National Newswatch

WE Charity now registered to lobby, executive tells Commons committee

Aug 13 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Executives from WE Charity say the organization — under scrutiny for a now-cancelled deal to deliver a student volunteer grant program — is now registered to lobby the federal government. The charity had been criticized, particularly by opposition MPs, for not being registered to lobby despite its communications with the government over delivering the multi-million-dollar […]

Manitoba MP submits motion to convert CERB benefit to permanent basic income

Aug 12 2020 — — A Winnipeg MP is looking to convert the Canada Emergency Response Benefit into a permanent fixture. Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan tabled a motion in the House of Commons to convert CERB into a permanent guaranteed liveable basic income. “COVID-19 has demonstrated that we do have the resources. We must ensure all individuals in Canada […]

Conservatives seek investigation into Canada’s outsourced $84M rent subsidy program

Aug 9 2020 — — The Conservative Party wants to know who was responsible for outsourcing the federal government’s $84 million rent subsidy program during the novel coronavirus pandemic, which was awarded to a company where the spouse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, holds a senior vice-president position. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Conservative finance […]

Trump’s aluminum tariffs ‘absurd,’ Canada to hit back with measures worth $3.6B: Freeland

Aug 7 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United States’ decision to reimpose a 10 per cent tariff on some Canadian aluminum products is “absurd” and vows that Canada will “respond swiftly and strongly” with retaliatory tariffs valued at C$3.6 billion. “Let me be clear. Canadian aluminum is in no way a threat to U.S. national […]

Trudeau’s weak case for WE looks weaker under scrutiny

Aug 4 2020 — Michael Smyth — According to Justin Trudeau, the reason his government handed a sole-source contract to WE Charity to run a $912-million student-grant program is a pretty simple one. WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of doing the job, the prime minister has said repeatedly. “We needed to have a partner to help establish the […]

Trump says he plans to ban TikTok in U.S., opposes Chinese sale

Aug 1 2020 — — U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to ban the social media app TikTok from operating in the country. Reporters accompanying Trump on Air Force One from an event in Florida back to Washington said Trump told them he planned to take action against the popular video-sharing service as soon as Saturday.