National Newswatch

20 DND staff involved in writing letter after drunken junket article angers military leadership

Jun 11 2019 — David Pugliese — The leadership of the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence have always been sensitive about media coverage of the taxpayer-funded “Party Flight.” Readers might remember this drunken junket where VIPs invited by Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance partied away at public expense in late 2017. The result was a sexual assault […]

In bid to boost turnout, advance polls beefed up for upcoming election

Jun 11 2019 — — Canadians will have more time to cast their vote in the upcoming federal election, with extended hours for early voting and simplified procedures that Elections Canada hopes will cut down on lineups and delays at polling stations. The government hopes to make advanced polls more efficient by eliminating the requirement that voters sign their ballot, […]

Senate committee to call on Vice Adm. Norman, Sajjan and Vance to testify about Norman affair

May 28 2019 — David Pugliese — The Senate’s national security and defence voted Tuesday to call Vice Adm. Mark Norman and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to testify about the legal case against the senior naval officer. Senators voted 7 to 5 in favour of the motion by Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais. Dagenais’s motion called for the committee to “examine and report […]

Steel was a start. But Trudeau needs to rack up more wins

May 23 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Thank you, Donald Trump. It’s not a phrase one usually associates with Justin Trudeau, but it’s hard to believe the words weren’t spoken by the prime minister when news broke that Canada and the United States had finally resolved their manufactured dispute over steel and aluminium tariffs. Not in the specific sense, of course; the […]

Leaders need to shore up trust in Canadian democracy

May 6 2019 — Bruce MacLellan — Earlier this year, the federal government announced it had assembled a small team of top-level public officials whose task for 2019 would be to watch for foreign interference in the fall election. Armed with a “critical incident public protocol,” the so-called Security and Intelligence Threats to Election Taskforce has a mandate to sound the alarm […]

Trudeau should brace for the coming Conservative wave

Apr 12 2019 — Andrew Cohen — Long before the eruptions of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, long before Justin Trudeau misplaced his halo, the re-election of the federal Liberals was no sure thing. For the last three years or so, the provinces – and the rest of the world – have been going conservative. This electoral trend may – or may […]

Trudeau’s not a fake feminist, despite how his foes paint him

Apr 5 2019 — Janice Kennedy — Well, that’s it, then. Apparently, Justin Trudeau is a fake feminist. It’s all over the online commentariat. Conservative MPs Lisa Raitt, Candice Bergen and Michelle Rempel have declared that he is. Daughters of the Vote in Ottawa recently turned their backs on him (or at least 15 per cent did). And conservative columnists Licia Corbella […]