National Newswatch

Municipalities call on federal parties to support permanent doubling of gas tax transfer

Jul 23 2019 — Bill Curry — Canada’s municipalities received a surprise $2.2-billion windfall in this year’s pre-election Liberal budget in the form of a one-time doubling of the federal gas tax transfer – and now they’re calling on federal parties to support making that boost permanent. In an announcement to be released Tuesday, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will make […]

Huawei touts role in connecting Canadians, seeking to improve public image while pressing for release of CFO Meng

Jul 22 2019 — Steven Chase — Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. called a news conference in Ottawa Monday to trumpet its role in bringing high-speed wireless service to remote areas of Canada, an effort to burnish its public image as it makes major requests of the Canadian government. The company is petitioning the Trudeau government to release Meng Wanzhou, […]

Tories, Liberals trip over each other in hunt for Quebec votes

Jul 20 2019 — Barrie McKenna — It takes chutzpah to accuse your political opponent of “cynical electioneering” while blatantly trying to buy votes yourself. Then again, ‘tis the season of pandering with the October federal election looming. Take the case of the federal government’s national shipbuilding strategy, a decades-long effort to replace and refurbish federal vessels at an estimated cost of […]

Health experts denounce Scheer’s comments on Canada’s Food Guide as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘disingenuous’

Jul 18 2019 — — Health experts are denouncing Andrew Scheer’s comments on Canada’s Food Guide as “irresponsible” and “disingenuous,” accusing the Conservative Party Leader of ignoring scientific evidence in an attempt to win favour from the dairy industry. At a meeting with the Dairy Farmers of Canada earlier this week, Mr. Scheer criticized the new Canada’s Food Guide, and […]

Could populism take root in Canada? Too late – it already has

Jul 18 2019 — Andrew Potter — Ever since Donald Trump won the American presidency in 2016 with a toxic combination of sexism, vulgarity and the brazen courting of white nationalists, Canadian academics, pundits and pollsters have been obsessed with the question: “Could it happen here?” By “it,” they mean the rumblings of discontent that have propelled right-wing populists to power across […]

Trudeau toughens stance against Trump’s ‘unacceptable’ comments on U.S. congresswoman

Jul 18 2019 — Les Perreaux — Justin Trudeau has toughened his stance against the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump after the Prime Minister was criticized for his conciliatory tone confronting racist comments. “I think the comments made were hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable,” Mr. Trudeau said Thursday, following a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. “I want everyone in Canada […]

NATO secretary-general cautions on security threats to 5G network

Jul 17 2019 — Steven Chase — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says it “remains to be seen” whether the sharing of confidential information between members of the Western military alliance will be affected as countries make different decisions about allowing gear from China’s Huawei Technologies into their 5G wireless networks. He said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is trying to overhaul its […]

Alberta’s $25-a-day daycare program could be ending in early 2021

Jul 17 2019 — Justin Giovannetti — A program providing $25-a-day daycare to hundreds of children Alberta could be ending in early 2021 as the province’s new government says it needs to see data from the pilot before committing more money. Rebecca Schulz, Alberta’s Minister of Children’s Services, said Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives are looking at whether the millions spent on […]

B.C. Speaker launches second investigation of Sergeant-at-Arms

Jul 15 2019 — Ian Bailey — The B.C. Speaker has launched a second investigation into the conduct of the legislature’s Sergeant-at-Arms, even though he was cleared by an earlier probe into allegations of questionable overseas travel, inappropriate expense claims and benefits. Late last year, Gary Lenz and former legislature clerk Craig James were accused by Speaker Darryl Plecas of misspending of […]

Ottawa awarding military contract to Davie shipyard weeks before election call

Jul 15 2019 — Daniel Leblanc — The federal government will award a third of $1.5-billion in maintenance contracts on its 12 military frigates to the Davie shipyard in Quebec, which has long complained of unfair treatment under Canada’s shipbuilding strategy, federal officials said.Ottawa has been under pressure to provide additional contracts to Davie, which is located south of Quebec City in […]

Trudeau denounces Trump’s call for four minority congresswomen to leave the U.S.

Jul 15 2019 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for four minority lawmakers to “go back” and fix the “crime-infested places from which they came.” The Canadian leader made the comments during a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa northwest of Ottawa. He was asked whether he […]

Majority of Canadians support a ban on single-use plastics: poll

Jul 15 2019 — Janice Dickson — Canadians are heavily in favour of a ban on single-use plastics such as cutlery and straws, and most would be willing to pay a small premium for environmentally sustainable products, a new Nanos Research survey has found. Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government announced a plan to regulate plastic waste as part of […]