National Newswatch

Treatment of Liberal MP is precisely why women don’t report

Dec 7 2017 — Vicky Mochama — This week, Conservative MP James Bezan rose in the House to apologize for a comment that he had made to Liberal MP Sherry Romanado. “I have nothing but the greatest respect for this member, for this institution, and I sincerely apologize,” Bezan said. This apology came after a review by the House of Commons’ chief […]

Canada can use its words to ease tensions as Quebec drops the ‘hi’

Dec 4 2017 — Vicky Mochama — Bonjour, hi! For some, it’s a welcoming greeting meaning “hello, hi.” (That translation comes courtesy of ten years of French education, folks.) For others, it’s a hostile attack on the French language and the Québécois. Naturally, many of the latter are in the Parti Québécois who passed a motion in the Quebec national assembly inviting […]

The royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle will fix racism

Nov 29 2017 — Vicky Mochama — I am thrilled Meghan Markle is marrying Prince Harry, because it has solved racism. I know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone leave a gig on television for the job of Being Professionally Pleasant? Acting is so much less work. I wouldn’t leave such a cushy job, but Meghan quit Suits because of love. Delightful, […]

If we’re going to have a rink at Parliament Hill, let’s do it right

Nov 27 2017 — Vicky Mochama — For the first time all year, there’s something exciting happening on Parliament Hill. The Heritage Ministry announced they’ll be installing an ice rink on the east lawn of the Hill. Currently under construction and slated to open in December, the rink comes with boards, stands and something Ottawa does not need in December: a cooling […]

Poll shows UCP with massive support over NDP

Oct 27 2017 — — The United Conservative Party (UCP) is choosing their leader this weekend, but a poll is showing that regardless of who wins that race, a majority of Albertans would vote for the party if the election were held today. The polling was done by students at Lethbridge College under the direction of professor Faron Ellis. They […]

Are Mélanie Joly and Bill Morneau being Punk’d?

Oct 22 2017 — Vicky Mochama — If I was being generous, I’d say between the foibles of these two ministers on tax changes and cultural policy, the party looks incompetent. But it’s rather good at branding the prime minister. Ever since they had her sit on a stage with the head of the Chicken Farmers of Canada to announce a frankly […]

Mulroney denounced racism in the ’80s. Why can’t Andrew Scheer right now?

Aug 29 2017 — Vicky Mochama — In the ’80s, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney unequivocally denounced prejudice and those who stoke it. Now, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer can barely muster a bad word about The Rebel. While Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist, Rebel Media contributor Faith Goldy was streaming live from the demonstration. For those who’d looked away from […]

Liberal and PC parties in ‘dead heat’ in Nova Scotia election campaign: poll

May 19 2017 — — With less than two weeks left before the May 30 provincial election, polling numbers released Thursday put the governing Liberals and the opposition Progressive Conservatives in a dead heat. The poll of 1,057 Nova Scotians by Forum Research shows among decided and leaning voters, the Liberals lead with 37 per cent, but are “statistically tied” […]

Political expert predicts “tough love” in 2017 Manitoba budget

Apr 10 2017 — — Since Brian Pallister and the Tories formed government a year ago this month, their mandate has been clear—that’s why a local political expert says this Tuesday’s provincial budget shouldn’t catch Manitobans by surprise. Adjunct political studies professor Christopher Adams says the Progressive Conservative government has been laying pipe for months in preparation for a budget […]

Kevin O’Leary delivers scathing attack on Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil

Feb 8 2017 — — Businessman Kevin O’Leary— one of 14 candidates for the federal Conservative party leadership— has come out swinging in an open letter addressed to Stephen McNeil, the premier of Nova Scotia. O’Leary mentions that he met with “hundreds” of people from across Atlantic Canada while in Halifax for a leadership candidate debate on Feb. 4. In […]

Oil pipeline question creates tense moment for Trudeau at Dartmouth town hall

Jan 17 2017 — — Oil pipelines brought a tense moment into Justin Trudeau’s Dartmouth town hall, when when a chorus of yells came after the prime minister cited western indigenous groups agreeing with the newly-approved lines. More than 2,000 people gathered at the Dartmouth Sportsplex Monday night to hear from Trudeau, who took audience questions on refugees, aging hospitals, […]