National Newswatch

As Parliament studies barriers for women in politics, MP launches online ‘campaign school’

Jul 3 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — A former NDP leadership candidate is launching an online course to teach women how to get involved in politics. Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, who ran for her party’s leadership last year, is holding a series of seven online seminars aimed at young progressive women, covering political organizing, fundraising, campaign management, candidacy, media training, youth issues […]

Don’t self-censor to please China in trading relationship, exiled Tibetan leader tells Canada

Jun 18 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — During a visit to Ottawa this week, Tibet’s exiled political leader was warning Canada not to fall into a trap as its trade relationship with China deepens. Especially amid recent uncertainty with Canada’s biggest trade partner, the United States, it makes economic sense to engage with China, said Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan […]

Scheer has work to do in Quebec, but his first gamble paid off

May 9 2018 — Celine Cooper — Seeking to raise his profile, Andrew Scheer, the 38-year-old federal Conservative leader from Saskatchewan, rolled the dice and went on Tout le monde en parle (TLMEP). Why do I say “rolled the dice”? Because for English-speaking federalist politicians, an appearance on Quebec’s must-watch television talk show can be a risky venture. For Scheer, his appearance […]

Cash in a filing cabinet and 20 TVs in storage: audit finds serious mismanagement at Canada’s embassy in Egypt

Apr 12 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — An audit of Canada’s embassy in Egypt has found serious examples of mismanagement, including the loss of $81,000 in unrecoverable taxes and a decision to buy 20 high-quality televisions, then abandon them for months in a warehouse. The details are revealed in a newly-released report, part of a multi-year review of which Canadian embassies are […]

Trudeau tweet caused influx of refugee inquiries, confusion within government, emails reveal

Apr 3 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used Twitter to welcome refugees to Canada last winter, it prompted a spike in inquiries from would-be refugees to Canadian embassies abroad, and resulted in confusion within the federal government, newly released emails reveal. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity […]

Scheer leading Conservatives gaining voter momentum: poll

Feb 4 2018 — — The federal Conservatives are gaining voter momentum being led by Andrew Scheer, according to a new poll by Forum Research. In a random sampling among 1,408 Canadian voters, Conservative support has risen significantly and now four in 10 – or 43% — say they would support Scheer’s party if an election were held today, up […]

Liberals won’t appeal court decision that struck $1,000 deposit requirement for federal election candidates

Nov 27 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Candidates will no longer have to pay a $1,000 deposit to stand in federal elections. Citing “openness and fairness,” democratic institutions minister Karina Gould said Monday the government will not appeal an Alberta court decision last month that found the requirement unconstitutional. “My mandate letter commits me to improving our democratic institutions and restoring Canadians’ […]

What’s the latest on delivery of new navy ships? That’s hush hush, federal government says

Nov 24 2017 — David Pugliese — The Canadian government can’t provide parliament with a schedule for the delivery of the navy’s new supply ships or the coast guard’s Polar-class icebreaker because it deems such information secret. But the refusal to provide such basic details to MPs on shipbuilding programs that are costing billions of dollars could be a sign construction of […]