National Newswatch

Alberta seeks billions in federal funding for carbon capture projects

Mar 8 2021 — — Alberta is asking Ottawa to commit to $30-billion in spending or tax incentives over the next decade to spur the building of large-scale industrial carbon capture projects. The provincial government says for Canada to meet climate goals, the country will have to help fund a series of carbon capture, utilization and storage, or CCUS, facilities […]

Myanmar junta hires Israeli-Canadian lobbyist to ‘explain’ coup

Mar 7 2021 — — The ruling junta in Myanmar has hired an Israeli-Canadian lobbyist, recently investigated by the RCMP over his activities in Sudan, to help “explain” why the military carried out a coup against the country’s democratically elected government last month. A March 4 contract seen by The Globe and Mail states that Ari Ben-Menashe and his Montreal-based […]

Erin O’Toole has a long way to go to prove he’s ready to be PM

Mar 6 2021 — John Ibbitson — Anyone involved in Canadian politics knows that being leader of the Official Opposition is hard, and that growing the fractious Conservative coalition is even harder. That doesn’t change the fact that Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole needs to do a better job. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are vulnerable. Canada’s performance in acquiring vaccines has been mediocre at […]

Political terror threats are growing – and Republicans couldn’t care less

Mar 6 2021 — Lawrence Martin — President Joe Biden projects calm. Donald Trump has been rendered relatively silent without Twitter. Capitol Hill insurrectionists have been arrested. And armed forces are so prevalent in Washington that the capital resembles – what a disgrace for a once-proud democracy – a desolate militarized zone. Despite it all, despite the new president, despite the increased […]

Anti-abortion groups seek to dominate Conservative policy convention

Mar 5 2021 — — Social-conservative activists are seeking to dominate this month’s Conservative policy convention by electing large numbers of anti-abortion delegates, which could undermine the leadership of Erin O’Toole. The leaders of anti-abortion groups Campaign Life Coalition and RightNow have been active in nominating slates of candidates at the riding level. “We’ve done very well,” Jeff Gunnarson, national […]

PMO was alerted to Sajjan’s concerns about Vance in 2018

Mar 5 2021 — — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s top staffer told a senior adviser inside the Prime Minister’s Office three years ago that the minister was troubled by information about former chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance, shortly after the minister met with a military watchdog. Mr. Sajjan’s then-chief of staff, Zita Astravas, spoke to Elder Marques, a senior […]

A minister who ducked when the allegation came his way

Mar 5 2021 — Campbell Clark — For women in the Canadian Forces, there is no way to look up the ranks, past top military brass, to find the person who is accountable when there are allegations of sexual misconduct against high-ranking officers. There is no one. Not Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who is supposed to be responsible, but who can’t give […]