National Newswatch

Trudeau can bounce back from ethics ruling on SNC-Lavalin

Aug 18 2019 — Gloria Galloway — The federal integrity commissioner’s finding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the conflict of interest rules is an aftershock to the earthquake that rocked the government through the first few months of this year. The SNC-Lavalin scandal had already inflicted permanent damage on Trudeau’s personal brand. And the timing of Mario Dion’s report, which comes […]

The pre-election script Trudeau could be reading, but isn’t

Aug 15 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Rejoice, Canada! Say so long, first-past-the-post, and hello to the brave new world of proportional representation. Final campaign preparations under the new voting regime are now being made by all parties. Entire armies of political strategists weaned on the vicious norms of two-party battles are taking one final look at their draft battle plans under […]

Trudeau should try killing the Conservatives with kindness

Jul 18 2019 — Andrew MacDougall — Going negative works. The Conservative Party proved it for years with successive attacks on Liberal leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Both men had much to offer, but the respective Tory counters of “not a leader” and “didn’t come back for you” had too much truth to be ignored by voters. Indeed, Ignatieff was so […]

Melnyk dismisses ‘flippant’ apology from Lisa MacLeod for profane tirade

Jul 6 2019 — — Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says he was unimpressed by MPP Lisa MacLeod’s “flippant” apology for an f-bomb laden tirade at last weekend’s Rolling Stones concert. Melnyk and MacLeod spoke briefly by phone on Thursday afternoon, then MacLeod tweeted Friday morning acknowledging her “blunt” language. “Let me set the record straight,” MacLeod said in a 6:10 […]

Egan: Ousted MPP Hillier says Ford may not survive as premier

Jul 6 2019 — — At his 1850s stone farmhouse at the end of a winding lane, on the edge of a forest, MPP Randy Hillier is reclined in an Adirondack on the porch, coffee in hand, as two grandchildren skitter about the lawn on a sweltering July morning. Birds are chirping and the old maples are swaying in the […]

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 […]