National Newswatch

Stalling Conservative Senators Don’t Respect Human Rights: Cree MP

Jun 21 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — The House of Commons has officially adjourned for the summer, but NDP MP Romeo Saganash says he’s still working on getting his Indigenous rights bill past the finish line in the Senate. Saganash introduced his private member’s bill more than three years ago, proposing that the federal government adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration […]

The Very Way Cities Like Toronto Are Run Is Making Inequality Worse

Jun 18 2019 — Brittany Andrew-Amofah — Conversations on matters of municipal governance, autonomy and local power have found their way back into mainstream politics — specifically, on the need to empower municipal governments to better address the needs of their cities. But as conversations coalesce around the need for stronger federal-municipal partnerships, little focus has been put on the people of […]

Premiers Waging War On Trudeau Won’t Be Limited On Campaign-Style Spending

Jun 12 2019 — Althia Raj — As conservative premiers wage war against the federal Liberals’ agenda, Elections Canada reconfirmed Tuesday that the provinces will be able to spend unlimited amounts of money campaigning against Justin Trudeau’s team in the lead-up to the general election this October. The independent non-partisan agency that runs federal contests and is charged with applying and interpreting […]

Scheer Dodges Question About Extreme Weather And Climate Change

Jun 11 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — A Tory MP was called out by a scientist for sharing “dangerously misleading” information about climate change. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won’t say whether he thinks extreme weather events have anything to do with climate change and human activity. Over the weekend, deputy leader Lisa Raitt tweeted a link to an article published in the […]

Trudeau Digs At Conservative Leader For Still ’Consulting’ Harper

Jun 11 2019 — Althia Raj — In a rallying call to Liberal donors Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau painted the next election as a choice between moving forward with the Grits’ progressive agenda or sliding backwards with Conservative cuts and Stephen Harper-era politics. In a seven-minute speech to his supporters, many of whom have contributed at least $1,500 a year to […]

Ontario PCs Deny 5-Month Summer Break Is About Helping Andrew Scheer

Jun 6 2019 — — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government says the move to extend its summer recess until the end of October has nothing to do with the federal election. “This was a decision that was made by our cabinet and our team here in Ontario. It’s time for us to sit down, talk on where we’re going to go […]

Trudeau Grilled Over ‘Anti-Conservative’ Unifor’s Role In Media Bailout Plan

May 28 2019 — Althia Raj — Without a hint of irony, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cited Unifor’s praise for his government’s handling of the NAFTA file Tuesday as Conservative MPs spent question period attacking his government’s relationship with the “anti-Conservative” union. Trudeau was grilled over the decision to appoint Unifor as one of eight groups who will name a panel of […]

Unifor Accuses Scheer Of Making ‘Trump-Style Attack’ On Canadian Media

May 24 2019 — Zi-Ann Lum — Bad blood continues to boil between Canada’s largest private-sector union and the federal Conservatives. Unifor Canada spokesperson Howard Law accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on Thursday of launching a “Trump-style attack on media.” He evoked the U.S. president’s name after being asked about Scheer’s criticism of the union’s involvement in the federal government’s $595-million support […]

Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s Ex-Adviser, Opens Up On SNC-Lavalin Affair, Politics, And What’s Next

May 4 2019 — Althia Raj — Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s longtime friend and adviser, will not be replicating his role in the next election campaign, he told HuffPost Canada’s “Follow-Up” podcast. In a wide-ranging interview — his first since the SNC-Lavalin affair erupted — Butts said he intends to move on from politics and join the private sector. “It’s […]