National Newswatch

Trump warns Trudeau on lack of defence spending ahead of NATO summit

Jun 22 2018 — — Just weeks ahead of the NATO summit U.S. President Donald Trump is calling on allies, including Canada, to increase defence spending on NATO. It comes by way of a letter, obtained by iPolitics, written on White House letterhead and signed by Trump, that was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 19. “There is […]

Trump gives Trudeau a golden ticket, but can he cash in?

Jun 22 2018 — Michael Harris — For Justin Trudeau, spotty record and all, Donald Trump could be the improbable ticket to re-election. The question is, does Trudeau understand why the Trump card is so important? The domestic political situation facing Trudeau and his Liberal government is increasingly gloomy. Whether he knows it or not, the disappointment amongst the coalition that gave […]

Trudeau calls Ford plan to fight carbon tax ‘unfortunate’

Jun 20 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t pleased with Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford’s plan to scrap Ontario’s cap-and-trade system the day his government is sworn in. “On the environment, the premier-designate has notified us that he intends to withdraw from the national climate plan. This is obviously unfortunate,” Trudeau told reporters Wednesday. “We would rather he not […]

Trudeau needs a calm summer (don’t all laugh at once)

Jun 19 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs a better summer in 2018 than he had in 2017 — and the Chicoutimi-Le Fjord byelection was not exactly the most auspicious start. Publicly, Liberals are casting the Conservative victory as not a big deal — the byelection, they’re saying, was always going to be an uphill struggle against local […]

Maxime Bernier quietly booted from industry committee

Jun 19 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Shortly after being stripped of his industry critic portfolio, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier has lost his seat on the industry committee as well. A report was quietly tabled in the House of Commons on June 14, two days after Bernier got the boot from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet. It called for Conservative MP […]

Top Trudeau advisor slams Ford on cap-and-trade

Jun 18 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary is taking on Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford’s decision to scrap cap-and-trade. In tweets sent since Ford’s Friday announcement Gerald Butts accused Ford of inviting “pointless litigation” by pulling Ontario out of the carbon pricing market with California and Quebec. And suggested businesses have now wasted billions in a market […]

Ottawa to impose Ontario carbon tax when Ford scraps cap-and-trade

Jun 15 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford says on the day his government is sworn in he will cancel cap-and-trade, and already Ottawa is promising that move will lead to a federal carbon tax instead. “As of June the 29, the cap-and-trade, the carbon tax they’re gone, they’re done,” Ford told reporters Friday morning. “This will mean relief […]

Kicked out of shadow cabinet, Maxime Bernier raises $30,000

Jun 15 2018 — Kyle Duggan — In spite of his recent demotion to the backbenches, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is proving that his fundraising chops are still strong. Just a few days after being booted from his role as innovation critic after he re-circulated a controversial promo-chapter from his shelved book project, Maxime Bernier raised a cool $30,000 in one day. […]

Government says Senate has to be the one to give Beyak the boot

Jun 15 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — The government says it cannot remove Sen. Lynn Beyak from the Red Chamber for racist remarks despite a petition urging it to do just that. “The other place must decide how to handle this regrettable situation,” the government said in a response, which was tabled Wednesday. Beyak came under fire last year for suggesting it […]