National Newswatch

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: First-ever French-Language Leaders Debate in a National Campaign

Jul 24 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Canadian federal politics became much more inclusive on this date in 1984. For the first time during a general election campaign, party leaders participated in a full French-language nationally-televised debate. It featured then Prime Minister John Turner for the Liberal Party, Ed Broadbent of the NDP, and Brian Mulroney of the Progressive Conservatives. Two days […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Tom Axworthy Appointed Principal Secretary to PM Pierre Trudeau

Jul 23 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today is a very important day in the life of career of one of the most important political advisors in modern Canadian political history. It was, on this date in 1981, that Tom Axworthy was appointed by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the 15th Prime Minister’s principal secretary. Axworthy replaced another legendary figure from PMO […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Tom Axworthy Appointed Principal Secretary to PM Pierre Trudeau

Jul 23 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today is a very important day in the life of career of one of the most important political advisors in modern Canadian political history.  It was, on this date in 1981, that Tom Axworthy was appointed by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the 15th Prime Minister’s principal secretary.  Axworthy replaced another legendary figure from PMO […]

Food industry alliance reaching out to the sector to participate in creating grocery store code of conduct

Jul 22 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—A food industry alliance is reaching out to the rest of the sector to participate in developing a Grocer Code of Conduct on how the large grocery store chains treat their suppliers, says Kathleen Sullivan, CEO of Food and Beverage Canada (FBC). The country’s agriculture ministers agreed at a mid-July meeting to request the food […]

Freeland walks back Finance Department threat to delay intergenerational business transfer bill

Jul 21 2021 — Alex Binkley — Finance promises consultations on Income Tax amendments.   Ottawa-Legislation easing transfers of farms and small businesses to family members is the law of the land and the Finance Department will conduct consultations on related amendments to the Income Tax Act in the coming months. The Commons finance committee spent four hours July 20 questioning Parliamentary […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister of Ghana addresses Canada’s Parliament

Jul 21 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1958 that Canadian parliamentarians first heard directly from an African leader. Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence from the United Kingdom the year before, delivered an address to a joint-session of our Parliament. Two years later, in 1960, he would be elected President of Ghana. Nkrumah, […]

Anguish Across Two Continents

Jul 21 2021 — Glen Pearson — It’s the war few wish to talk about or summon from their memory.  One American general last week called it a “heartbreaking failure.” The war in Afghanistan was Canada’s longest and perhaps the most misunderstood.  For a time, it seized Parliament in Ottawa, brought the grief of losing loved ones directly to Canadian households, and […]

The Canada Health Act

Jul 21 2021 — Stephen Skyvington — Walter Cronkite, who was referred to as “the most trusted man in America” during the twenty years he anchored the CBS Evening News, once said, “America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” He was right when he made that comment and he’d be right if he said the same thing today. […]

Industry proposes Code of Practice to deal with grocery chain fees

Jul 20 2021 — Alex Binkley — Final format of the Code not likely until late 2022.   Ottawa—The federal and provincial agriculture ministers have handed resolution of the dispute involving product fees charged by the largest grocery store chains to a special committee established by the food sector. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says during a virtual ministers meeting in mid-June it […]

The Hall Commission and the introduction of medicare

Jul 20 2021 — Stephen Skyvington — In 1948, Paul Martin Sr., in his role as federal minister of national health and welfare for the Mackenzie King government, announced a number of grants that were intended to help the provinces deal with a variety of health care issues, including public and mental health; the treatment of cancer, tuberculosis, and venereal disease; and […]