National Newswatch

RCMP interviews Jody Wilson-Raybould to discuss political interference in SNC criminal prosecution

Sep 11 2019 — Daniel Leblanc and Robert Fife — Former justice minister and attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould met with RCMP investigators this week to discuss political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and called on the Trudeau government to waive cabinet confidentiality for her and all other witnesses to allow a thorough probe into potential obstruction of justice.Ms. Wilson-Raybould told The Globe […]

With Parliament, the Ethics Commissioner and now the RCMP frustrated, Wilson-Raybould and Philpott must speak their truth

Sep 11 2019 — John Ibbitson — Did Justin Trudeau threaten to demote Jody Wilson-Raybould from the role of attorney-general unless she intervened to protect SNC-Lavalin from prosecution on corruption charges? The RCMP would like to know, and so would every Canadian. But this government refuses to release those involved from their oath of secrecy, frustrating the police inquiry and the public […]

Ottawa blocks RCMP on SNC-Lavalin inquiry

Sep 11 2019 — Daniel Leblanc and Robert Fife — The RCMP has been looking into potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., but its examination has been stymied by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses, The Globe and Mail has learned.This means individuals involved in the matter cannot discuss events or share […]

Federal election campaign set to begin Wednesday

Sep 10 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to visit Governor-General Julie Payette on Wednesday morning to kick off the election campaign, Liberal sources said. Liberal campaign workers told The Globe that they have been told that Mr. Trudeau will visit Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday morning to seek a dissolution of Parliament. Mr. Trudeau is […]

Trudeau’s future hinges on known unknowns

Sep 9 2019 — Andrew Steele — In the lead-up to the Iraq War, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld startled reporters by talking about known knowns and known unknowns. Mocked as obfuscating, Mr. Rumsfeld was referencing the “Johari window,” adapted from psychology by NASA to understand risk in strategic planning. In political strategy, the Johari window breaks-down knowledge into the presence […]

Bernier’s vitriol toward Greta Thunberg showcases a wider trend of contempt by political figures

Sep 4 2019 — John Ibbitson — On Monday, Maxime Bernier sent out a string of tweets attacking Greta Thunberg, the student environmental activist. The leader of the new People’s Party seeks to bring to Canada a poison afflicting many democracies: the collapse of convention. That approach is working for politicians in other countries. We can only hope it fails here. Mr. […]

The Alberta economy needs to be a ballot question for you: Conservative MP Michelle Rempel’s message to Canada

Aug 31 2019 — Michelle Zilio — In her Calgary Nose Hill riding, a key Conservative MP is mobilizing for the election against the Trudeau government. At the age of 33, Michelle Rempel made history as the youngest-ever Canadian female cabinet minister. Now, the 39-year-old Conservative MP is one of the most prominent members of the Conservative power base heading into the […]

Police probe continues as details emerge in Kevin O’Leary boat crash

Aug 31 2019 — — On the Muskoka lakes that form the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, most everyone travels by boat between multimillion-dollar vacation homes, grocery stores, golf resorts and waterfront bars. Most trips are a summer dream, a chance to skim across the water past granite cliffs and pine forests. As cottagers arrive in Muskoka for the final […]

Canadian, Chinese officials in contact after Beijing accuses Canada, U.S. of ‘singing a duet’ on detainees dispute

Aug 30 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian and Chinese officials are in contact even after China accused Canada of collaborating with the United States to mislead the world about the arrest of a Huawei executive in Vancouver and the subsequent detentions of two Canadians in China. Ms. Freeland told reports on Friday in Toronto that […]