National Newswatch

The federal government spent $23 million buying 631 new cars for the G7 summit. Now, it’s trying to sell most of them off

Nov 5 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The federal government spent $23 million buying more than 600 brand-new cars for use at this year’s G7 summit — and is now struggling to sell them off second-hand. According to figures the Royal Canadian Mounted Police provided to the National Post, 431 vehicles were to purchased to be used for “motorcade” purposes, and another […]

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 […]