National Newswatch

Wynne squanders golden opportunity by throwing ‘Trump card’ early

Apr 19 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — With the Ontario election 50 days away, and the provincial Liberals trailing badly in the polls, Premier Kathleen Wynne did the inevitable: she played the Trump card. While making a health care announcement at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, the Liberal Premier compared PC leader Doug Ford to the US President. “Doug Ford sounds like Donald […]

Liberal MP Neil Ellis hospitalized

Apr 18 2018 — Tim Naumetz — MP Neil Ellis was rushed to hospital from his Parliament Hill office Tuesday evening. Liberal caucus whip Pablo Rodriquez was unable to provide details after confirming the first-term Ontario MP had experienced a significant medical event. ‘’There was an issue that occurred which involved one individual only and it was a result of a medical […]

Mounties gearing up for ‘historic’ certification vote to unionize

Apr 18 2018 — Kathryn May — RCMP officers have reached another milestone in their drive to form their first union. The National Police Federation, which applied to represent 18,000 RCMP members, said a certification vote will be held this spring for Mounties to decide on the labour organization to represent them. The Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board, which […]

Wynne calls Ford Ontario’s Trump

Apr 18 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took her attacks on the Progressive Conservative leader to the next level Wednesday, calling Doug Ford Ontario’s Donald Trump. “Doug Ford sounds like Donald Trump and that’s because he is like Donald Trump,” Wynne told reporters. “He believes in [an] ugly vicious brand of politics that traffics in smears and lies. […]

Khalid pushes back against criticism over event with Assad supporter

Apr 17 2018 — Janice Dickson — Liberal MP Iqra Khalid is pushing back against criticism over her decision to introduce a religious leader at an event who reportedly supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Like any MP, I engage with a diverse array of individuals, stakeholders and groups in my community-many of them I don’t agree with. I recently attended a community […]

Meeting helped “de-risk” the danger of a full-blown pipeline crisis

Apr 15 2018 — Susan Delacourt — It’s been a weekend filled with talk of “de-risking” and “deconfliction.” The “derisking” conversation was swirling around the pipeline meeting on Sunday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. The talk about “deconfliction” was about another news story altogether — much-discussed in the context of U.S. military strikes in […]

Gun bill battle grows after ‘Canada’s NRA’ reference in Liberal fundraiser

Apr 12 2018 — Tim Naumetz — A national coalition of gun owners is furious after Liberal party disclosed the advocacy group referenced in a Liberal fundraising email blitz over government gun-control legislation last month was “Canada’s NRA.” As firearm owner reaction to the bill grows, the popularity of a Commons E-Petition attacking the legislation suggests the battle over the firearm initiative […]

Bernier loses sight of end game with whiny, divisive book

Apr 11 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Don’t cry over spilled milk. It’s one of the cardinal rules in politics, particularly when you lose an election. What’s done is done: best to move on with grace, even if you still seethe in silence, and wait for the next opportunity to reenter the fray. Unless you are Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, that is.

Conservatives lose motion to quash Trost case

Apr 11 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The Conservative party has lost its bid to toss failed leadership candidate Brad Trost’s court case. In a decision released Monday, Justice Markus Koehnen rejected two arguments put forward by the Conservatives to immediately quash Trost’s case and punted a third one to the review panel scheduled to hear the case. “I am referring the […]

Canadians’ trust in Facebook in free fall: report

Apr 10 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Canadians’ trust in Facebook appears to be in free fall — and it’s a downward plummet that started even before the ongoing uproar over alleged abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining firms. An annual “CanTrust Index” is showing a 17-point drop in trust for Facebook in just one year — from […]

Tory senators meet with U.S. Attorney General to talk pot legalization

Apr 4 2018 — Kyle Duggan — Three Conservative Senators are meeting with Trump administration officials in Washington today to talk about Canada’s plans to legalize cannabis. The trio – Sens. Claude Carignan, Denise Batters, and Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu – said in a joint statement that they were dissatisfied with explanations from top bureaucrats and Liberal cabinet ministers testifying on how legalizing cannabis […]