National Newswatch

Ford government disbands Liberals’ expert panel to end violence against women

Oct 18 2018 — — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has pulled the plug on an expert panel to end violence against women that was established under the Liberals to provide strategic advice on policies. Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, who is also responsible for women’s issues, immigration and poverty reduction, informed the panel, called the Roundtable on Violence […]

Canadians strongly opposed to lobbyists’ attendance at exclusive party fundraisers, Nanos poll finds

Oct 18 2018 — Bill Curry — Canadians are strongly opposed to allowing lobbyists to buy their way into exclusive political fundraisers featuring party leaders, according to a new Nanos Research survey. The Globe and Mail reported last month that the Liberal Party frequently allows lobbyists to attend what it calls “Laurier Club” donor-appreciation events, which feature Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or […]

The narrative of Jamal Khashoggi’s death has been negotiated. Justice will not be served

Oct 17 2018 — Bessma Momani — After nearly two weeks of unending attention on the disappearance and now confirmed death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the powers have finally agreed upon a narrative that can satisfy all interested parties’ state interests. Make no mistake, the now agreed upon story of Mr. Khashoggi’s death was a negotiated one between Saudi Arabia, the […]

Premier Ford won’t meet with top Trudeau minister Dominic LeBlanc this week

Oct 16 2018 — Laura Stone — As tensions increase between the federal and Ontario governments, Premier Doug Ford’s office says he won’t be meeting this week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s point man on federal-provincial relations due to “scheduling constraints.” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is making his first trip to Queen’s Park since being named to his new role this […]

Democratic Institutions Minister rejects call to subject political parties to privacy laws

Oct 16 2018 — Bill Curry — The federal government is rejecting opposition calls for its electoral reform bill to be amended to subject political parties to federal privacy laws. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould appeared Monday as the last scheduled witness before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee dives into a marathon effort this week to review and vote on more […]

Ottawa holds consultations on racism behind closed doors

Oct 15 2018 — Daniel Leblanc — The federal government has quietly launched a series of closed-door consultations on the issue of racism, hoping to avoid heated public debates on issues such as Islamophobia and systemic racism. “The meetings are not held in public for the simple reason that we want to be able to have in-depth discussions with experts across the […]

Tories would not challenge proposed Quebec ban on religious symbols in the workplace, MP says

Oct 15 2018 — Daniel Leblanc — The federal Conservatives say they would not stand in the way of the Quebec government if it moves to bar some provincial employees from wearing religious symbols at work. In an interview, Conservative MP Gérard Deltell said his party accepts the incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government’s right to introduce legislation on the matter, would not […]