National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole faces backlash from ‘surprised and frustrated’ Conservatives over carbon pricing plan

Apr 18 2021 — Brian Platt — When Conservative leader Erin O’Toole announced on Thursday that his party will include a carbon price on consumer fuels as part of their election platform, internal backlash was inevitable. Scrapping “Trudeau’s carbon tax” is a core promise the Conservative Party has made to its supporters for years. O’Toole won the Conservative leadership race last year […]

‘Surging like absolute crazy’: Ontario hospitals ‘pray’ they don’t reach last-resort stage in third wave

Apr 14 2021 — — The triage protocol would mean choosing which patients should be offered potentially life-prolonging care. The idea of people being removed from intensive care, unhooked from ventilators that might have saved them to make room for someone else more likely to survive is almost unfathomable, says the president and CEO of Canada’s largest university hospital. “I […]

Costs for consultants hired by government rise by $6 billion under Liberals

Apr 12 2021 — Jesse Snyder — Fees paid by the federal government to third-party consultants have ballooned since the Liberals took office in 2015, with expenditures for engineering, legal and other services rising $6 billion in six years. Costs for “professional and special services” increased to $16.4 billion in 2019-20, up from $9.5 billion when the Liberal government took office — […]

Let the fun begin at duelling Liberal, NDP policy conventions

Apr 6 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Last month, the Conservatives held a virtual party convention; this weekend, it’s the NDP and Liberals’ turn. And what a jolly time it promises to be, with policy resolutions that veer from centre-left to downright Trotskyite. Both parties propose a guaranteed basic income, a transition to a green energy economy, and to protect worker pensions. […]

Mining executives warn Ottawa about dependence on China for strategic minerals amid deteriorating relations

Apr 5 2021 — Jesse Snyder — Mining executives and national security experts are warning the federal government about China’s domination of strategic mineral supplies, saying Ottawa needs to better protect supply chains for modern technology that relies on them like electric vehicles and smart phones. In testimony before the House of Commons natural resources committee this month, experts described China’s decades-long […]

Chinese diplomat blasts Trudeau, says he ruined relations with China and is a U.S. ‘running dog’

Mar 30 2021 — Tom Blackwell — A Chinese consul general in Brazil has derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a “running dog” of the U.S. whose only accomplishment is to ruin friendly relations with China, the latest example of Beijing’s combative new, “wolf-warrior” brand of diplomacy. Li Yang, based in Rio de Janeiro, also referred to Trudeau as “boy” and a […]