National Newswatch

Dangerous intersection of law, politics, business and human rights

Oct 22 2017 — Penny Collenette — Back in the day, business simply required a legal license to operate. The “corporate veil” was rarely pierced as management expected to run its operations with little outside interference. But times have changed and the business model has been forced to reach out, not only to stakeholders, but to civil society. The concept of voluntary […]

Airline industry a permanent hostage to national interests

Oct 22 2017 — Robin V. Sears — As a green young Tokyo trade diplomat, I was peripherally involved in the efforts by Bombardier to sell its executive jets to the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The Canadian bid won on performance, specs, price and operational testing. Greenies like me were ready to celebrate. More seasoned veterans of this murky world said, “Not so fast […]

Quebec’s Bill 62 declares war on sunglasses

Oct 21 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Somewhere in the Quebec government’s legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the province’s public transit system at risk. Ditto presumably in the case of local libraries and city parks. For a province […]

Inside the government’s $200,000 budget artwork

Oct 20 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Between Feb. 1 and March 13 of this year, functionaries in some of the most powerful corners of the federal government, including the finance department and Prime Minister’s Office, were seized with a series of pressing questions. Should the teenage boy on the cover of the upcoming budget, for instance, be really happy with a […]

New envoys to Canada break another glass ceiling

Oct 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Firsts for women happen less often in Canada’s capital these days — and that’s probably good news. Julie Payette is the new Governor General, but she’s the fourth woman to occupy that post in this country’s 150-year history. Women have served at the top of the Supreme Court of Canada and even, briefly, in the […]

Retired Senator Michael Pitfield, influential Trudeau confidant, has died

Oct 19 2017 — — Retired senator Michael Pitfield, a longtime confidant of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and a man who wielded enormous political influence, died Thursday after a decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Pitfield was the elder Trudeau’s clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to cabinet. Senator Pitfield played an especially prominent role in […]

Bill Morneau does the right thing two years too late

Oct 19 2017 — Tim Harper — “I don’t think I’ve been down here before,” Bill Morneau said as he strode to the podium Thursday afternoon, He was talking about a subterranean news conference room on Parliament Hill, but he might as well have been talking about his political fortunes. Morneau had been everywhere this week — Stouffville, Erinsville, and Markham, Ont., […]

Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon resigns over abuse allegations

Oct 18 2017 — Allan Woods — Gilbert Rozon, the impresario behind Montreal’s world-famous Just for Laughs Festival, has quit the entertainment company over unspecified allegations of abuse. He made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening. It was confirmed as authentic by a spokesperson for the festival as well as the organizing committee of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, where Rozon […]

Two years in, Trudeau’s rookie ministers have accounted for much of the government’s grief

Oct 18 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrates the second anniversary of his election victory this week with his finance minister in a self-imposed exile from the House of Commons that the opposition parties would gladly make permanent. Three parliamentary sitting days in the ethical storm that has engulfed Bill Morneau over his decision to keep control, albeit […]

Quebec television personality Eric Salvail taking ‘pause’ after reports of sexual misconduct

Oct 18 2017 — Allan Woods — One of Quebec’s most popular and powerful television personalities is taking a “professional pause” after the publication of a report alleging he has a lengthy history of subjecting those in his employ to harassment and engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour. Eric Salvail has won numerous awards for his zany late-night talk show and just last […]