National Newswatch

Canada decries shutdown of UN panel documenting possible war crimes in Yemen

Oct 18 2021 — Steven Chase — The federal government is speaking out after the United Nations Human Rights Council, including such countries as Russia, China and Venezuela, shut down the only independent and international probe into Yemen’s long and deadly civil war. A UN-appointed panel of experts on Yemen has since 2017 documented incidents of indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling, as well […]

Trudeau Liberals limit scrutiny with fewer sitting days in the House

Oct 18 2021 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government’s move to limit House of Commons sitting days this year and delay the return of Parliament until late November is part of an effort to avoid scrutiny, opposition MPs say, amid a needed debate over pandemic economic supports. The Prime Minister’s Office has said that the House won’t resume sitting until Nov. […]

Senior military officer placed on leave months after sexual-misconduct investigation against him started

Oct 15 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The Canadian Forces’ chief of military personnel is being investigated for sexual misconduct by military police and went on leave effective immediately on Friday – months after the probe was launched. Lieutenant-General Steven Whelan was promoted to his current rank and placed in charge of military personnel and rooting out bad behaviour in the Forces […]

The Prairies are showing Canada what a COVID-19 disaster looks like

Oct 14 2021 — — It all sounded so wonderful, back in July: freedom from the straitjacket of COVID-19 restrictions. At least that’s how Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his Saskatchewan counterpart Scott Moe were selling it. On July 1, Mr. Kenney was the first to quash the need for masks, social distancing and public-gathering constraints, declaring Alberta “open for […]

Largest bloc in Senate to consider expelling a member from its ranks

Oct 12 2021 — Steven Chase — The Canadian Senate’s biggest bloc is calling Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran before a closed-door hearing next Monday to decide whether to kick her out of the Independent Senators Group. This is the first expulsion hearing for the Independent Senators, the largest Parliamentary group in Canada’s Red Chamber, since it was recognized by the Senate in […]

Canadians most often said Bernier, Trudeau should leave roles following election, according to Nanos Research poll

Oct 12 2021 — Kristy Kirkup — Maxime Bernier and Justin Trudeau were the two most common answers in a poll that asked respondents which of Canada’s federal party leaders they would like to see resign as a result of the outcome of this year’s election. Thirty-seven per cent of respondents told Nanos Research that Mr. Bernier, the leader of the far-right […]

Poll shows hardening position on China among Canadians

Oct 11 2021 — Steven Chase — More than 75 per cent of Canadians think the federal government should ban Huawei Technologies from this country’s 5G telecommunications networks in a new Nanos Research poll that finds hardening attitudes toward the Chinese state and business relations with Beijing. The survey by Nanos for The Globe and Mail was conducted the week after the […]

Canada not acting fast enough to help at-risk Afghans leave their country, former general says

Oct 8 2021 — Steven Chase — Canada is not acting fast enough to help at-risk Afghans leave their country, which has now been under Taliban control for close to two months, retired major-general Denis Thompson warns. He said non-governmental organizations working with the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), a Canadian charity that is currently helping Afghans resettle in Canada, have not been […]

Trudeau’s Liberals send off defeated MPs, but punt post-election debrief

Oct 7 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met behind closed doors with his Liberal caucus on Thursday, in what was called an “informal” send-off for defeated MPs, leaving the post-election debrief on the party’s failed bid for a majority government to another day. Most Members of Parliament attended the hybrid event remotely, but about two dozen MPs, including […]

Ottawa in discussions to extend pandemic aid beyond Oct. 23 deadline

Oct 7 2021 — — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is discussing options to extend support for businesses beyond the Oct. 23 expiration date for some emergency wage and rent subsidies. The comment has raised expectations that the Liberals may support more business sectors than the party promised in the recent election campaign. The re-elected Liberal minority government […]