National Newswatch

Freeland says it’s dangerous for politicians to label journalists as ‘enemy of the people’

Jun 17 2019 — — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said it’s dangerous for politicians to label journalists as the “enemy of the people,” a term frequently deployed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Ms. Freeland made the remarks at a Monday discussion with Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in response to a question about the […]

Conservatives blast Liberal promise to ban assault weapons

Jun 17 2019 — Daniel Leblanc — The Conservative Party will be campaigning against a ban on specific kinds of assault weapons in the next election, arguing a Liberal Party proposal to prohibit some military-style assault weapons that are currently legal would penalize law-abiding gun owners while failing to address the real cause of gun crime in Canada. “The Liberals are playing […]

Why Trudeau might not mind federal-provincial squabbles, on pharmacare and plenty else

Jun 14 2019 — Adam Radwanski — No sooner had a federal panel recommended the implementation of a universal pharmacare system than speculation began about whether Ottawa could attain enough provincial co-operation to make it happen. From a campaign perspective, if not a governance one, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals might consider any such resistance more a feature than a bug. Seeking his first […]

Liberals want to prohibit more assault weapons rather than ban handguns

Jun 14 2019 — — Ottawa has officially ruled out a countrywide ban on handguns, but the Liberals will be running in the next federal election on a plan to prohibit and buy back some military-style assault weapons that are currently legal in Canada, minister Bill Blair said. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, the former Toronto police […]

First Nations prepare for influx of new members amid removal of sex-based discrimination from Indian Act

Jun 14 2019 — Gloria Galloway — Canada’s largest First Nation is introducing a citizenship code to take control over its membership lists as the federal government prepares to enact legislation that could create tens of thousands of new status Indians while removing the last vestiges of sexism from the Indian Act. The Six Nations of the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario […]

Freeland rejects Chrétien’s idea to cancel Meng’s extradition case

Jun 13 2019 — Adrian Morrow — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is rejecting a proposal from former prime minister Jean Chrétien that Canada stop extradition proceedings against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to get China to release two arbitrarily detained Canadians and stop punishing Ottawa economically. Ms. Freeland warned it would be “dangerous” for Canada to cave to Chinese pressure and short-circuit […]

Ford government gave nearly $141-million to Tory ridings in rural communities amid budget cuts

Jun 13 2019 — — Even as Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government planned to make significant cuts to municipal budgets across the province, it provided $200-million in unsolicited cash to rural communities, with 71 per cent of the money going to ridings represented by the party’s MPPs, a Globe and Mail analysis shows. The one-time funding, handed to 405 of Ontario’s […]

Chrétien proposes cancelling Meng’s extradition case to unfreeze relations with China

Jun 13 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Jean Chrétien is floating the idea of having Canada’s Justice Minister exercise his legal authority to stop the U.S. extradition of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as the means to normalize diplomatic relations with China, sources say.The former Liberal prime minister, who last week offered to serve as Canada’s special envoy to China to help […]

Majority of Canadians believe Ottawa should ban Huawei from 5G networks, poll shows

Jun 12 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mulls whether to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei from Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless networks on grounds of national security, a new poll shows more than half of Canadians favour barring the company. A majority of Canadians believe the federal government should follow the lead of several of Canada’s Five […]

Federal tourism agency to sponsor Canada Day gala in Beijing

Jun 11 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — A federal government crown corporation is serving as the principal sponsor of a Canada-Day-themed gala in Beijing later this month even as two Canadians remain jailed in China over what the Trudeau government has called “political reasons.” Destination Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Tourism Commission, is billed as the “principal sponsor” of a “Canada […]