National Newswatch

Canadian children school adults about climate crisis

Mar 15 2019 — — Twelve-year-old Roy Bateman already knows what he’d say if he met Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “I wouldn’t go up and scream in his face,” he says matter-of-factually. “I would ask him why he’s not taking climate action. Why he cancelled cap and trade and why he thinks this is good.” Bateman pauses. “If he replies […]

SNC-Lavalin announced confidential deal with feds, four days after Trudeau’s first throne speech in 2015

Mar 11 2019 — Carl Meyer — Four days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals opened their first session of Parliament with a throne speech in 2015, the federal government entered into a new confidential deal with SNC-Lavalin. The Quebec construction and engineering giant touted the deal in December of that year, noting that it would allow it to continue scoring lucrative […]

Trudeau-appointed task force proposes solutions to address fear, anxiety and mistrust among coal workers

Mar 10 2019 — Carl Meyer — There is mistrust and suspicion of government intentions. There are fears about devastating impacts to communities. There’s anxiety over whether officials can deliver on promises. And there’s frustration with being disparaged as dirty. These are some of the stark assessments from the thousands of workers in coal mines and coal-fired power plants across Canada that […]

The hidden key to the SNC-Lavalin scandal

Mar 8 2019 — — SNC-Lavalin, a Canadian corporate giant with an established history of corruption, is charged with bribing the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal regime over many years, in exchange for lucrative contracts. This case is the most serious and important prosecution of corporate corruption in modern Canadian history, and we’re arguing about jobs and whether Jody Wilson-Raybould […]

Bill Morneau denies wrongdoing on SNC-Lavalin

Feb 28 2019 — — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says his staff acted “absolutely appropriately” on the SNC-Lavalin file, denying any wrongdoing. Speaking to reporters in Toronto Thursday, Morneau responded a day after former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, gave a damning testimony in front of the House of Commons justice committee, which implicated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, […]

Lisa MacLeod wanted the mother of an autistic child to say the Ford government was ‘on the right track’

Feb 28 2019 — — Sherri Taylor is a mom of five from Windsor, Ontario, whose eight-year-old son, Elijah, was diagnosed with autism four years ago. For years, Taylor has been fighting the government to include alternative treatments like speech physiotherapy in the Ontario Autism Plan — treatments she says has helped bring about “astronomical” changes in her son. Taylor […]

I got booed by the People’s Party of Canada

Feb 22 2019 — — My apologies, because I should have written this story the day after it all went down. These events happened a couple of weeks ago in Burnaby South but I just haven’t found the time. Wherever you are in Canada, this is a story for you, too. I’ve been itching to describe the by-election event because […]

Tories are ‘joyous’ about departure of ‘feared’ Trudeau advisor

Feb 19 2019 — — Federal Conservative MPs were gloating on Monday following the resignation of a key advisor and friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the midst of a political crisis. Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary and long-time friend, announced he would be resigning due to a scandal that has rocked the Trudeau government. The departure instantly provided […]

‘It’s like pulling teeth’: Catherine McKenna accused of stalling on fossil fuel subsidies

Feb 14 2019 — Carl Meyer — Two years after the auditor general concluded that the Trudeau government had failed to identify its subsidies for the oil and gas industry, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says federal officials are still working on it. In a letter sent to Karen Hamilton, a program officer at Ottawa-based corporate accountability organization Above Ground, McKenna suggests this […]

Parliamentary watchdog rejects Morneau’s criticism of its Trans Mountain report

Feb 12 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s parliamentary watchdog has made some changes to a recent report on the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project, rejecting previous criticism of its research by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The blog post that accompanied the Jan. 31 report of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) was also updated Tuesday afternoon to “respond to additional […]