National Newswatch

‘A warning’: China’s central television takes direct aim at Canadian foreign minister

Aug 21 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Chinese authorities are taking aim at Canada’s foreign minister, singling out Chrystia Freeland by name in an unusually personal rebuke to her comments about Hong Kong. On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rebuked the Canadian government, saying it ”has made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs repeatedly and grossly interfered in China’s internal […]

Brampton’s new integrity commissioner has ties to Mayor Patrick Brown

Aug 20 2019 — Laura Stone — Brampton’s newly appointed integrity commissioner has publicly expressed support for Mayor Patrick Brown in the past and her spouse’s company did paid work for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party under the former leader. Muneeza Sheikh, a Toronto labour lawyer and frequent media contributor, was appointed by Brampton city council to the dual post of integrity […]

Cabinet confidentiality to take centre stage at parliamentary committee hearing on SNC-Lavalin

Aug 20 2019 — Steven Chase — The obstacles that federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion faced in investigating the SNC-Lavalin affair demonstrate why an independent body or commission is still needed to fully probe what happened, one legal expert says. Mr. Dion delivered a report last week concluding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly putting pressure […]

Trudeau acknowledges mistakes over SNC-Lavalin as Scheer calls for RCMP investigation

Aug 19 2019 — Daniel Leblanc — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged his government made mistakes in its handling of SNC-Lavalin’s request for a settlement on charges of bribery and fraud, but rejected the Conservative Party’s claim that the actions may have been criminal. Mr. Trudeau has come under fire for refusing to apologize to Canadians after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found […]

Trudeau violated ethics law by pressing Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin deal, commissioner rules

Aug 14 2019 — — Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened a section of the Conflict of Interest Act by using his position of authority over then-attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould to get her to overrule the director of public prosecution’s decision to not negotiate a deal with SNC-Lavalin that would avoid criminal prosecution. Mr. Dion’s report, […]

Canadians’ negative impressions harden toward China

Aug 11 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — China’s hostage diplomacy and punishing economic sanctions against Canada have further hardened Canadians’ attitudes toward Beijing’s authoritarian government, according to a new poll. The July Nanos Research poll, conducted for The Globe and Mail, also found that 40 per cent of Canadians surveyed believe the Trudeau government has done a very poor or poor job […]

People’s Party welcomes as candidates former Tories disenchanted with Conservatives ‘centrist’ approach

Aug 9 2019 — — The People’s Party of Canada is welcoming candidates who were rejected as nominees, abandoned their efforts or left the Conservative Party because of their views on immigration, gender identity, free speech and other issues. The PPC was launched in 2018 by Maxime Bernier, a former long-time Conservative MP who unsuccessfully ran for the federal leadership […]

Most Canadians disapprove of premiers actively campaigning for federal parties, poll suggests

Aug 8 2019 — Chris Hannay — Most Canadians disapprove of provincial leaders wading into the federal election, a new poll suggests. Fifty-six per cent of respondents told Nanos Research they were uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with their premiers actively campaigning for federal parties that the politicians personally support this fall. Forty per cent said they were comfortable or somewhat comfortable with […]

Election 2019: Return of the Netflix tax debate

Aug 8 2019 — Michael Geist — Four years ago, then-prime minister Stephen Harper used the first week of the 2015 federal election campaign to pledge that, if re-elected, his government would not institute a “Netflix tax.” The Liberals responded with a no-Netflix-tax promise of their own, which became government policy when Justin Trudeau was elected a few months later. Yet as […]