National Newswatch

Majority of Canadians may support TMX, but the project remains an electoral risk for Liberals: pollsters

Jul 17 2019 — Laura Ryckewaert — Recent polls may indicate a majority of Canadians support the government’s plowing ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but with further opposition actions expected, experts say the best Liberals can likely hope for is to not lose too many progressive voters. “It’s very unlikely that it’s going to help them win support anywhere […]

Despite Greens’ rising popularity, NDP and Bloc more likely to hold balance of power in next House: pollster Lyle

Jul 15 2019 — Abbas Rana — Although the Green Party is recording historic highs in public opinion polls and has made recent gains in a byelection and some provincial elections, pollster Greg Lyle predicts the New Democrats and the Bloc will likely be more influential if a minority government is elected in October’s federal election. “We take it with a grain […]

Next PM to quicken or quell Senator independence, with nearly a quarter set to retire next Parliament

Jul 10 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system. That bloc isn’t close to the historic number of vacancies during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, […]

Ford’s Ontario cuts, drop in SNC-Lavalin media coverage, return of female support helping Libs, but it’s still a ‘coin toss,’ say pollsters

Jul 8 2019 — Abbas Rana — After weeks of attracting low support in national public opinion polls, the Liberals are starting to bounce back chiefly because of Ontario Premier Doug Ford government’s controversial cuts in social services, the dissipation of media coverage on SNC-Lavalin affair, closer scrutiny of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the return of women support back to the […]

Liberal MP Tan’s wife eyes party nomination in wake of his decision not to seek re-election to ‘spend time with family’

Jul 4 2019 — Abbas Rana — Dr. Xinglai Laura Huang, wife of Liberal MP Geng Tan, who works as a scientist at Environment Canada, is seeking the Liberal nomination in their riding, Don Valley North, in Toronto. Rookie Liberal MP Geng Tan unexpectedly announced last month that he won’t seek re-election in the fall to “spend more time with his family,” […]

U.S. envoy Craft to miss Ottawa Fourth of July festivities for Calgary party

Jul 4 2019 — — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is skipping the Fourth of July celebration in Ottawa to attend the consulate’s party in Calgary. The outgoing envoy tweeted on Thursday that she’s “happy to be celebrating in Calgary with Canadian friends,” in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (Papineau, Que.) Independence Day greeting. An embassy spokesperson confirmed […]

Approved public service mental health claims pass 50 per cent threshold for first time

Jul 3 2019 — — Claims involving mental health conditions represented 52 per cent of disability insurance claims approved for federal public service employees in 2018, according to data contained in a Public Service Alliance of Canada presentation on federal public service disability trends. This information was provided to The Hill Times and was based on the contents of a […]

Continued Liberal delays to end sexist Indian status rules ‘baffling’ to Indigenous advocates

Jul 3 2019 — Samantha Wright Allen — With days left on Canada’s deadline to answer an international body’s ruling that Canada address the government’s ongoing discrimination against First Nations women, advocates say Canada should have more than an election promise for women who have been waiting years to see the practice stop. In January, the United Nations Human Rights Committee gave Canada […]