National Newswatch

PBO to examine $60 billion price tag of new warships and compare to other less expensive foreign programs

Aug 8 2020 — David Pugliese — The $60 billion price tag of Canada’s proposed new fleet of warships will come under the scrutiny of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, who will also examine other less costly similar projects underway in other countries. The House of Commons government operations committee requested that Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux examine the cost of the Canadian […]

Government officials claimed Ontario police were investigating military efforts to allegedly hide documents in Mark Norman case — that turned out to be false

Aug 5 2020 — David Pugliese — An Ontario police investigation into allegations the Canadian military tried to hide documents in the Mark Norman affair never happened despite official federal government claims to the contrary, this newspaper has confirmed. The investigation was supposed to have been turned over by the RCMP to the Ontario Provincial Police more than a year ago but […]

RCAF Cyclone helicopter missing, believed to have crashed into the sea off Greek coast

Apr 29 2020 — David Pugliese — A Royal Canadian Air Force Cyclone helicopter is reported missing and the Canadian military says search and rescue operations have been launched. Greek news outlets reported the helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of Greece on Wednesday. The Canadian Forces confirmed on a social media account Wednesday that there was a “developing situation […]

As they work on coronavirus strategy, the Liberals struggle with their own poor political health

Mar 6 2020 — Shachi Kurl — Across the country, Canadians are wondering aloud about their risk and exposure to COVID-19. But perhaps there is no entity more susceptible, at least politically, to the novel coronavirus than the Trudeau government. The prime minister’s own approval numbers have plummeted 10 points over the last month, the same timeframe in which it has both […]

Liberals hold Ottawa-Vanier and Ottawa-Orléans seats in provincial byelections

Feb 28 2020 — — The Ontario Liberals received two electoral shots in the arm on Thursday as Stephen Blais and Lucille Collard easily won byelections to retain long-held seats for the party in the neighbouring Ottawa-Orléans and Ottawa-Vanier ridings. Those victories increased the Liberals’ allotment of seats in the Legislature to eight among 124 overall. The Progressive Conservative government […]

Canada should learn global lessons on wireless regulation

Feb 18 2020 — Richard Feasey — To get better, telecom regulators need to learn from their own mistakes and from their counterparts elsewhere in the world. Yet in its current inquiry into wireless markets in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) risks not only being out of step with the rest of the world but moving off in the […]