National Newswatch

Bibeau, Hardeman up pressure for agreement on BRM reforms

Jan 22 2021 — Alex Binkley — Quick agreement to proposed changes needed by producers, they say.   Ottawa—Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her Ontario counterpart Ernie Hardeman are putting the pressure on reluctant colleagues to agree to proposed changes to the AgriStability component of the federal-provincial Business Risk Management (BRM) program for farmers. The changes were unveiled by Bibeau in […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Erin O’Toole, a Liberal victory at the polls (1874), Ed Schreyer, and the passing of Queen Victoria

Jan 22 2021 — Arthur Milnes — What an incredibly important day on the Canadian political history calendar. First off, as always, we start with birthdays. So, happy birthday from Kingston to Canada’s Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole. Mr. O’Toole turns 48 today. Then, we should note that it was on this date in 1874 that Alexander Mackenzie and his Liberals […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Erin O’Toole, a Liberal victory at the polls (1874), Ed Schreyer, and the passing of Queen Victoria

Jan 22 2021 — Arthur Milnes — What an incredibly important day on the Canadian political history calendar.  First off, as always, we start with birthdays.  So, happy birthday from Kingston to Canada’s Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole.  Mr. O’Toole turns 48 today. Then, we should note that it was on this date in 1874 that Alexander Mackenzie and his Liberals […]

New Transport Minister Brings Clean Slate To Airline Pandemic Relief Negotiations

Jan 22 2021 — Massimo Bergamini — It is likely that there was more to last week’s surprise cabinet shuffle than just some pre-electoral housekeeping triggered by the decision of the former minister for innovation Navdeep Bains not to seek re-election. Considering the growing clamour over air service cuts that are leaving communities — in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere — isolated from […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: VP George Bush Discusses ‘Grave Issues’ with PM Brian Mulroney

Jan 21 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1987 that Vice President George H.W. Bush arrived in Ottawa, where he received one of the toughest messages an American official ever has from a Canadian Prime Minister. Brian Mulroney, who had come to office three years before pledging a more positive approach to Canadian-American relations, was, in a […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: VP George Bush Discusses ‘Grave Issues’ with PM Brian Mulroney

Jan 21 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1987 that Vice President George H.W. Bush arrived in Ottawa, where he received one of the toughest messages an American official ever has from a Canadian Prime Minister. Brian Mulroney, who had come to office three years before pledging a more positive approach to Canadian-American relations, was, in a […]

Time to Build More Walls

Jan 20 2021 — Glen Pearson — My favourite movie of all time is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  I watch it on every birthday.  It’s sappy.  It’s simplistic.  But it remains my favourite movie – ever!  And the Lincoln Memorial is my favourite spot in that moving city.  I spend my longest and most meaningful moments there.  Above my desk is […]

We Could Start with Reality

Jan 19 2021 — Glen Pearson — Tomorrow is that day. Hundreds of millions around the world will be glued to the action taking place in front of the American Capitol, their teeth on edge and their worry meter steadily climbing. It’s Inauguration Day in the United States, and there has been nothing like it in all its history.  Armed guards everywhere.  […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Yellowknife Named Capital of the Northwest Territories

Jan 18 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Very pleased today to mark an anniversary important to everyone in old stomping grounds as a reporter in the Northwest Territories. So, it was on this date in 1967 that Yellowknife was named the NWT’s capital city. I first experienced Yellowknife on a four-month contract for Northern News Services during the spring-summer of 1995 (where […]