National Newswatch

Reforms to RCMP, Canadian justice system coming as protests sweep world, public safety minister says

Jun 11 2020 — Justin Ling — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Canada’s justice system needs to change in light of the international protests for police reform. Blair, speaking exclusively to National Post, previewed changes coming to civilian oversight of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; possible new requirements on how the RCMP tracks use of force incidents, and how his government […]

Canada’s most senior diplomat owes China $1.2 million. He’s vulnerable

Jun 11 2020 — John Ivison — When Francois-Philippe Champagne was promoted to minister of foreign affairs in a cabinet shuffle last December, he received his marching orders from Justin Trudeau in the form of a mandate letter. “The arrangement of your private affairs should bear the closest public scrutiny,” Champagne was advised. “This is an obligation that is not fully discharged […]

O’Toole releases platform promising reduced emissions, foreign competition for airlines and telecoms

Jun 10 2020 — Brian Platt — The platform does not propose a timeframe for balancing the budget, but O’Toole says he will review both taxes and spending to determine how to get there. Conservative leadership contender Erin O’Toole has released a 50-page policy platform that includes promises to achieve net-zero emissions in the oil and gas sector, allow foreign competition for […]

Donald Trump is no Winston Churchill, and the comparison is ludicrous

Jun 4 2020 — John Ivison — It is advisable to tread lightly when wandering around the minefields of today’s culture wars. Nonetheless, I felt on solid ground in mocking the attempt by Donald Trump’s callow press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to compare her boss to Winston Churchill. She suggested that Trump’s photo op on the steps of St. John’s Episcopal Church, across […]

Kenney considers legal action over firearm ban, says gun owners being used as ‘scapegoats’

Jun 4 2020 — Jesse Snyder — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province would be “seriously considering” legal action against Ottawa over its recent firearms ban, arguing that Albertan gun owners were being used as “scapegoats” as part of the federal Liberals’ political ambitions. Tapping into mildly separatist sentiments on Wednesday, Kenney announced a range of measures aimed at asserting more […]

‘A guilty conscience?’ MPP Randy Hillier mocks minister Ahmed Hussen’s experience with racism

Jun 3 2020 — Don Braid — Of all the Canadian responses to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement, one of the most offensive comes from Randy Hillier, a Progressive Conservative legislative member in Ontario. Ahmed Hussen, the federal Liberal minister of families, children, and social development, had said on CTV: “I have been followed in stores. Instinctively my back gets up when […]