National Newswatch

Clerk’s comments ‘not providing leadership’ to change public service culture, say opposition MPs

Jun 20 2018 — Emily Haws — Canada’s top bureaucrat should have accepted comments made by the auditor general in his scathing report on the Phoenix pay system, say opposition MPs, as his refusal undermines the credibility of the auditor general’s work and shows that the systemic cultural issues noted are alive and well in the bureaucracy’s upper ranks. Liberal MPs, meanwhile, […]

Centre Block closure, renos delayed until after summer

Jun 14 2018 — — After months of uncertainty, it was made official today that Centre Block would be open for business this summer after all, delaying until January the planned decade-long renovation that was expected to begin after the House of Commons and Senate vacate the building after rising this month.

Republicans pressure Trump to drop tariffs after Trudeau retaliation, but it might not matter, say U.S. trade watchers

Jun 11 2018 — Peter Mazereeuw — Republican lawmakers are pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., likely making the case that the move could pave the road to his impeachment, say a former trade adviser to U.S. politicians and a Canadian lobbyist tracking the trade battle. “The only hope there is the Republican leadership […]

Emboldened by Ontario’s election results, opposition MPs warn Liberals ‘there are no safe seats,’ anymore, but Grits say they’re not taking anything for granted

Jun 11 2018 — Abbas Rana — Emboldened by a sweeping majority win in the most populous province in the country last week, Conservatives and NDP on the Hill say there are no safe seats for federal Liberals in Ontario in 2019, but the Grits say they aren’t take anything for granted after Ontario Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne’s spectacular and crushing defeat […]

Wynne’s concession isn’t brave, it’s a clumsy cop-out

Jun 6 2018 — Tim Powers — Kathleen Wynne’s election concession some five days before Ontarians vote in their June 7 provincial election was the latest bizarre twist in Ontario’s crazy year of politics. Some members of Wynne’s team are framing this as a great selfless act that will liberate local candidates from the premier’s current toxic brand, potentially giving some of […]

Tory, NDP leadership candidates still owe thousands in campaign debts

Jun 6 2018 — Samantha Wright Allen — A dozen former Conservative and NDP leadership contenders still owe money from their campaigns, according to Elections Canada, while the group’s biggest debtor, Tory competitor Kevin O’Leary, calls the rules around repayment “outrageous,” “unfair,” and “unCanadian.” The TV personality and businessman said he has paid off about $139,00 of the $529,00 he was reported as […]

With Wynne headed for big loss, federal NDP and Conservatives set to target Ontario ridings for 2019, say political players

Jun 4 2018 — Abbas Rana — With Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne headed for big loss in this week’s provincial election, veteran federal political players say Thursday’s results will provide a roadmap for the federal NDP and Conservatives for possible winnable ridings in the 2019 election and they say the federal Liberals won’t have the provincial machine that helped them win […]

Trans Mountain purchase to expose Liberals on multiple fronts, say pollsters: ‘they wear everybody’s mistakes’

Jun 4 2018 — — Buying the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline has made the governing Liberals politically vulnerable on multiple fronts and will likely endanger seats in British Columbia and Quebec without providing a boost in Alberta, say pollsters. The controversial move, announced by Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre, Man.) and Finance Minister Bill Morneau (Toronto Centre, […]