National Newswatch

Gerald Butts is trying to be a martyr. Voters are smarter than that

Feb 18 2019 — Lori Turnbull — In the latest development in the story involving the Prime Minister’s Office, Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin, Gerald Butts has resigned. This is big news but not totally unexpected, given the magnitude of the political crisis. Someone had to go. In his departing statement via Twitter, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister denied that he […]

Why did Justin Trudeau cut off his right hand?

Feb 18 2019 — Globe and Mail — On Monday afternoon, another senior figure abruptly exited the Trudeau government. But, as with the departure last week of former justice minister and attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould, principal secretary Gerald Butts’s resignation is a move that is generating far more heat than light.

Liberal MP says Wilson-Raybould might have lost justice post because she doesn’t speak French

Feb 14 2019 — Steven Chase — The Liberal MP who will chair hearings into the Jody Wilson-Raybould affair is raising the possibility that the Indigenous Canadian politician was removed as justice minister and attorney-general earlier this year because she couldn’t speak French. Anthony Housefather, the Liberal chair of the House of Commons justice committee, was speaking to a Montreal radio station […]

Telus warns of ‘material’ risk if Ottawa bans Huawei

Feb 14 2019 — — Telus Corp. is warning of a “material” risk to its business if the Canadian government bans wireless carriers from working with equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Ottawa is conducting a cybersecurity review of the use of the Chinese company’s gear for 5G networks as three of its Five Eyes intelligence allies – the U.S., […]

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s pretrial judge questions independence of public prosecution service

Feb 12 2019 — Janice Dickson — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence lawyer alleged in an Ottawa court that Crown prosecutors have been discussing trial strategy with the Privy Council Office, calling the Crown’s actions more concerning than political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The allegation of Privy Council Office intervention prompted the Ontario Court of Justice judge presiding over the […]

Doug Ford fundraising letter accuses student unions of ‘crazy Marxist nonsense’

Feb 11 2019 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has accused student unions of getting up to “crazy Marxist nonsense” in his latest fundraising letter to party supporters. Mr. Ford’s government last month announced a number of changes to the financing of the postsecondary education system, including a plan to make many student fees optional. Student groups have protested the […]

Former finance minister, ambassador and businessman Michael Wilson dies at 81

Feb 10 2019 — — Michael Wilson, a former federal finance minister and stalwart of Canadian business who overcame personal tragedy in later life to become an advocate for mental-health support, has died at 81. Under prime minister Brian Mulroney, Mr. Wilson helped negotiate the North American free-trade agreement and brought in the federal goods and services tax, initiatives that […]