National Newswatch

Norman returning to active duty after Crown says his actions were ‘inappropriate,’ not criminal

May 9 2019 — — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is returning to active duty with the Canadian Forces after the Crown dropped a breach of trust charge against him. The federal prosecutor said on Wednesday that new documents the prosecution received from the defence revealed that the senior naval officer’s actions in relation to a shipbuilding contract were “inappropriate,” but that […]

China ignores overtures from Ottawa amid Huawei dispute

May 8 2019 — — Canadian leaders have been unable to communicate with Chinese decision-makers in the midst of the worst diplomatic crisis between the two countries in decades, with Beijing not responding to Ottawa’s entreaties to talk amid mounting damage to trade with the world’s second-largest economy. Five different Canadian federal ministers have requested conversations with top-level Chinese officials […]

Conservative, independent senators table competing changes to Trudeau government’s controversial resource bill

May 7 2019 — — Conservative and Independent Senators on Tuesday tabled competing packages of amendments to the government’s much-criticized Bill C-69 that aims to overhaul Ottawa’s system for approving major resource projects. The Conservative version would require fundamental changes sought by some provinces, and major oil and pipeline industry associations but would likely be rejected by the Liberal government. […]

If B.C. by-election is a harbinger of things to come, then the Liberals and NDP had better watch out

May 7 2019 — John Ibbitson — An important eve-of-the-general-election-by-election has delivered the Greens a powerful victory, while shaking both Liberals and New Democrats to the core. And the result offers further proof that Canada continues to resist the tide of intolerance sweeping the rest of the democratic world. Paul Manly will join Elizabeth May as Canada’s second Green Member of Parliament, […]

Latvia offers Canada help in ‘likely’ election interference

May 6 2019 — Steven Chase — The Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia, a country regularly targeted by Russian disinformation campaigns, is offering to help Canada address foreign meddling in this country’s upcoming federal election. Artis Pabriks, who is also Latvia’s Defence Minister, is visiting Ottawa where he will meet with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Latvia is the location of Canada’s biggest […]

After two years, Scheer plans to tell us who he really is

May 6 2019 — — He’s leading in the polls, and now Andrew Scheer is about to embark on an effort to give Canadians an idea of what kind of leader he would be. The Conservative Leader remains an undefined entity six months from an election. He’s been called Stephen Harper with a smile, but most of what Canadians have […]

PMO confirms use partisan database Liberalist to vet prospective senators

May 2 2019 — Daniel Leblanc — The Prime Minister’s Office acknowledges that it uses a partisan database called Liberalist to conduct background checks on prospective senators before appointing them to sit as independents.The government came under fire after The Globe and Mail revealed last week that prospective judges were being put through the Liberal database, which states whether individuals have been […]

Jagmeet Singh’s memoir is an act of rare courage

May 1 2019 — John Ibbitson — Love and Courage is a political memoir like no other. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has written a harrowing tale of growing up in a world blighted by physical and sexual abuse, blatant racism and his father’s addiction to alcohol. But there was also love: for family members struggling to navigate chaos, for friends who rescued […]