nuclear safety reported more than 30,000 orders placed online for potassium iodide, or KI, pills after a mistaken emergency alert about a nearby power plant occurred on the weekend. After the emergency alert was sent from Pickering Nuclear Generating Station around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, the nuclear safety website “Prepare to […]

Flight PS752’s last words with air traffic control were ‘peaceful’: Ukraine foreign affairs minister

Jan 10 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The last conversation between Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 pilots and air traffic personnel on the ground in Tehran before the plane crashed minutes after take-off was nothing out of the norm, said Ukraine’s foreign affairs minister. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, airing Sunday, Vadym Prystaiko said all communication was “peaceful,” supporting the […]

Video appears to show moment Ukrainian plane was hit by missile

Jan 9 2020 — — New video appears to show a missile hitting a Ukrainian airliner before it crashed near Tehran, Iran, killing everyone on board – including 63 Canadians. The video footage shows a bright object hitting another object in the dark sky over Parand, southwest of Tehran. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Thursday that “intelligence from multiple […]

Who’s in the running to become the next Conservative leader, and what are their odds?

Jan 9 2020 — Don Martin — It’s attracting less water cooler conversation than Justin Trudeau’s struggling beard, but the race to replace the Conservative leader is about to leave the starting gate. Unfortunately the candidate most likely to win remains on the sidelines, although I’m told former interim leader Rona Ambrose is giving her entry a final weekend of contemplation before […]

Prince Harry and Meghan ‘stepping back’ as senior royals

Jan 8 2020 — — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced they plan to step back from their roles as “senior” members of the Royal Family while working to become “financially independent.” In a statement posted to their joint SussexRoyal Instagram account on Wednesday, the couple said they have chosen to make a “transition” this year in order […]