National Newswatch

Jason Kenney’s government responds to ‘urgency’ over millions in unpaid oilpatch property taxes

May 13 2019 — Mike De Souza — As small towns write off millions of dollars in unpaid taxes from Alberta’s slumping oilpatch, Premier Jason Kenney’s government says it has sprung into action to find solutions for both the industry and municipalities. Provincial Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu made the comments after meeting with Al Kemmere, president of Rural Municipalities of Alberta, whose […]

Watchdog warns lobbyists about partisan fundraisers, expressing political views

May 13 2019 — Carl Meyer — A parliamentary watchdog is warning lobbyists to be careful about participating in partisan activities such as fundraising events and expressing personal political views in public, to avoid placing themselves in a conflict of interest. Federal Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger delivered the warning in updated guidelines for lobbyists, posted online on April 2, a few days […]

How far-right extremists rebrand to evade Facebook’s ban

May 11 2019 — — A week after Facebook banned a group of prominent far-right influencers for violating its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations,” the company has removed another page that was being used to circumvent the ban. Facebook took down the page after being asked about it by National Observer. The now-removed Facebook page is associated with a […]

Jason Kenney and the politics of destiny

May 10 2019 — Randy Boswell — On the day he assumed office, freshly minted Alberta Premier Jason Kenney — widely expected to take a run for prime minister some day — tweeted a 42-year-old photograph of himself as a boy sitting on a couch beside a Canadian political icon. “When I was nine, former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker sat down and […]

Jason Kenney gets hero’s welcome in Doug Ford’s Ontario

May 3 2019 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford was all smiles on Friday morning as he welcomed his “great ally” — newly-minted Alberta Premier Jason Kenney — four days into the latter’s new mandate. Both premiers used the occasion to reiterate their fight against the federal carbon tax. “I want to thank Premier Ford and his government for being […]

Ford cuts to drive Mowat Centre out of business

Apr 29 2019 — Carl Meyer — A prominent Ontario think tank that reports on immigration, Indigenous education and other key issues says it will soon be going out of business after the provincial government cut its funding. The 10-year-old Mowat Centre, a research organization at the University of Toronto, has recently examined issues such as the “uneven success” of the province’s […]

Canadian pipeline regulator deleted message about security threat at Calgary office

Apr 24 2019 — — The NEB was rocked by allegations that one of its employees had exhibited “unusual behaviour” at the regulator’s Calgary headquarters. It was behaviour that led co-workers to fear for their safety, according to the email. There was something in an email sent by a private investigator that prompted a scare within the Calgary offices of […]

New York City’s Green New Deal is music to Quebec’s ears

Apr 23 2019 — Carl Meyer — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Green New Deal is music to the ears of Quebec Premier François Legault‏. Under de Blasio’s plan to tackle climate change, unveiled Monday, all city operations would run on 100 per cent “zero-emission Canadian hydropower” within five years. Negotiations would begin “right away” with the aim of signing […]

Tragedy and politics on Prince Edward Island

Apr 22 2019 — Justin Ling — Elections on Prince Edward Island tend to be as predictable as the tides. In the 146 years since the province’s first election after Confederation, just two parties have traded power. No party other than the Liberals and Conservatives has ever won more than a single seat in a general election. There’s no doubt that was […]

Suzuki Foundation, Tides and other groups brace for impact of Jason Kenney’s new war

Apr 17 2019 — Carl Meyer — Prominent Canadian environmental leaders say they hope to focus on priorities such as fighting climate change as they brace for the impact of government-led attacks and investigations promised on Tuesday night by the incoming premier of oil-rich Alberta. The comments came in response to a blistering victory speech delivered by Alberta United Conservative Party Leader […]