National Newswatch

Board Of Internal Economy To Open Its Doors For The 1st Time

Oct 17 2017 — Althia Raj — The secretive committee of MPs that governs the House of Commons will hold its first public meeting Thursday. The Board of Internal Economy has long been criticized for its in-camera nature. The committee oversees MPs’ budgets and spending, security and building management, and adjudicates human resources issues, such as allegations of wrongful dismissal and of […]

Diane Lebouthillier Denies Tossing Civil Servants Under Bus On Employee Discounts Tax Controversy

Oct 16 2017 — Althia Raj — Canada’s revenue minister denied throwing public servants under the bus Monday, a few days after her staff blamed her department’s civil servants for a public outcry over taxing employee benefits. Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier told reporters four times Monday that she had not been made aware of a changing interpretation of the Income […]

At Different Pressers, Trudeau Fields Questions For His Finance Minister, While Scheer Ends Things Abruptly

Oct 16 2017 — Ryan Maloney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer each had unusual exchanges with reporters Monday as they tried to keep separate press conferences on message. In Stouffville, Ont., Trudeau thwarted a reporter’s attempt to directly press Finance Minister Bill Morneau and, minutes later, told another journalist aiming to speak with Morneau that he had […]

Jagmeet Singh Suggests CBC’s Insistent Questioning About Alleged Terrorist Was Racist

Oct 15 2017 — Althia Raj — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh thinks a controversial CBC interview in which he was asked repeatedly to denounce the veneration of alleged Air India mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar was racist. “Should I just say ‘yes’ directly? I think there was definitely some sort of clear problematic line of thought behind that question, so I’m definitely concerned […]

A Mexican Journalist Asked Trudeau For A Photo And Of Course He Agreed

Oct 13 2017 — Mohamed Omar — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured Mexico that he remains committed to renegotiating NAFTA and, evidently, appearing in photographs with practically anyone who asks. Trudeau was taking questions from the media at a joint news conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Thursday when one journalist had a, shall we say, different kind of inquiry.

Dane Lloyd, Federal Tory Candidate, Once Tried To Start A Canadian NRA ‘Movement’

Oct 11 2017 — Zi-Ann Lum — The federal Conservative candidate vying for Rona Ambrose’s former seat once tried to recruit enough members to incorporate a Canadian chapter of the National Rifle Association. Dane Lloyd, who is a 26-year-old candidate running in the Sturgeon River-Parkland byelection, started a Libertarianism-inspired Facebook group in 2009 with the intention to turn it into a “big […]

Jagmeet Singh Would ‘Respect’ Quebec’s Separation In Event Of Another Referendum

Oct 11 2017 — Althia Raj — Campaigning in a byelection in sovereigntist territory Tuesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh suggested he would be comfortable if Quebecers decided to split from the rest of Canada. Speaking to reporters in Alma, Quebec, in the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean where residents twice voted to separate — by an almost three-to-one ratio during the 1995 referendum — […]

Jagmeet Singh, NDP Leadership Candidate, Says He’s Ready To Lead

Sep 30 2017 — Althia Raj — “Why is he so mean?” Jagmeet Singh asks. The NDP leadership hopeful leans back against the window in the boardroom of the NDP’s headquarters in Ottawa. He has just concluded back-to-back interviews with members of the parliamentary press gallery and “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.” Dressed in a pinstriped dark blue suit, no socks and […]