National Newswatch

Danielle Smith’s walk has not matched her talk as Alberta’s premier

Nov 29 2022 — Jen Gerson — “Albertans have had just about enough of this!” Alberta Premier Danielle Smith told Jordan Peterson near the start of an hour-and-a-half-long interview posted online two weeks ago. Well, calling it an “interview” is generous: The good doctor fails to challenge Ms. Smith on any of her sometimes misleading characterizations of Alberta’s plight, and he frequently […]

Ivey Foundation will distribute $100-million endowment to causes aimed at accelerating progress on climate change

Nov 29 2022 — — One of Canada’s largest and oldest philanthropic organizations has decided to wind down and distribute its entire endowment – $100-million – to expedite efforts to align the economy with net-zero emission targets. The Ivey Foundation has determined that the need to transform industrial policies to meet climate goals is too acute to keep funding projects […]

Freeland defends government’s $4-billion change to Canada Workers Benefit, despite PBO criticism

Nov 29 2022 — Bill Curry — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland defended her government’s changes to the Canada Workers Benefit after criticism from the Parliamentary Budget Officer that the new program design “does not make sense.” Ms. Freeland’s Nov. 3 economic update announced $4-billion over six years to provide automatic advance payments to individuals who had qualified for the income-tested benefit in […]

RCMP investigating Chinese interference in Canadian affairs, Commissioner says

Nov 29 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The RCMP is investigating broad foreign interference by China in Canadian affairs, says Commissioner Brenda Lucki, but she declined to detail precisely what type of activities are being probed by the federal police force. In a letter sent on Monday to a House of Commons committee studying possible Beijing interference in the 2019 general election, […]

Who was the Prime Minister who testified at the Emergencies Act inquiry, and how do we get more of him?

Nov 28 2022 — Robyn Urback — A version of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau different from the one that Canadians have come to know testified before the public inquiry into the government’s use of the Emergencies Act last week. The familiar Justin Trudeau is proficient in the art of responding without answering, of repeating canned talking points like a malfunctioning robot with […]

India’s envoy calls on Canada to crack down on Canadian funding of Khalistan separatist movement

Nov 28 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Ottawa can help repair frosty relations with New Delhi by cracking down on diasporic funding of the Sikh independence movement that is seeking to create a sovereign homeland known as Khalistan, India’s new envoy to Canada says. Sanjay Kumar Verma told The Globe and Mail that India has long been concerned that some segments of […]

Canada to bolster security to combat foreign influence, disinformation in new Indo-Pacific strategy

Nov 26 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will unveil a long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday that promises to bolster the ability of national security agencies to combat foreign influence and disinformation campaigns in the region and in Canadian affairs. Ottawa will provide nearly $230-million over the next five years to expand the capacity of Canadian intelligence and […]

It’s Trudeau’s show and Friday he will have to answer for it

Nov 25 2022 — Shannon Proudfoot — In true headliner fashion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up last at the inquiry examining his government’s use of the Emergencies Act to quell the protests that roiled the country last winter. By this point, the weeks of testimony from cabinet ministers, police and government officials, bureaucrats, municipal leaders, furious citizens and aggrieved convoy leaders […]

Don’t bet on the Emergencies Act inquiry hurting Trudeau

Nov 23 2022 — Lawrence Martin — The inquiry into whether Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act was justifiable has a rather peculiar look. Inquiries normally investigate something that went wrong. Not this one. This one is probing an action that worked, that went off with few hitches, that was met, for the most part, with public acceptance. The issue of […]

Search for next NATO Secretary-General should take into account contribution member states make to the alliance, U.S. senator says

Nov 21 2022 — Steven Chase — A U.S. senator who attended the weekend’s Halifax security summit believes NATO should consider the resource commitment each country makes to the military alliance in selecting its next secretary general, amid media reports that Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is one of the contenders. By at least one measure, however, Canada falls short of the […]

24 Sussex Drive – PM’s official residence – is being closed

Nov 17 2022 — Ian Bailey — The prime minister’s official residence, 24 Sussex Drive, is to be cleared out and closed because of the declining state of the decades-old property, the commission that manages official residences in the Ottawa region says. Until Justin Trudeau became prime minister in 2015, the property had been the residence of prime ministers since 1951. However, […]