National Newswatch

RCAF facing problems getting enough parts for C-130J Hercules transport planes – wheels being taken from older aircraft

Apr 15 2019 — David Pugliese — The Canadian military’s main fleet of transport aircraft have been dogged with problems over the last several years, prompting a warning at one point that the lack of the availability of the planes was having a significant impact. There have been problems getting enough parts for the C-130J Hercules transport aircraft fleet, forcing the Royal […]

Federal ministries launch investigations after officials provide Irving Shipbuilding with information about Postmedia journalist

Mar 14 2019 — David Pugliese — Two federal ministries are investigating potential violations of privacy laws after government officials shared details about a Postmedia news story and the journalist pursuing it, with representatives of Irving Shipbuilding. Following a tip, Postmedia submitted questions on March 6 to two departments, National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada, about possible problems with some […]

As SNC-Lavalin affair simmered, Trudeau flew to Florida for a break

Mar 12 2019 — Tristin Hopper — As another round of SNC-Lavalin revelations broke over the weekend, Justin Trudeau was spotted taking a breather in a remote corner of Southwest Florida. “Canada’s prime minister, embroiled in a political scandal, is now escaping to Southwest Florida,” announced NBC 2, a local news affiliate who got exclusive word of the visiting national leader.

Here’s what Quebec’s francophone pundits are saying about Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin

Feb 13 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — In the ongoing debate over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and what kind of “pressure” was put on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent it, the pundit classes of Quebec and the rest of Canada are singing different songs. Since the Globe and Mail published a report last week alleging the Prime Minister’s Office pushed Wilson-Raybould […]

Just another day at the office for a government that looks increasingly grubby

Feb 12 2019 — John Ivison — In the words of parody news anchor Ron Burgundy: “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Jody Wilson-Raybould’s letter resigning from cabinet Tuesday — in which she thanked all Canadians but, conspicuously, not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — has left the impression that we have a caricature of a government, as buffoonish and clueless as Burgundy and his […]

Report of PMO interference in justice case rocks political scene

Feb 7 2019 — — The political scene in Ottawa was rocked by a bombshell story released Thursday morning alleging political interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in a major justice matter. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction […]

Military chief kept no notes of discussions about Norman case with Trudeau, Butts and Telford, court hears

Jan 31 2019 — Brian Platt — Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance testified in court Wednesday as part of a third-party records hearing ahead of Norman’s criminal […]

Is Jagmeet Singh the NDP’s problem, or vice versa?

Jan 16 2019 — Chris Selley — More and more New Democrats seem concerned that Jagmeet Singh mightn’t have been the best choice for leader, let alone deserving of a whopping 54 per cent first ballot victory. His various alleged crimes include rendering himself invisible for months, imposing draconian punishments on popular MPs, and going on TV to suggest we stop importing […]