National Newswatch

Scheer says a Conservative government would continue campaign for UN Security Council seat

Jul 9 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would continue Canada’s campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council if he becomes Prime Minister following this fall’s federal election. However, Mr. Scheer said he would not “sell out” Canadian principles, including democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights, in an effort to secure […]

When Canada’s legislatures don’t sit, we all lose

Jul 8 2019 — Dale Smith — “I try never to go over there. Because it’s sick. It’s a sick culture.” These words have stayed with me since then-B.C. premier Christy Clark uttered them in 2012, defending her decision to cancel an entire sitting of the legislature. “All they can think about is government, and there are no real people in Victoria, […]

Federal political parties receiving classified security briefings on potential campaign threats

Jul 4 2019 — — Federal political parties are now receiving classified security briefings about potential foreign interference in the October election campaign, but Canadian intelligence officials say no specific threat has so far been identified. The private briefings for political parties by security officials are one element of a plan announced in January that included the creation of a […]

Major federal parties charter planes for fall federal election

Jul 2 2019 — Michelle Zilio — The three main federal political parties have chartered planes for this fall’s election, cementing their logistical plans to crisscross Canada during the campaign. The Liberals, Conservatives and NDP confirmed to The Globe and Mail that they have booked planes to jet their leaders and campaign teams across the country to pitch their platforms to Canadians. […]

China escalates pressure on detainee issue with seizure of Michael Kovrig’s glasses

Jul 2 2019 — Robert Fife — Chinese authorities have confiscated the reading glasses of imprisoned Canadian Michael Kovrig as Beijing increases political and economic pressure on Canada to allow a detained senior Huawei Technologies executive to return home, sources say. The confiscation is the latest move by Chinese authorities against Mr. Kovrig and fellow Canadian, Michael Spavor, who are now in […]

White House refuses to say whether Trump, as he promised Trudeau, raised issue of detained Canadians with Xi

Jul 2 2019 — Adrian Morrow — The American and Canadian governments are refusing to say whether U.S. President Donald Trump raised the cases of two Canadians detained in China during his meeting Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr. Trump vowed during a White House meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month that he would press Mr. Xi on the […]

Federal review of Export Development Canada finds inadequate disclosure practices

Jul 2 2019 — — A federal review of Export Development Canada has exposed serious shortcomings at the Crown corporation, noting its disclosure practices fall far short of other financial institutions, and that the agency is not legally obligated to consider the environmental or human-rights impact of the financial support it provides to exporters. The agency, which gives loans, credit […]

Carbon-tax court challenge backfires before election

Jun 29 2019 — Campbell Clark — The provincial premiers who took Ottawa to court over the carbon tax have seen it blow up in their faces. Just look at what Ontario’s Court of Appeal said on Friday, in crisp legal prose, and in black and white. First, the federal government’s carbon-levy “backstop” is perfectly within Ottawa’s jurisdiction. And second, it’s not […]

Andrew Scheer presses Trudeau to release details of settlement with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

Jun 28 2019 — Janice Dickson — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to disclose the details of the settlement the government reached with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The Department of National Defence issued a statement this week on behalf of the government and Vice-Adm. Norman, saying counsels for each party reached a “mutually accepted agreement” after discussions […]