National Newswatch

Harper condemns Sikh separatists, predicts close Modi-Scheer ties in pro-India speech

Jul 11 2019 — Tom Blackwell — Harper’s comments raised questions about whether his party is moving closer to New Delhi on an issue that has long roiled the Indo-Canadian community. Former prime minister Stephen Harper condemned Canadians who promote Sikh separatism and predicted close ties with a controversial Indian government if the Conservatives win back power, underscoring in a recent speech […]

Canadian officials instructed to stop using ‘progressive’ to describe trade deals, documents show

Jul 4 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — When Canada signed on to a massive Asia-Pacific trade deal last year, the Liberal government faced some mockery for insisting on putting the term “progressive” in the title. A few months later, bureaucrats were quietly instructed to drop the word in favour of describing it as an “inclusive approach to trade” instead, newly released documents […]

Architecture battle grips Canada’s capital amid fears the Chateau Laurier is about to be ruined

Jul 4 2019 — Brian Platt — Under normal circumstances, a three-year planning dispute in Ottawa wouldn’t make the national news. But when it involves the landmark Chateau Laurier hotel, the turreted jewel of the postcard landscape alongside the Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal, the stakes get higher. “This is going to, as it currently stands, disfigure an iconic, famous, important, […]

There’s a debate over Canada’s new definition of anti-Semitism, and it might sound strangely familiar

Jun 28 2019 — Maura Forrest — You could be forgiven for having missed the fact that Canada has adopted a formal definition of anti-Semitism. It was included as part of the government’s new anti-racism strategy, announced by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez earlier this week, in a list of terminology toward the end. “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may […]

Leader of India’s Punjab calls for sanctions against Canada if it does not crack down on Sikh extremists

Jun 27 2019 — Tom Blackwell — Capt. Amarinder Singh has always made it clear he thinks Canada is soft on alleged Sikh extremists in this country. The head of India’s Punjab state government once alleged the Liberal cabinet harbours four “Khalistani” advocates of an independent Sikh homeland, publicly snubbed Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a list […]

Medicine shortages feared as Trump backs Florida, Colorado laws to import Canadian drugs in bulk

Jun 20 2019 — Tom Blackwell — It is a state with 21 million people, a huge concentration of medicine-consuming senior citizens and massive influence in the next U.S. election. And now, with President Donald Trump’s support, Florida is coming for Canada’s prescription drugs. New legislation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last week will set up a formal, government-run […]

Government backs down on attempt to force judges to disclose individual expenses

Jun 13 2019 — Brian Platt — The government has backed down on a plan to force federally-appointed judges to disclose their individual expenses, a move judges had warned was unconstitutional and would undermine the public’s confidence in the judiciary. The climbdown comes after judicial organizations voiced pointed objections in testimony at the Senate legal affairs committee. The committee then amended Bill […]

Senators preparing for crucial votes on controversial C-69 and C-48, potentially ending defiant push in upper chamber

Jun 6 2019 — Jesse Snyder — Senators could hold critical votes this evening on two natural resource bills, possibly ending a prolonged pushback in the Senate against legislation that has been met with intense criticism by Western provinces and industry. The senate is set to vote at 5:30 p.m. this evening on whether to kill Bill C-48, the contentious moratorium on […]

‘New Serene Dave’ not so zen after learning AG faces a funding crunch under Liberals

Jun 6 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The auditor general and deputy minister of finance will be invited to a House committee next week, MPs decided Thursday, to explain a funding shortfall that’s causing cuts to the independent auditor’s work, including a planned performance review on government cyber security. The public accounts committee heard last month from the interim auditor general, Sylvain […]

Scheer won’t march in Pride parades this year, but Conservatives say they fight for gay rights in ‘many ways’

Jun 5 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — As his party continues to lead in the polls in the run-up to this fall’s federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer does not plan to march in any Pride parades this year. The Conservative Party confirmed Scheer’s plans this week, even as Ontario premier Doug Ford faces criticism from some quarters for announcing he will […]