National Newswatch

Conservative politicians, oil executives map out strategy for ousting Liberals in growing collaboration

Apr 25 2019 — — Top Conservative politicians met with oil-industry executives at a private conference to map out strategy for ousting Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a sign of growing collaboration between the Alberta-based sector and its political backers ahead of the federal election this fall.The closed-door event reflects the deep ties between federal Conservatives and more activist elements of […]

CEO of U.S. firm selling cannabis technology attended $1,600 Liberal Party fundraiser with Justin Trudeau

Apr 24 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The chief executive officer of a U.S. company that sells cannabis technology attended a Liberal fundraiser featuring Justin Trudeau earlier this month in Toronto and later said in a news release that the Prime Minister encouraged him to make Canada a testing ground for using artificial intelligence to tailor medical marijuana products.

PMO vets potential judges with Liberal database

Apr 24 2019 — — The Prime Minister’s Office is using a private party database called Liberalist in its background checks on candidates for judicial appointments, a tool that allows them to see whether would-be judges have supported the Liberal Party in recent years, records show. The Liberal Party designed the database to be used for partisan purposes, such as […]

Then-Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown asked donor to give funds to girlfriend

Apr 23 2019 — — Patrick Brown told a top Ontario Progressive Conservative Party donor to give $5,000 to the then-leader’s girlfriend on the same day he agreed to let the supporter’s candidate run in a controversial nomination race, according to newly unsealed court documents. Mr. Brown was under “pressure” from the Indian consulate to reject the candidate, an individual […]

Ford government to cut $1-billion in funding to Toronto Public Health over 10 years, board chair says

Apr 19 2019 — — The Ontario government has told local public-health units it is slashing provincial funding for programs such as food safety and water-quality inspections and immunization controls – cuts amounting to almost $200-million over the next two years in Toronto. Mayor John Tory condemned the move, which he said was “hidden” in the recent provincial budget and […]

Kenney moves to confront B.C., court Quebec over pipelines

Apr 18 2019 — Justin Giovannetti — Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney says he’ll confront provincial barriers to pipelines immediately upon taking office later this month, targeting British Columbia with a threat to stop oil and gas shipments while taking a softer approach with Quebec that will focus instead on selling the merits of the province’s crude. Mr. Kenney, who will be sworn […]

Did Jody Wilson-Raybould understand her role as attorney-general?

Apr 17 2019 — Brian Greenspan — The reputation and integrity of the administration of criminal justice in Canada has recently been challenged by critics who betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the responsibilities of key participants in our justice system. Regrettably, these misconceptions have been fuelled by our former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould. There is no question that the attorney-general must exercise her […]

UCP leads NDP by eight points in pre-election poll as Alberta’s advance voting surges

Apr 15 2019 — — Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party entered the final weekend before Alberta’s provincial election with a comfortable eight-point lead over Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail, near the end of a divisive campaign that has largely focused on the province’s persistent economic problems. If Mr. Kenney turns […]

Independent senator’s $15,000 poll finds many Canadians view the Senate as a pointless waste of money

Apr 12 2019 — Bill Curry — An independent senator is facing criticism for spending more than $15,000 from her office budget on a poll that found many Canadians view the Senate as ineffective and a waste of money. Independent Senator Donna Dasko,a nationally recognized pollster who was appointed to the Senate in June, 2018, commissioned the Nanos Research survey and released […]

Justin Trudeau, a Prime Minister of symbols, falls to Earth

Apr 11 2019 — Scott Reid — Justin Trudeau is a mortal now. That might seem like a ridiculous observation. What right-thinking person ever considered the Prime Minister to be something other than an actual flesh-and-blood, breathing mammal? But if you consider the unique political space he occupied until only recently – if you acknowledge the symbolism and implied promise that so […]

Scheer pushes Trudeau to sue him over SNC-Lavalin by making comments outside protection of House

Apr 10 2019 — Steven Chase — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stood outside the House of Commons, without the immunity from lawsuits the chamber would afford him, and repeated word-for-word the March 29 press release on the SNC-Lavalin scandal that sparked the threat of legal action from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr. Scheer said he welcomes court proceedings over his statements, adding […]