National Newswatch

Here’s what changed in the COVID-19 emergency bill — and why opposition called it a Liberal ‘power grab’

Mar 25 2020 — — The Liberal government was forced into a significant climbdown on Wednesday morning over its COVID-19 emergency legislation, after being accused of a “power grab” that would equip the finance minister with exceptional authorities to tax, spend and loan money without limit. Parliament passed an updated version of Bill C-13 in the early morning following a […]

Liberals can’t help being opportunistic with their COVID-19 aid bill

Mar 24 2020 — John Ivison — It was the classic curse of the commentator. No sooner was Monday’s oeuvre published, commending Justin Trudeau for ditching wedge politics, than word started to leak about a Liberal plan to effectively neuter Parliament for 21 months. The draft bill that magically found its way into the hands of reporters, after the government shared it […]

Ontario urges bars, restaurants to close amid COVID-19 pandemic, hours after telling the public they could all stay open

Mar 16 2020 — Richard Warnica — Ontario’s top doctor is recommending that all bars and restaurants — except those that offer takeout — now close. That announcement came hours after the Premier of Ontario said the province wasn’t yet ready to take that step. The City of Toronto, meanwhile, is strongly recommending that all bars, night-clubs, theatres and dine-in restaurants in […]

Overdue but decisive action from Liberals greatly reduces gloomy prospects for Canada

Mar 13 2020 — John Ivison — The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision. Ottawa’s initial response to COVID-19 was tentative and irresolute. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic and called for “urgent and aggressive” action. The Trudeau government’s reaction was neither, with the result that Canada’s health system and economy risked being squashed. […]

Ottawa to allow federal bureaucrats to work from home if possible

Mar 13 2020 — — Federal bureaucrats will be allowed to work from home if possible for the foreseeable future amidst the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the National Post has learned. “Let me be crystal clear, we’ll be as flexible as humanly possible,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board. The new directive from the Treasury Board Secretariat, which acts […]

‘Liberal-Bloc coalition’ has returned, Tories say, after MP blocks study of SNC-Lavalin scandal

Mar 10 2020 — Jesse Snyder — A parliamentary bid to further investigate the SNC-Lavalin scandal has been shut down with the Bloc Québécois being accused of making a “deal” with the Liberals. Conservative MP Michael Barrett, who was pushing to deepen an earlier ethics probe, said the move suggests the “return of the Liberal-Bloc coalition” was at hand. Marie-Hélène Gaudreau, a […]