National Newswatch

Maxime Bernier Plays The Game Of Risk On Immigration

Dec 9 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Love him or hate him, Maxime Bernier is a newsmaker. The People’s Party of Canada leader has rebranded himself as a political upstart after a highly publicized break up with the federal Conservatives this summer. But is Bernier’s party picking up enough support to spook the Tories?

Scheer Booed By Chiefs For Failing To Differentiate Himself From Harper

Dec 6 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was booed at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly Thursday after he was unable to explain how he’s different from Stephen Harper. Scheer had just finished a speech at Ottawa’s Westin hotel, pledging his commitment to reconciliation when the floor was opened to questions. Former prime minister Harper “lost […]

Bill C-76 Opens ‘Opportunity’ For Foreign Governments To Influence Canadian Elections, Senators Told

Nov 29 2018 — Althia Raj — More Canadians living abroad should not be allowed to vote, a Senate committee heard Thursday, because hostile foreign governments might use their mail-in ballots to fraudulently influence federal elections. Speaking to the upper chamber’s legal and constitutional affairs committee, expat journalist David Frum told his sister, Conservative Sen. Linda Frum, and her colleagues that while […]

Edmonton MP Kerry Diotte Sues U of A Student Newspaper For Calling Him Racist

Nov 21 2018 — Samantha Beattie — Almost two weeks after threatening legal action against some Twitter users, Edmonton MP Kerry Diotte is suing a student newspaper for calling him racist. The Gateway at the University of Alberta published a news story and editorial online earlier this month that criticized Diotte for supporting white nationalist Faith Goldy. Diotte claims the articles made […]

Andrew Scheer’s Camp Says Pressing Doug Ford On Ontario’s French Services Cuts ‘Like Talking To A Wall’

Nov 19 2018 — Althia Raj — Blindsided by the Ontario premier’s decision to cut French services, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s camp is hoping that Doug Ford realizes he’s set off a national debate that could hurt Scheer in next year’s federal election. “We are associated to a decision that we did not help make, that we were not aware of — […]

Canadian Government Introducing Anti-Poverty Legislation Next Week, Duclos Says

Nov 2 2018 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal government will introduce its Poverty Reduction Act next week, bringing forward new legislation to implement Canada’s first-ever official poverty line, HuffPost Canada has learned. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos said in an interview Thursday that having an official measure and target in place will force the government to be […]

Canadian Charities Balk At Proposed Liberal Tax Changes

Oct 14 2018 — Althia Raj — Canadian charities whose status was targeted by prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives say they are concerned that changes the Liberals are proposing won’t prevent a future government from going after them again. Canada Without Poverty and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation told HuffPost Canada they were distressed to discover Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is […]