National Newswatch

Federal government media fund will stop innovation in its tracks

May 17 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What will it take to make the A-list in Canadian media? Answer: the government’s blessing. As per the spring budget, a cabinet-appointed group will put together a list of “qualified Canadian journalism organizations” eligible for tax breaks and payroll subsidies, and whose subscribers will also benefit from a tax credit of up to $75 a […]

As Trudeau blasts U.S. ‘backsliding’ over abortion restrictions, Liberals target new fundraising pitch

May 16 2019 — Amanda Connolly — As women’s reproductive rights face continued assault south of the border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says new legislation being passed to criminalize abortions in several American states are “backsliding” for rights in the country. That comes as one of his cabinet ministers challenges Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to explain whether he would support similar efforts […]

How climate change could make your food less safe to eat

May 15 2019 — — Climate change could be coming for your dinner plate. Changes to the world’s climate could mean more frequent outbreaks of food-borne illness, according to a recent report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Canadians need to be ready to deal with the risks.

Canada’s top soldier attends cabinet meeting but appearance ‘had nothing to do’ with Norman case: official

May 14 2019 — Amanda Connolly — The most senior defence officials in the country were at the federal cabinet on Tuesday, almost one week after the collapse of the Crown’s breach of trust case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who had been accused of leaking secrets. But an official working for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the reason the others were there […]

1 Canadian killed in Alaska float plane crash

May 14 2019 — — One Canadian is among the four people killed in the Alaska float plane crash Monday, Global Affairs confirmed. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska,” a Global Affairs spokesperson said.

Trudeau’s speculation on Norman case before charges laid ‘not the best framing of words’: Qualtrough

May 12 2019 — Amanda Connolly — Maybe it wasn’t the best call for the prime minister to speculate on Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s case before he was charged, says one of his cabinet ministers. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough was asked about the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to weigh […]

Elizabeth May isn’t eyeing Liberal or NDP voters. Instead, she wants the ones who don’t vote at all

May 12 2019 — Amanda Connolly — If recent electoral breakthroughs on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts are any indication, a Green wave may be growing as the country heads towards the fall election. Both the surge to Official Opposition status in Prince Edward Island and the sweeping of Vancouver Island’s Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding out from under the NDP’s feet appear to […]

Peter MacKay says RCMP should have questioned Tories on Mark Norman case

May 12 2019 — — Another former federal cabinet minister is defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and questioning the RCMP’s handling of the investigation. Peter MacKay said it was surprising that key members of the Stephen Harper government were not interviewed by the police force during its probe of an alleged leak of sensitive information about a naval shipbuilding contract worth […]